A Post A Day: Nature Walks

I like to write a first day of school post. Since we’ve been at it since July, I guess I need to do that. A couple of weeks ago, we started back up our full load. The first week was tough, but everyone had a good attitude most of the time.

I decided one day during our second week of school we needed to get outside and explore.

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I drove across town to a local park. It is a place I spent many nights playing softball for a local league, and a place where I remember many church picnics taking place.

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It was the creek I remember from those picnics that beckoned me on this particular day.

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The Creek was not like I remember. Could it really be that much smaller? I suppose with all of the SUN we’ve had this summer (e.g. no rain in more than 6 weeks; longer for some), it truly could be that much smaller.

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We did find some LIVING creatures though among the DEAD. Water striders must be very hearty creatures. Crayfish notsomuch.

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So this day of nature walking didn’t yield a ton of results in the animal searching, but it did accomplish a secondary goal of mine.

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Someone, who isn’t into getting his tennis shoes wet or picking up fish, discovered walking across a trail of cut logs strategically laying in the creek could be really fun … and challenging.

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And yielded an opportunity for biggest brother to cheer on and support little-est brother as he cautiously made his way across, following in biggest brother’s footsteps.

And all 5 of our children quit bickering (did I mention they do that?), used their imaginations to make up a game, played outside despite the 98˚ temperature on the thermometer, and they drank a WHOLE LOT of water!

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How’s that for camouflage for this little guy Li’l Miss found on the very large and very old tree (and was wider across than our 5 standing side-by-side)?

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We try to do nature walks every week, but it doesn’t always happen. I am hopeful a couple of new avenues we’ve discovered will yield more opportunities for nature walking with others. I like to go, but it would be nice to have some companions for the companionship and for safety’s sake.

This year, we have gravitated much more toward a Charlotte Mason approach to the education of our children. She felt being outside and studying nature in its natural form is very important for a child’s development and education. I couldn’t agree more.

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