Early on in my family’s Charlotte Mason education, nature study time just meant going outside to see what we could see. There was no plan. I’m not knocking that way of doing nature study. In fact, it was an improvement over the “we’ll just skip it today” mantra that I had very early on.
A most memorable day of “seeing what we could see”, came when we walked outside and found a wee mushroom.
|Can you see the mushroom down front and center?|
we struggled through some identifications,
we read a short book,
and we made some spore prints.
|The kids’ surprised faces are priceless!|
|Some spore prints are light colored and some are dark, hence our use of black and white paper.|
This was so fun that we decided we would try to find more mushrooms somewhere else. My sister has a large piece of property with a fun creek, where we spent several days a week playing. That seemed like the best place to start our mushroom search. Would we find any? We had been over there recently and hadn’t seen any.
As we walked around we noticed hundreds – no thousands – of mushrooms! They were everywhere!!
What happened? Had they all popped up overnight? No, our eyes were just opened.
We didn’t know it at the time, but we had done a special study. We had spent a little time finding out about one particular thing, fungi, and our eyes were opened. What a joy!
We took it a little further after that, looking closer and making more detailed observations. (Because who could help themselves!?)
We made some spore prints on a glass microscope slide and took a closer look,
and there were many drawings made.
All because our eyes were opened one day when we went out to see what we could see. 😀