Dreams, Cloud Shapes, Cats, and Caterpillars. Reflections, Paul’s Pre-K, Weeks 5 & 6

Looking back on the last two weeks, I don’t feel like much formal schooling was done, yet I remind myself that at one point I had considered unschooling and really we’re doing lots of other things outside of the book … Continue reading

Nature Walks – January 2015

“So come, get ready. Don’t delay! We’re on a nature trail today.”

~Maurice Pledger, from In The Forest

January has been bitter cold, filled with sick kids, as well as other goings on that have kept us inside, so my choice of pictures was limited for this month. I tried to take the kids out if the temperatures were around 30 degrees, plus we went out looking for Snowy Owls one day, which gave me some extra pictures for the month. Enjoy!

038

Our property is shaped like an L and touches two roads. On the point farthest from the house, it’s possible to see the dairy cows at the farm across the road. Paul now knows this, and every time we are outside, he books it down through the woods and up the hill. One day while wrestling him away from the road, I quickly snapped this image of a break in the clouds, then booked it home carrying the boy with no shoes on because he kicks them off when we have to return to the house.

063

The morning that we went to the Humane Society was frigid cold, and all the snow on the trees glistened like a computer generated photo. I pulled off to the side of the road and took a few shots because it was so beautiful. By the time we headed home a few hours later, the sun had warmed the snow enough to melt it off.

081

The day we went birding for Snowy Owls, we also stopped at the lake to check out the geese and ducks that we saw floating on the water. The edge of the late was frozen in an interesting pattern, so I snapped this picture. The sun through the clouds gives it a special glow. If you look closely, you can see lines of geese flying in the sky.

Nature Walks – October

“So come, get ready. Don’t delay! We’re on a nature trail today.”

~Maurice Pledger, from In The Forest

October was beautiful here in Upstate New York.  I spent a lot of time raking leaves, and the kids came out and jumped in the piles.  Here are some pictures of autumn in our yard.

703

One day, Elizabeth decided that she wanted to have a picnic.  Her brother was asleep, so we took some blankets and snacks outside.  It was breezy and the clouds were moving fast overhead.  I enjoyed just laying back and watching them, something I don’t have the time to do very often.

748

A very small sampling of trees in our woods.  Just this amount of trees lets loose A LOT of leaves though!

033

One day while raking, I found this huge worm right up on top of the grass.  Both kids held it for a while, then Elizabeth “saved” it by carrying it to the center circle that our driveway runs around.

064

Also while raking, I also found these two caterpillars.  Our woods house lots of different kinds of caterpillars, and support a healthy bird population – which we absolutely love!