Homeschooling, farm life and our love of earth

"Everything that happens to you is your teacher. The secret is to learn to sit at the feet of your own life and be taught by it." ~Polly Berrien Berends

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Nature study walk

Today we decided to do a nature study [Homeschooling does not know when it is Sunday!] We loaded up a blanket, our nature study books, crayons and pencils then went walking in our lane.
Thomas found a spider [yawn], but on Kristies advice I decided to focus on spiders. So we sat down and drew the spider.
Oliver scribbled for a while and then began to pick wheat. I'm not sure if he tried to draw a spider, but this could have been one....
Thomas diligently finished his work then we all picked wheat together. His picture is of a big yellow tree with spiders on the end of the branches, I love the leaves. So Sweet!
Thomas was disgusted with my drawing. According to him, the spider was in a crease in the tree and I drew it as if it was living in our house. So I quickly included a leaf. To which he asked "Mommy, where do you see a leaf like that? I cant." Mmmm I think he believes himself to be the teacher. LOL I did consider asking him where the yellow tree is :-)
Well I definitely am not artist, in fact my pictures are quite silly. But I know my silly work inspires some of you to also draw with your kids. It is a great gift to give your children, the freedom of artistic expressionism.

Interestingly, we found two stick insects on the wheat. They were both brown but looked quite different. I was amazed to see life in the old and dry wheat field. But the stick insect study got really exciting when we came home. While eating a apple and drinking a glass of water on the back steps, Oliver squealed with delight, he found a huge stick insect. This is the most beautiful stick insect I have ever seen. He is also the biggest stick insect I have ever seen. Here he is ....

He was green and white striped with the most amazing tail. Can you see the tail?

I love the next picture ... The shadow is amazing.


Jackie said...

That stick bug is SO cool!!!!!! I wish we had them around here!
I love your picture! (and the boy's pictures)
I would LOVE to try more bread recipes. Could you, please, send it along to me? Thanks, Carle!!

Poppy & Mei said...

Everything about this post is wonderful! Xxx

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