We have this beautiful book, The Nature Connection, that has a section for each month. This year I started using it with our three year olds as part of our preschool homeschool experience. It is a book that I envision using again and again as our children grow and can investigate things more deeply. I do find it somewhat humorous that I started using it the year that we move to Mississippi and away from more stereotypical seasons, but such is life. I am excited to see what the seasons have in store for us here.
The photo is from a hike on the Ice Age Trail near Devil's Lake in Wisconsin where Fall is stunning. We hiked about a mile total to where the trees were and watched the leaves falling from the trees. This year we walked around our new neighborhood and down to our pond. The leaves are not changing here yet, but there was still much to see, talk about, and record.
Things to Pack:
*Writing and Drawing Implements
*Bags for Collecting things
Things to Do:
*Talk about what they see, hear, feel
*Use the name of the month, "Let's go for a September walk" or "what do you notice about September?"
*What is the weather like?
*Take pictures and/or draw pictures of interesting things you see.
*Use the nature quest check list from The Nature Connection to use your senses.
*Collect interesting samples of things on the ground such as leaves, rocks, twigs, etc and start a nature collection at home.
Here are some general things to think about when going for a walk with young children -
*Always dress yourself and your child(ren) in weather appropriate clothing for a walk.
*Don't forget sunscreen
*Pay attention to how far you are going and turn around long before anyone gets tired. Every child is different, but for a guideline our two year olds can easily walk a half mile - so about a quarter of a mile in I typically turn us around. A mile is possible, but they are quite tired by the end.
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