Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Green Hour Assignment III

Spring has Sprung! And Barb from over at the Heart of Harmony, has another Green Hour Assignment for us! This time it is journalling the walk we took. Not something the kids had much trouble with... in fact I did not even need to prompt Rebel, who grabbed up the pencils and set too with a will! (click on pictures for a larger one to see ;))

Two days in a row of wonderful weather… yesterday we sat outside for a few hours. Well I sat. The kids played ;) They worked together on an Easter garden for this year.

The kids build an Easter garden

And the finished monument, without the decoration (that will come a little later!).

The Easter Tomb completed, but undecorated.

They examined the daffodils in our flower beds (not yet in bloom)…

Daffodils in the garden

And the lobelia (a cultivated speedwell, a lot darker than it’s wild cousin that grows abundantly in our yard!)…

Lobelia, a Veronica spp.

And generally just played!

Taking advantage of the fact that our weather is nice and warm today, we headed outside at the first opportunity, and repeated the walk we had done last week in the rain!

Getting the kids to be silent was hard… well impossible in fact, but they did learn that when you are quiet you hear things that you would not otherwise ;)

Daffodils on the walk

Spring has sprung in our neck of the woods, the happily chirping birds and the blooming flowers paid testament to that fact!

Blooming Forsythia

Once home, Rebel worked very hard on a wonderful page inspired by the daffodils we saw (and also partly inspired by the Wordsworth poem I recited for them ;)) ...

Rebel's "Golden Daffodils" (note one is REAL gold ;)) Notice also the hats rolling at the tops of the picture :)

...while M’Lady drew a plan of our trip!

A plan or map of the walk, including the "cutter cutting limbs on a tree", the kids running back to the house and a "colourful" M'Lady!

The trip ended in hilarity as the wind blew M’Lady’s hat off, then as we chased it rolling down the road, it blew mine off and Rebel caught it!

An, as yet, unidentified flowering tree.

Back at the house, I suggested we pick some Henbit, which we are now pressing between the pages of a rather large dictionary :) In a few weeks, we might use those for another nature themed treat ;)


Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

I really enjoyed your blog entry again this week. What I love is that you are participating with the children, trying all aspects of the challenge, and then letting them put their personal touch to the experience. The journals are so perfectly, perfect. I love the daffodils and the well is a great nature journal entry...I need to add that to the list for those little map makers.

Would you mind if I use your entry as an example of a great journal variety for children?

Thanks for linking.
Barb-Harmony Art Mom

Cobbles said...

Very inspiring, Rachel. I really love your blogs!

Spinneretta said...

I'd be delighted Barb! Thanks :)

Antonia... I deleted your repeated comments ;)

Jill said...

Oh I really like the addition of the cross in your garden. We need to do that in ours. I cleaned up the stones the other day, but there is nothing blooming by it so it doesn't look like much of a garden!

Tina said...

What a great couple of days! I love the tomb and the cross.

They kids journaling pages are wonderful.


stef said...

Wow, you've got daffs already!!! Ours keep getting confused what with the warm-freeze-warm-freeze cycle the past few weeks.

Andrea said...

What a great nature study. You make it seem so natural. You're an inspiration.

School for Us said...

I love your post! And, I've never seen an Easter Garden - it's a great idea, and I can't wait to see what it is like "decorated." I love your kid's nature journal entries, too.

Makita said...

Daffodils! Everyone seems to have spring flowers except for us! Melt snow... melt! :)