Monday, November 1, 2010

Irvine Nature Center

I have been trying to implement the principles of Charlotte Mason a bit more this year.  One of them includes incorporating more nature studies into our year.

What better way to enjoy nature than to head to the Irvine Nature Center for the morning with my kiddos.  And of course, one of the blessings of homeschooling is having an amazing place like Irvine to ourselves for the morning because it is the middle of the week.

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While the visitors center is amazing and my kids would have stayed there all morning, we headed outside to spend time on the nature trails for a bit. 

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There were areas on the trail that you could “hide” from the birds so that you could get a closer view while they visited the bird feeders.  The kids enjoyed spotting their feathery friends!

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We had an absolute blast on our trip.  The evidence was so clear when we got home.  The kids immediately got to work setting up their own Nature Center on the front porch. 

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Moments like these are my favorite part of homeschooling.  Kids should have time to “play” out their learning experiences.  A stimulating day at Irvine led naturally into an afternoon of creative play.

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What a great day!

1 comment:

Beth Lacey said...

Looks like a truly fun day! And you captured some of my own favorite things at Irvine, like the view from the gazebo!