This week is all about fungi, so today we decided we’d do the nature walk, hunt for fungi, and then bring some back home to draw into our nature journals. I thought about where we should head off to, and decided we needed to explore a new bit of the island we are living on. Trouble is, the other side is a bit too far to make the mini men walk to, and then do a 90 minute walk, so we drove to the starting point of the walk. Once they can cycle, this will be by far the best way of getting around, then we can leave the bikes at the start of the hike, and cycle home afterwards. As we found out today, it’s a little bit awkward trying to get to a trail point and then leave your car. We got in a few tight spots, and couldn’t find anywhere to leave it that wasn’t obstructive. After driving around for half an hour (the island takes 5 minutes to drive end to end!!), we eventually settled on the harbour, and starting our walk from a slightly different point.
The starting point by the harbour is somewhere I need to come back to in late spring…..there is a very cute seasonal cafe, that looks like it serves up some very tasty treats, and even though it was very cold today with a bitterly wind, the position of the cafe right on the sea, looked so pretty. Off we set and we had a really lovely walk. We found a secret cove with a small sandy bay, which I think may become a favourite spot of ours. The water is calm there, very clear, and today very cold!!
The walk went along a couple of beaches, through woodland, and down open paths, and luckily we found fungi along our way too. We headed home afterwards, and an impromptu craft session was set up by all three making little people out of acorns, while I cooked some lunch. After lunch it was time for me to cut the last of the hedges, trees, and plants that needed a chop before the winter, and I finally finished them all. This just leaves the leaves and the weeds to tackle now, and I will be happy. The temperature really dropped again today, and with seeing the tractor putting poles into the verge of the roadside on our walk (so we can see where to drive in the snow), I feel like time is running out to get the garden into shape. So it was nice to complete this huge task. Dadda is now also on the case arranging for our winter tyres to go on, as there are already a few people driving noisily around on them.
It was then time to indulge in some colouring and draw our fungi into our journals and have a little chat about them. We all love spending time drawing and it’s a lovely time to spend the later part of the afternoon now its dark 🙂 cosy cosy….ooooo and I got my bank card today so no more UK bank charges for routine shopping!!
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.