Friday, March 9, 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up: Outdoor School

I know I have probably said this before, but I am really trying to become more diligent about outdoor time.  While learning more about Charlotte Mason's philosophy and the importance she placed on outdoor time, I am finding that the more I take the boys outside for extended periods of time, the more calm they are and the more observant they are. Here are a few quotes from Charlotte Mason:
"Let them once get in touch with nature and a habit it is formed which will be a source of delight and habit through life."
"They must be let alone, left to themselves a great deal, to take in what they can of the beauty of earth and heavens."
"...the chief-function of the child--his business in the world during the first six or seven years of life--is to find out all he can, about whatever comes under his notice, by means of his five senses; that he has an insatiable appetite for knowledge got in this way; and that, therefore, the endeavour of his parents should be to put him in the way of making acquaintance freely with Nature and natural objects."

All this to say, I was doing my job as a parent and offering the boys unstructured outdoor play and free access to nature!  We said away with school and spent most of our week outside enjoying the drastic change in weather!

Emory is 2.5 years old
Elliott is 5 years old

Over the weekend we took the boys to see The Lorax to finish off our Dr. Seuss Theme and Emory finally got his hair cut!  He looks like a completely different little boy now!  These pictures were taken two weeks apart.  He cried and screamed the entire time, but loved showing off his "spiky hair" to everyone who commented on his hair cut!
That was a biscuit to quell his carsickness
mad over his haircut and mad at the sun

Outdoor School
Monday was a Snow Day!

The next couple of days were sunny, and the temperatures were nearly double Monday's snowy day temps, so we were back outside.  There's just something about a little boy and playing with sticks!

And just so you know, our lab has loved outdoor school too.

Mom's Outdoor School
I mentioned in C is for the Country that I saw my first live animal birth!  New animals always make great observation opportunities for the boys!

Math:  Weighing Dinosaur Eggs
Elliott loved playing with the eggs in our Dinosaur Land, so after seeing this post at Chestnut Grove Academy where they weighed "dinosaur eggs" I figured Elliott would enjoy it.  I was right.  I added a few random items to eggs and let him explore and compare them one at a time and seeing which combinations weighed more.  We also got in some math vocabulary, and he really enjoyed cracking the eggs to see what random items he would find.

Elliott got these fun 3D puzzles in a special surprise package, and they were part of the reason he wanted to do a Dinosaur Theme.  He was able to do these with minimal assistance, and he did the entire set in one sitting.

While Elliott was doing his dinosaur puzzles, Emory decided to play with this magnetic dinosaur book.  

Then he decided dinosaur toys were better.

Elliott drawing a green ranger...

Emory getting started on his blue ranger...

Fun Food
I made this giant Dinosaur Tracks Cookie, and it was a huge hit!

Read Aloud Books
Even though we didn't do much "school" this week, we did still do regular readings, and you can take A Peek at our Bookshelf to check out just a few of these...some went with our dinosaur theme, and some did not.

Overall, it was a great week!  We thoroughly enjoyed all of our outdoor time and we are looking forward to spring!

 Tot School


  1. Weighing dinosaur eggs...Brilliant idea!
    Your weather sounds like ours - snow one day, 60 degrees the next! Fun times!

  2. LOL I was going to comment the same as Sarah! A few days ago we got 8 inches of snow...and then it was 64 degrees!

  3. Great stuff! I love the Velveteen Rabbit!

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm new to yours :) Your weather sounds like ours - snow then hot then tornadoes - whee! Looking like we'll get some spring weather this week, and hoping to get all the kids out in it a LOT because you are right about it making them calmer.

  5. You guys had a nice week. There is something about March and the nice weather that just makes you want to leave everything behind and go outdoors.

    Those dinosaur track cookies are so cute!

  6. As always, you, your blog, and your activities with your boys are amazing. Looks like a great week! We too enjoyed getting outside more this past week! Because I think you are so amazing I awarded you the Liebster blog award on my blog: