Lots of Nature Study going on!

I’m not sure where to start! Let’s see…. I’m on homeschool journey year 12? Yes, I think that’s right.  I'm a homeschool mom and boy do I love my job!

My two oldest have graduated. They got the NEW homeschool Mom (new to homeschooling) who thought homeschool had to look like public school at home and worried too much about proving the ‘naysayers’ wrong… poor them. But I did the best I could under the circumstances I had and no one can say I did a bad job.

This one, the youngest, has the wiser more experienced Mom who doesn’t much care what the homeschooling looks like to others (I could stand to make improvement on this in other aspects of my life) and really does not want it to look like ANYTHING the public school does 😉

So what do we do? Well, the only term I can come up with that might apply would be ‘relaxed Charlotte Mason’ homeschooling. I love most of Charlotte’s ideas. I love the use of living books, building habits, narration, and I love , love , LOVE nature study!

But I’m also realizing a strict schedule and making a child do something or learn something they don’t feel like doing that day, or isn’t ready for developmentally or has a total lack of interest in, really isn’t education.  It isn’t going to work. Neither is driving myself crazy trying to ‘do it all’. That doesn’t make a good mom. Well, it doesn’t make me a bad mom. But it’s not the best I can be or remembering that my child is a person the way Charlotte intended us to keep in mind either.

This doesn’t mean I don’t use a schedule. I do. I just don’t flip anymore (too much) if it doesn’t go as planned. For example, we haven’t sat down to our ‘scheduled academic time’ for two weeks. Does it bother me? A little…   But does that mean that school hasn’t happened? No. Not at all. School happens every day- whether it’s the ‘scheduled’ stuff or not.

That’s my thoughts today. I’ll be writing more about our love of the Charlotte Mason method. In the meantime, here’s a little ‘picture study’ of the places we’ve been, the things we’ve done and the great time we’ve had.

Our trip to the New England states began with a few days in Greenville Maine and Acadia looking for moose and completing his first Junior Ranger badge for a state park. Sadly, I can not find the photos on my computer... but here's a shot of Plymouth which we also thoroughly enjoyed.....though we enjoyed the nature in Maine a little more. The people at the plantation really played their parts. Here my son asks, "What did you eat for snacks?" "Snacks? What is snacks?" was the response!



Marshal Point Lighthouse
Our trip along the coast included watching boats in the water, Acadia National Park, the little one's first lobster meal and lighthouses.




We've caught on to the hide a rock (kindness) project. It was fun hiding rocks in all the states we visited on our way home from Maine!
We went tagging Monarch Butterflies at Sinnemahoning State Park in PA!
YAY! We finally got to hear the bugle of a bull elk during the rut season.