My friend Maria introduced me to Blossom and Root via her new journey into homeschooling. I am obviously not a homeschooler - as Ada is 2 and is indeed enrolled in 5 day a week day care (I hesitate to call it “full time” because I still pick her up relatively early). But I digress.
Even though my mind is still on the traditional education realm, I have always been highly intrigued by “nature based” learning, and definitely think there is something to be said about the children who are raised with that mentality. When Blossom and Root had their fall sale last month, I jumped on board and purchased The Early Years bundle. I then had them printed and bound at Staples because I know myself and if I have a hard copy in front of me, I am far more likely to follow along.
What I love about it, thus far (you know, a whole 5 days or whatever in), is how simple it really is. I love the reminders to ask questions, to think out loud, and to truly nurture and embrace a broad spectrum of curiosity. I also love that while it does cover several “subjects” (ie Nature Study, Composer Study, Math& Science, Picture Study, The Arts, Connectivity, Kitchen, Reading, and Environment opportunities), it doesn’t actually take that much time, if you will, to integrate into our everyday lives. I can actually see already how natural the flow is to be adding in segments both before and after day care. And of course, it feels less like “curriculum”, and definitely more of a way of life. A slight adjustment to the way we see and live in our world.
If you haven’t checked out the Blossom and Root website, please do! It’s a wealth of knowledge and such an incredible inspiration.
Below are a few activities we’ve done this week!
Nature Walk for the 5 Senses
This was the first “activity” we really did. Mainly because it was something we already do on a fairly regular basis. This time, however, instead of just going for a walk, I consciously allowed her to slow down, encouraged her to observe, and she became obsessed with crumbling up large pieces of bark.
The other really fun thing about this activity, is that it was a great reminder of how immersed we are in nature, even though we live in the city. I frequently have it in my head that we need to head to the woods to truly experience “nature”. While I still love our hikes and plan to incorporate a lot more of them, walking right outside our house door can be just as exciting.
Feed the Monster
This began as a way to count together. All was well for a about 5 minutes until she began feeding the monster by the handful. Nevertheless, she loved it and continues to play this game on her own.