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-Abraham Lincoln

Adventures in Homeschooling

One of the things that I appreciate the most about being blessed with the opportunity to homeschool my kids is that we can take "field trips" whenever we feel like it.   The freedom to go on outings spontaneously is a wonderful thing and we took one such outing a few days ago.

While I was going over Middle's preschool lessons about nature I decided to take all the kids on a scavenger hunt at the nature preserve a few miles down the road from us.   I gave the older two kids a list with different items that they should look for (eg. pine cones, acorns, pond, snake, etc.).   When they found an item they got to take a picture of it.   They had so much fun taking pictures that they didn't want to stop so they continued to snap away long after they had finished finding everything on their list.   

Oldest took this picture of the path that we were walking down.

Middle took this one of a field off of our trail.

Middle took this one of some fallen trees.

He also took this picture of the pond which you can just barely see beyond the overgrowth.

Oldest took this picture of the bald eagle that is part of the center's animal rehabilitation program.


WomanWhoRunsWithHorses said...

I enjoyed homeschooling too. Like you say the freedom to spontaneously embark on a field trip was great. But also the freedom to explore a subject for as long as you want, for as long as you felt necessary and appropriate. I enjoyed the challenge of finding just the right way to make the subject make sense to each of my kids. I loved seeing the light bulb go off in their heads when I finally found the right presentation for a subject they were less sure of. We learned so much about each other during those years too. Good times.