We are still trying to do our nature curriculum, although this week is the first week the extension activities have fallen by the wayside. Our art and craft supplies are now packed, and time is a little on the short side! This weeks extension activity of planting some spring bulbs hasn’t completely been sidelined though. We have bought them, they are packed in a box, and as soon as can once we arrive in our new home, we will plant them so we can see some lovely flowers when springtime comes. It will be like this over the next few weeks though, as things need doing once we have moved, and before boxes get unpacked again.
So today we concentrated on the activities we were able to do. We collected some signs of autumn on our walk; we collected a red leaf, a golden leaf, a cluster of berries, an evergreen leaf, and looked at spiders webs, Canada geese taking off for warmer climates, and listening to the sound of the wind in the trees overhead. We then retreated home and got out our nature journals, chatted about the autumn equinox, drew pictures of our findings in our nature journals, and made lists of what reminded us of autumn. Here are some of our thoughts; coloured leaves, falling leaves, kicking leaves, morning dew, windy days, blackberry picking, apples, harvesting, golden corn, cosy jumpers, hot chocolate, blackberry jam, gingerbread men, Halloween, pumpkins, wellie boots, cinnamon, candles, conkers, acorns, cool mornings, cool evenings, shorter days, and cosy socks 🙂 Finding the time to do these things in the midst of moving house is hard, but I am pleased every day I have made myself stop and enjoy an activity with the children. We also read our week’s poem (September by Helen Hunt Jackson), and chatted about this week’s art (Haystacks by Claude Monet).
At the end of the day, one of the lovely school mummies organised the three BFF’s to go out on a mystery adventure together. It turns out the three girls headed up a local landmark (the spinnaker tower) to enjoy a last trip out together, and some food as well. They have all been good friends since they started school and have been through quite a lot together. They had a really lovely time out, and it is another lovely memory for our little lady to treasure.
The Nature Curriculum we use is, “Exploring Nature with Children. A complete, year-long curriculum”. It is a beautifully written framework, written by Raising Little Shoots, and can be found over at https://raisinglittleshoots.com/ It suggests a topic for the week, and then provides some background information and suggestions for nature journaling and outdoor exploring. It also provides a comprehensive suggested reading list (fiction and non-fiction) for each week, plus a poem and a piece of art to study. There are extensions activity ideas too. We use the topic as the theme for our week, and follow the ideas for our journaling, and one fiction book. What we have been doing from the curriculum can be found on our curriculum overview post. The craft, science, maths, and English ideas we have researched ourselves to fit in with the theme 🙂 This makes a learning a lot more nature based.