A few minutes drive, and you can but enjoying some glorious walking/hiking trails, the ocean, the rivers, waterfalls and many more exiting spots.
We are even lucky enough to have lots of walking/hiking trails that provides information boards that can be use for teachable moments.
If your kids are curious like mine, the questions will keep coming. Curiosity makes homeschooling so much more fun, and exiting.
I love Educating is life outlook on nature walks. Here is a few wise words:
"I don't need to know everything, or even very much. Nature study can be a joint exploration with my children as we search after truth and beauty in the outdoors."
"My job is not to tell them all the facts. Rather, it is to gently lead them to observe things carefully for themselves."
Learning together is such a great experience, and being an observant little student is a skill that we need to encourage.
Exploring, manipulating, smelling, observing getting all senses involved in the process it far better then just learning from a book. Book learning is great, but when you can have the opportunity of doing some real hands-on learning, better take advantage of it.
Last week we went on nature walk every single day for about 2 hours each trip. Some days were easier then others, the little girls had their moments.
Here are a few tips that can make your nature walks a bit easier
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Bring snacks (walking can create a big appetite)
- Bottles of water
- If available, bring a map of the park or trails you are visiting. Some kids get insecure when exploring new places and being able to show them where we have been and where we are going. It also can prevent many "Mama we are LOOOOOOSSSSSTTTTTTT"
- A bag to collect stuff, rocks, pine-cones etc... whatever you child wants to bring along
- A few bandages and cleaning wipes (for those scrapes and small cuts that can happen if you are on the clumsy side!)
- For those little people that can get discourage about the length of the walk, giving them something to look forward too like "we will walk until the next bit maple tree and take a rest and sit down for a snack" Treasure hunt is also a great way to keep them happy and busy. Playing a few round of "I spy" is always interesting.
- Camera to take pictures (for things you can collect but still want to use as a learning tool)
- And bringing a warm cup of coffee in a travel mug for yourself never hurt!
How about you, what are your tips to make nature walks easier on you and your children?