This past week we decided to trek the path from our park to the Library with some friends! It was really fun just hanging out and being together! We decided to make this a fun learning experience with a nature hike studying all that we came across.
When our curriculum didn’t work for us, I decided to take matters into my own hands and find something that did. I think I finally found it through the Charlotte Mason Method.
We started out at the park looking at the trees and finding cicada shells. We talked about how often the cicadas come for a visit and why they leave their shells behind.
From there we decided to stop off at the park on our hike and hit the tire swings.
Kayla found a nest in a tree. She was kinda disappointed because there wasn’t anything in it, but she had a great time getting up close and inspecting just exactly how a bird makes a nest.
Of course, anytime you go on a hike, you have to pack a picnic lunch. There is nothing like eating on location, right?
We walked for about a mile and then we finally arrived at the library. While Brooke and I looked for books, the kids decided to take a book bath!
I love taking hikes like these. There is just something about being out in the open that allows our children to have the freedom to explore and learn.
Nature walks present rare opportunities for first-hand learning and can be thrilling for kids. Here are some ideas for keeping your youngster engaged:
- Bring a camera to photograph species your children can later identify.
- Take time to look under rocks for salamanders and insects.
- Bring a basic field guide – your child may be very interested in learning about the birds or butterflies you see.