ADE Episode 94: Special Studies (October 6, 2017)
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Learning about Special Studies in the Natural History Lesson really hit home. We have done a terrible job at implementing afternoon occupations this year. This is our 2nd year homeschooling and our first year implementing the FULL Charlotte Mason method (including the riches). We used a different Online Charlotte Mason “book list” last year and we were just getting our feet wet.
Figuring out how to add in all of the afternoon occupations and making sure the boys, and myself, spend enough time out of doors has really been hard. Our Nature Notebooks are really bare right now.
Right now our “seasonal study” has been weeds and we are currently moving over to small mammals. I am not well versed in the local flora and fauna so this has been a huge learning experience for us all. I was one who easily missed the point when it comes to nature study. I am working on my own habits just as much as I am helping my sons develop their habits. The habit of close observation is something that I am sorely lacking in.
Learning about weeds was a bust :(. It is starting to get colder and the small animals are starting to move around more. We are hoping to have a better time learning about them and their habits. All of us have very under-developed habits of observation and it has been a struggle to train ourselves to do better.