Before I go any further, I’m going to confess that I have tweaked the curriculum to suit our needs, as we are a little bit lost in the countryside, haven’t any crafty resources apart from a pencil case, and it’s already blooming freezing out there. So we return home from our nature journal walks to do the nature journal bits, as winter gloves make drawing quite hard 🙂 So, consequently, there is not a sign or a hint of a pond in this week’s topic (as I haven’t located one yet!), but we did cover leaves some more as we love all the colours here. We trotted off and collected lots of different types of leaves yesterday on our walk, and today we sat with our nature journals and did leaf rubbing.
For the mini men it was their first proper attempt at any sort of rubbing. I’d tried bark rubbing a year or so ago, but they didn’t really get the idea and got bored of it. Today they loved seeing the shape of their leaves taking place on their pages. As for our little lady, she was as usual fully immersed in the activity of leaf rubbing.
After that, we sat and read the story for the week “Hello, Harvest Moon”, which was lovely, along with 2 poems for this week; October’s Party by George Cooper and The Harvest Moon by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The piece of art for the week really resembled the place where we are at the moment. Autumn Foliage By Tom Thomson had the array of colours we are in the middle of experiencing at our stuga, and the water in the painting made the children think of our little bay we visited yesterday. We had something new as well this week with a suggested piece of music to listen to – Autumn by Vivaldi, which luckily was on my iTunes anyway, so we listened over our lunch….very civilised with three young children!! Normally there’s a lot of loud chatter and a bit of fighting!
After lunch it was time for me to negotiate finding the food supermarket on my own! I hate shopping anyway, as with three children in tow it’s never great. But adding in the huge risk of not actually finding he place, left me dreading it. In the end I dug out the new European sat nav we’d invested in before we left the UK, and whilst you don’t usually use them to do the food shopping, it served us well and got us there. On our return I turfed all three into the garden to run, run, and run (with a bit of climbing) for over an hour to get rid of some of the nervous monkeyish energy going food shopping seems to produce! Our little lady is very excited as tonight she is off to try Sjöscoutkåren, which is part of the same scout movement as in the UK, but here they are based mainly in boats (due to the sea) and when not in boats, are to be found in the woods. She would be a Tracker (age 8-9 years). Initially we were going to find a British Guides in Foreign countries (BGIFC) Brownie unit, but I have had little success with that, and to be honest it might be better for her to be immersed in Swedish Culture and peers to learn the language more. As well as the gymnastics I wrote about yesterday, I have now got mini man no.1 his first ballet lesson on Friday and our little lady on Monday….both in bare feet as their kit is on the back of a lorry somewhere! Now, where’s that sat nav to try and get her to Sjöscoutkåren!!!
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.