October 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm 1 comment

Yesterday Monkey & I met up with some other home-educating families at a nature reserve.  I’ve seen signs for it before but hadn’t got round to visiting so this was a good excuse.  There were maybe 5 other mums there & probably 15 children from babies up to early teens I guess.  We went in one of the hides and had a bit of a walk round the reserve but the highlight for me was pond-dipping.  I would highly reccomend it.  Tray, water, net and pond.  We found beetles, a worm of some sort and a fish!  We also retrieved a dead land-snail and a leaf at Monkey’s insistence.  We had a nosy at some of the other trays as well and one of them had a damselfly larva!  Ok, I’m easily impressed.

I’ve seen many of these things before – in books and on tv.  I used to keep similar fish in a tank.  Somehow it was a bit different though, finding them ourselves.  I hope we can continue finding similar experiences for him to participate in – maybe next time I might let him hold the net.


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  • 1. scientiaincognita  |  October 20, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic way to learn about nature for both mummy and monkey. Real hands-on education that unfortunately is often insupportable. Also, it is good that there is a community of other people that chose not to send their children to mainstream schools as the lack of a peer group is a common criticism of homeschooling.


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