{Daughter Diaries} #56

Daughter Diaries 56 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, earlier this week you spontaneously announced “I love nature!” and it made my homeschooling heart sing! Learning through nature is something I’ve prioritised in our homeschool and I’m delighted you share my enthusiasm for the changing seasons, these weekly nature walks in our favourite spot are definitely not wasted on you or me. Dear Bubbles, despite a tough week for you and a tiring one for me we managed to venture out on the weekend and I’m so pleased we did. Not only did the chilly air shake off the week’s cabin fever but we were rewarded with the sight of our favourite pink tree in blossom. So thankful that we didn’t miss this natural wonder and that you’re now fighting fit again, and with no hospital intervention this time too! Dearest Daughters, may you always find beauty in the small things for this is the key to a full and happy heart.

Happy first day of Spring! What do you love about nature?

{Winter Nature Study}

Winter Nature Study 2019 | The Open Home

“Why be indoors when you can rightly be without.” – Charlotte Mason

Winter can be a challenging season for exploring nature and if I’m honest my enthusiasm for it was lagging a little at the start of this year.

We persevered though and kept going outdoors and in the process discovered that beach combing and rock pooling really is the perfect nature activity for the cold winter months. Honestly, when the trees are bare, the birds are still south and the fields have few flowers, the sea shore makes for a wonderful playground.

We’re feeling ready for our spring nature study now though and have been excitedly searching for hints of spring since the start of the year!

Here are some of the snapshots:

Winter Nature Study 2019 | The Open Home
Pebble games on Fermain with our fellow Nature Explorers.
Winter Nature Study 2019 | The Open Home
Lots of sea anemones spotted at low tide on Chouet.
Winter Nature Study 2019 | The Open Home
First starfish discovered, also at Chouet.
Winter Nature Study 2019 | The Open Home
Rock climbing at Petit Bot.
Winter Nature Study 2019 | The Open Home
Hide & seek in the local park.
Winter Nature Study 2019 | The Open Home
We spotted our first daffodils back in mid January.
Winter Nature Study 2019 | The Open Home
A sensory scavenger hunt in our favourite park.
Winter Nature Study 2019 | The Open Home
Glorious winter sunshine.
Winter Nature Study 2019 | The Open Home
First signs of Spring.
Winter Nature Study 2019 | The Open Home
A new year and a new calendar of firsts.

What do you enjoy most about nature this Winter?

{February Gratitudes}

Gratitudes February 2019 | The Open Home
For blue skies and happy hearts.
Gratitudes February 2019 | The Open Home
For country life and new additions.
Gratitudes February 2019 | The Open Home
For babbity bumble and the return of the bees.
Gratitudes February 2019 | The Open Home
For a school without walls and the joy of an education.
Gratitudes February 2019 | The Open Home
For blossom confetti and whiling away the hours.

 

These are the inserts from our gratitude journal during February, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed.

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #55

Daughter Diaries #55 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, what a privilege it is to be your teacher. Well truth be told, I don’t really consider myself your teacher more of a facilitator of education and I have to admit that helping you learn to read was something that this facilitator of education once felt quite daunted by. In practice though it has been a positive and empowering journey, both for you and me, made all the easier by your cheery disposition and eagerness to devour books. Dear Bubbles, I really enjoyed our special morning together last week. Writing out our “lovely day list” was a sweet moment for this list making mama and I’m delighted we got to tick off every single point. Kiss – check! Cuddle – check! Smooch – check! Read books – check! Do puzzles – check! Go to the airport – check! Thanks for sharing a chocolate muffin with me as we watched the planes fly in.  Dearest Daughters, simple pleasures and sweet moments really do make for the best of memories.

What would you put on your lovely day list?

{Ten on Ten} February 2019

Ten on Ten February 2019 | The Open Home
Starting the day right.
Ten on Ten February 2019 | The Open Home
Look who’s reading!!
Ten on Ten February 2019 | The Open Home
Today’s outgoing.
Ten on Ten February 2019 | The Open Home
Our first snowdrop.
Ten on Ten February 2019 | The Open Home
Postbox discovery.
Ten on Ten February 2019 | The Open Home
Winter sunshine.
Ten on Ten February 2019 | The Open Home
Spring is in the air.
Ten on Ten February 2019 | The Open Home
Today’s incoming.
Ten on Ten February 2019 | The Open Home
Some finishing touches.

I did my Ten on Ten a day late on the 11th, but it was a positively glorious day thanks to sunshine and poems, journaling and friends. It’s days like these that remind me why I love home educating and days like these that make me thankful for this island home. Needless to say it was pretty easy to spot the beauty in the ordinary.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

{January Gratitudes}

Gratitudes January 2019 | The Open Home
For quality time and new places to explore.
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For island adventures and life by the sea.
Gratitudes January 2019 | The Open Home
For raising girls and the sweetest of hearts.
Gratitudes January 2019 | The Open Home
For spreading the love and new places to explore.
Gratitudes January 2019 | The Open Home
For caves and caverns, cliffs and cuddles.
Gratitudes January 2019 | The Open Home
For the first signs of spring and outtakes worth remembering.

These are the inserts from our gratitude journal during January, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed.

What have you been thankful for lately?