Week three is all about the harvest moon, which is the name of the full moon that is closest to the autumnal equinox. So the four of us had a little chat about it as it is so cloudy in the evenings it can’t be seen at the moment. It is called the harvest moon, as it is said that farmers took advantage of the better light from the harvest moon to continue to bring in their crops once the sun had set. It appears larger, brighter, and a bit more orangery in colour, due to the seasonal tilt of the earth at this time. We chatted about how we see the moon as being much larger as it is lower in the sky, and so because it is lower, you are looking at it through a greater amount of atmospheric particles than when it is higher, making it have a more orangery colour. I was definitely learning alongside them this morning. After chatting about the moon, we snuggled up for our story of the week, which was The Ugly Duckling.
After our story, we read the next chapter from our Story Book of Science, and again we were all learning from this chapter! The previous chapter had been about ants, and this led onto ants drinking milk from cows. We were all intrigued as to what this was about. It turns out, plant lice (as pictured in the photo from our apple tree), have very dainty suckers that let them feed off the tree sap. Then every so often, a drop of sugary solution escapes from one of 2 tubes, which is the milk for the ants. There is a bit of a complicated process for the ants to obtain the milk, but never the less they do, so the plant lice are the ants cows! Having read about how all this occurred we went in search of the trail of ants that scurry up the wall by our apple tree, and turning over a leaf, sure enough, there were plant lice underneath, but the branch was very heavily populated. So now we have all learnt another new thing today. I am loving this nature curriculum and learning just as much as the children!
On the moving front, our lovely removal man dropped off all our boxes, tape, and tissue paper today, so I have now started the task of packing our home and lives into boxes 🙂
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.