I organized a nature walk with a group of homeschoolers with preschoolers recently.
I planned a few easy activities for us, like sweet little songs to sing about the trees and their various parts. But I was in store for a lesson on changing plans. The bigger siblings weren’t interested in our songs, even though a few preschoolers found it fun. Eventually, we just gave up and enjoyed the walk.
Daddy, please forgive me for letting him play with someone’s Arkansas Razorbacks hat. He loved it, but he still bleeds purple & gold for LSU.
I brought bags for each of the kids to collect leaves for rubbings and any crafts the moms wanted to tackle at home.
Afterwards, the kids played at the park while the mommies chatted. It was a perfect way to spend a Friday morning.
I had great crafts planned with our leaves, after we did a leaf rubbing or two.
But my preschooler would have none of it. She had her heart set on a “collection.”
No crumbling of leaves or artwork.
Just a collection.
And this time, I listened.
I put her pile of precious things, like rocks, duck feathers, leaves, and twigs, and crammed them into a big mason jar. It adorns our mantel, along with our thankful tree and pumpkins the kids painted at MOPS. Because in the eyes of my 4 year old, these things are special treasures, so I will treasure them too.
Have you ever organized a nature walk? What ideas work for you when you plan school time outside?