Spring Nature Study

Spring Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home

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

Although autumn is my absolute favourite season, spring has proved to be one of my favourite seasons for nature study.

This term we’ve done lots of walking and climbing and stepping out of our comfort zones to get up close with nature. We took a closer look at snails and caterpillars, watched nesting birds, identified wild flowers along the cliffs of Guernsey, learnt about plant life cycles and the differences between frogs and toads.

And without even realising it we’ve now added in a weekly mother-daughter nature journaling session to our homeschool week. Its something we both enjoy doing together and I love that Blossom gets to see me learning right alongside her.

Here are some of the snap shots:

Spring Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
April showers and petal gathering at our regular nature spot.
Spring Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
The big spring tidy up.
Spring Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Wild flower cliff walk with our Nature Explorers group.
Spring Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Identifying and drawing our finds.
Spring Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Our spring/summer nature walks tend to lead us to the sea.
Spring Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Bird watching, duckling spotting and tree climbing at our favourite park.
Spring Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Grey days are still great days for exploring!
Spring Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Mother-daughter nature journaling.
Spring Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Rock pooling starts in the Spring in our family.

What do you enjoy most about nature in the Spring?

{Dear Daddy}

Dear Daddy 2018 | The Open Home

Dear Daddy Man, what’s your bestest thing to do with me? My favourite thing to do with you is rock climbing and rock-pooling. Or maybe it’s swimming or playing trains? Daughter dates with you are also pretty special so I think perhaps that may be my bestest thing, but then I also love the impromptu dance sessions in the kitchen and playing hide and seek will never get old. There are just too many fun things to choose from! Quality time with you is just my bestest thing to do because you really are the most wonderful Daddy in the whole wide blooming world. True story. Lots of love and sweet smooches from Blossom xx

Dearest Daddy, you make me feel so big and brave! So brave in fact that I can whizz down ginormous slides, face giant octopuses and laugh in the face of fierce alligators. When I grow up I really will walk round the whole island with you because I’m going to be tough and strong and determined just like you. Here’s hoping you can put up with my cheeky antics and constant jibber jabber for 12+ hours, but then you put up with Uncle Chi Chi for that amount of time, so why not me!? Lots of love and fairy kisses from your travel buddy, Bubbles xx

Dear Husby, how blessed we both are to be raising these girls together and how blessed we girls are to have you in our lives. You love us and nurture us, protect and provide for us and we love you for it. Thank you for taking care of the big things and being there for the little things. All of my heart, Wifey xx

Happy Father’s Day!

{Daughter Diaries} #48

Daughter Diaries 48 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, quality time with you is just the sweetest thing because you really do know how to enjoy the simple things in life. Trips to the library, strolls through town, sipping milkshakes and sitting on random green stools – all are enough to fill up your love tank when done together, it sure fills up mine too. Dear Bubbles, your big smooches actually bruise my cheeks you love me that much! Beneath your loud, raucous toddler exterior there is a tender heart and affectionate soul. Thank you for stopping randomly in the day to tell me you love me and calling me back into your room at night just to make sure I know. Dearest Daughters, thank you for loving me so fiercely and sp faithfully, your love for your mama gives me wings.

What little things make you feel loved?

{May Gratitudes}

Gratitudes May 2018 | The Open Home
For simple pleasures and the benefits of goat therapy.
Gratitudes May 2018 | The Open Home
For sweet celebrations and trying new things.
Gratitudes May 2018 | The Open Home
For standing guard and a world of pure imagination.
Gratitudes May 2018 | The Open Home
For labours of love and the fruits of Spring.
Gratitudes May 2018 | The Open Home
For my handsome man and my happy home.
Gratitudes May 2018 | The Open Home
For beauty in the small things and friends that entertain.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

{April Gratitudes}

Gratitudes April 2018 | The Open Home
For the world of snail mail and geek girl weekends away.
Gratitudes April 2018 | The Open Home
For favourites spots and friends to forage with.
Gratitudes April 2018 | The Open Home
For the flexibility and freedom to wander and roam.
Gratitudes April 2018 | The Open Home
For bunny socks and dolly tops, the simple things that bring joy.
Gratitudes April 2018 | The Open Home
For life by the sea.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #47

Daughter Diaries 47 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, you recently asked me what my best thing to do is and this right here is it. Living, loving and learning with you girls. Sweet and spontaneous days like this always make up for the tough and the trying days in between. Dear Bubbles, today we laughed and today we cried as your toddler tantrums continue to stretch us both to our limits. But amongst the lows there are also the highs and today I choose to remember the story time snuggles, the early morning giggles and your eager green fingers. Dearest Daughters, may you hold on to the good and let go of the bad, because life is sweetest when it is savoured.

What are some of your favourite childhood memories?

 

{March Gratitudes}

Gratitudes March 2018 | The Open Home
For family firsts a snow that sticks.
Gratitudes March 2018 | The Open Home
For new connections and hobbies that give life.
Gratitudes March 2018 | The Open Home
For dates with this one and effortless style.
Gratitudes March 2018 | The Open Home
For surprise incoming and creativity that is contagious.
March Gratitudes 2018 | The Open Home
For love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?