Welcome to my Spring Series called “Bringing Spring into your Homeschool”. Today’s post is by Kristina Peterson about how getting outside helped her homeschool run smoothly. Check out her bio below and enjoy reading! Also make sure to check out other posts in this series and guest author bios by clicking on “Bringing Spring into your Homeschool” under Blog in the menu.
5 Meaningful Ways to Plan Your Spring
Written by Kristina Peterson | May 18, 2018
Kristina is a blogger, homeschool veteran, and proclaimed bibliophile. She has towed her sons to book stores where they wandered through the aisles collecting books to read with smiles on their faces. On her blog, Book Bound Boys, her hope is to help you create a love for literature in your home. In this guest post find out how spring brings life to your days with stories and fun activities.
With just a short time left until summer you want to make the last stretch of the spring season count. Since we are short on time I have made a list of that has 5 ways to plan your spring using books and activities that will make this season memorable. It will bring a smile on your face every time you can look back on the memories that you created with your children. A meaningful spring will yield a great education.
Play at the Beach
I am a California girl and while you might be thinking that it’s still to cold to play at the beach or maybe your thinking “I don’t live by a beach”, some of my best memories are spending time with my mom on the sandy shores of the west coast. She would be sitting on her beach chair with her thick romance novel in hand. You can do this too because there are beaches everywhere! Some beaches lay next to a lake or a channel. But rest assured, there is a sandy world near by.
The Whale Boy by Nicola Davies
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
Visit an Arboretum or Botanical Garden
When I was a little girl my dad loved to drive up to San Francisco. We visited the Conservatory of Flowers and walked the grounds. It was long, long time ago but I can still smell the fragrance of flowers. You can take the entire family and get inspired to fill your garden with flowers that would work in the place where you live.
Arboretums and Botanical Gardens
Shop for Garden Flowers
We move a lot so having a garden hasn’t always been possible. At least not in a traditional sense. I have managed to maintain small container garden that I can move or won’t feel terrible if I have to say “goodbye” to my plants. These last two years we have lived in the same home which allowed me to do some gardening. My son started getting involved because I asked him to come with me to pick out seed packets and buy supplies. Since December I have been walking around the house talking about what he might want to plant. Just last week we finally made it to our local garden center. We walked around and took pictures of some of the flowers we thought might work in out shady yard. He ended up choosing two succulents. He had researched them on the internet. He has named them: Tom and Tim. A day that I will cherish.
Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
The Little Gardner by Emily Hughs
A Picnic in a Park
I just had the best memory. When we lived Juneau, Alaska my friends and I gathered all our kids together and went to our new park (it recently burnt down) had a picnic, swung on the swings and just had fun talking and running around with the kids.
All three of my boys were in the Boy Scouts. It was a great opportunity to discover where we live and learning about birds was my personal favorite. Having lived all over the U.S. there are some birds we were able to see like the Bald Eagle in Alaska, the Road Runner in New Mexico and the adorable Turkey Vulture right here in Pennsylvania. When I worked for the homeschool program in Alaska I had the local bird rescue group visit with the bird friend the hawk. The kids loved it! Then in Texas the local Audubon Society volunteers visited our homeschool group and shared with my nature class how to identify types of birds and recognize the birds sounds. What I used to think was an owl I was hearing was really a dove a.k.a. pigeon.
Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
I have to admit, I have never gone geocaching before but I have friends that do and it sounds like fun or at least an excuse to get the kids out of the house. From what I understand it kind of like hide and seek. You can use your phone and get a geocaching app. Select the “geocach” you want to find and then you are given it’s coordinates to help you find it. You search for it, find it and sign a log book to document that you found it. You add this to the geocaching app and put it exactly where you found it. You can leave items in the geocaching box too. What a wonderful way to get out and learn about the place you live. My son has found two on our local hiking trails. I’m not sure that geocachers will find them because I don’t think he put them back exactly where he found them.
The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
The Wild Robot by Dr. Peter Brown
Now that the sun has finally won and you can enjoy spring before the heat of summer arrives you can get out make this spring filled with meaningful plans for a memorable time to look back on. Happy Spring!
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