4-H nature walk on a sunny day

This was a typical Charlotte Mason nature walk, I guess.

The children are to be “let alone, left to themselves a great deal to take in what they can of the beauty of earth and heavens.”

Give them time and space to wonder, grow, watch, see, hear, and touch. During the nature walk, they may sketch and record their observations. In addition they may want to collect small natural treasures in a bag to take home for further study.

Miss Mason recommended two activities during a nature walk

1. Sight-seeing or exploring expeditions
In this activity, you send the children off to a specified area with a task: “Go explore over there and come back when you can tell me all about it.” When the children return, let them share verbal descriptions of everything they experienced.

2. Picture-painting or mental photographs
Picture painting is more stationary. You choose a scene to study and then sit and look at it for several minutes, taking in as much detail as possible. Then ask the children to close their eyes and recreate the scene with words. If they are not sure of something, they can open their eyes and look. This activity will develop both observation skills and narration (telling back) skills.

On this 4-H trip we ventured around the Shiloh gardens, which is a land situated close by IHOP-KC. Everyone had to find something unique. We observed and found many interesting things. Afterwords we met in a group and shared about our findings.

Kevin’s find was a frog and a dead fish.

Dead fish became the object of various poking and squeezing experiments.

Teah’s find was bunch of flowers. Sophie found an access to the pond, with a shore full of mud. Long stick became a fishing pole and she was getting all kinds of slimy things from the water. She was enjoying it for some time.

My American husband joined us and found some shots to be captured.

I found peace for a while.

All citations taken from this wonderful site about Nature study.


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