“Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life” Charlotte Mason
Homeschooling my children gives me incredible freedom to make last minute decisions to go on an adventure if we feel so inclined! Today was one of those days. I could tell that my children were itching to get outside in the gorgeous weather, soak up some sunshine, and go fishing for clams! Yes, fishing for clams. 🙂 We love the Arboretum and it is one of our most favorite places to explore and spend a warm, sunny day.
We took our usual adventurous gear: butterfly net, nature notebooks, spy glass, and imagination. As we made our way around the Arboretum we encountered lizards, butterflies, squirrels, turtles, and a variety of birds. For a lesson in science, we identified moss, ferns, different palm trees, redwood trees, and bamboo trees. We discussed the native California plants and shrubs and noticed the difference between several cactuses.
Whenever we are out in nature, my children are sponges that soak up everything they observe around them! They are so incredibly eager to learn in nature and to discover more about creation.
I always save the best for last on our trip to the Arboretum: fishing for clams. We have found a spot that is shaded amongst bamboo trees, where a stream flows down and our adventure begins! They collect sticks for fishing rods, and bark for boats. They set sail to the bark boats, and start their fishing expedition. They catch clams, find rocks, build bridges and dams, and never want to leave. They would spend all day here if I let them! I usually find a nice spot on a wooden bench to watch them engage with nature. This picturesque moment is filled with the sun’s rays finding an opening through the thick bamboo. Listening to the ripple of the stream, and hearing their infectious laughter brings a warm smile to this homeschool mama’s face.