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Nature Walk – Page 3

Nature Walk

Hot Cocoa and Happy Moments

Today my hubbie took us all out for a walk in the very brisk winter- like air! It was so great to get out for a few minutes and to feel the cobwebs blow out of my brain! We didn’t stay out long however, since the breeze was SO cold! We headed instead to get some hot cocoa! The place that we got it from has the best hot cocoa that I have ever had! It must be made with whole milk and have a million calories in it, but is worth every drop! It is also worth every happy moment I had with my family! I love it when my hubbie makes us all get out together! It is so easy as it get colder to just stay inside and never get out! It is amazing to take time to be together! These small moments are the ones that mean the most!

Peace and Smiles to you all! I hope that you all have many happy moments too!

Taking Time Tuesday!

Well yesterday was St. Nicholas day and of course he stopped at our house to fill the girls shoes! Bunny was too excited to fall asleep and when she woke up she flew down the stairs to see if he came! He did of course! She and Pup were just so happy! I love the magic of childhood!

Bunny was so excited she was moving so fast! This was the best pictures that I could get! 🙂

Pup was s happy too!

St. Nick got both girls new outfits for their dolls! Pup loved hers and wanted to dress just like her later when it was time to put clothes on! It took a while to find the perfect outfit to almost match! 🙂

Here are the dolls all dressed. Bunny set them up!
As you can see they got right to playing!
The other amazing thing that happened was that we got a tiny bit of snow! When Bunny saw it she said “There is snow and St. Nicholas came and its is JUST LIKE CHRISTMAS”!!!!!! 🙂 This snow was just a dusting and I know that we will get so much more soon, but this deserved to be celebrated, so we went out in it! The girls rolled around in it, ate some of it, and threw some of it! 😉 After a bit I suggested that we go out to the park and the girls thought that sounded good! So we took the time to go to for a walk! I forgot how great it is to be outside in the cold and I realize that we need to get out more even though it is cold. Here are a few pictures of our time outside!

There was no snow out on the hill since we were on the lake and its a bit warmer there!
 There was a ton of mud though!

So we had a fun day and I love being able to do these things with my little girls! It really is a special time together! What do you to have time with your kids?

I’m Back!!! ~ Our Vaction Fun!!!!

Well I have been MIA for a few days because we were on a mini vacation at Put-in-Bay, OH to celebrate my Hubby’s Birthday! I know that is is really end of the season and alot of things were really closed, but we still had fun! I had planned for everything being closed for the season, so it wasn’t much of a surprised. It was really weird, however watching everyone closing things up for the winter! It went from a party town (its a huge summer party spot) to a Hallmark style small town in one day! Again, it was amazingly strange to see!
To get to the Island, we of course we needed to get on a ferry! Bunny and Pup have a Caillou movie with an episode where Caiullo went on a ferry. This of course made the ferry trip a super exciting thing!  I cant tell you how excited!!!!! When we pulled the car onto the ferry, we got out and headed up to the  deck for the ride. Bunny was shaking she was so excited! I don’t think she could have sat still if she wanted to! 🙂 Pup was a little scared, but she loved it too! I think it was one of the highlights of the trip for the girls!

Here is dog headed out to “grandma’s”house! She was so excited to be in the car! 😉

On the road!!!!

Here is the ferry we got on!

On board.

Headed up to the deck.

Here is one of the pictures that I have of Bunny all excited!

The girls got a kick out of seeing our car below us!

Bunny also was super excited to see a real circle window!
 I’m not sure why she thought it was so cool, but she loved!

We are alomost there, get back in the car quick!
The Bed and Breakfast that we stayed in was really great! It was beautiful and really homey. I liked it alot. It was a great place to relax and the girls were able to have their own beds! Bunny was so excited to be sleeping with her sister. “Its just like olden times when the girls shared a room” were her thoughts on it! 😉

Here is our B&B

This is the sitting room

Here is a veiw from the sitting room of the bedrooms

Bunny on her bed

Pup on her bed!

Bunny wanted to make her bed up as soon as we got there!

My plan this week for school, since we were going to be out on the Island, was to talk about rocks. On South Bass Island there is a cave that you can tour and also some great touristy fun mining for gem stones! So I thought that our theme this week would be “R” is for rock. I found a great book that we can “row” our own way, so I brought it along! When we got to the Island on Sunday, we headed out to the caves right away (since they were only opened on weekends). Bunny was so excited!!! We got there about a half an hour until the tour of the cave started, so we bought a bag gem stone mining mix and took it out to the slues box area! Bunny and Pup were so excited about doing this! It was really great fun, and the mix was full of pretty gem stones! When we bought the mix, the workers also gave us a chart with the names and pictures of the different stones they could find! It was like a pre-made Montessori work with all the fun of a tourist activity!

Here is the “treasures” as Bunny called them!

Here is the girls “making” pennies in one of those penny squishing things!
Its their new collection!

The cave was small but great! It laid a really great foundation for when we read our book and talked about bedrock under the ground! Bunny really thought it was cool, and Pup scared me to death because she didn’t want to hold my hand and almost fell a million times! There are alot of really cool shaped rock in the cave and it was fun trying to see them!

The next day we realized that we needed to be a little creative in our activities, so with a few good tips from some locals, we were able to find a really great beach spot and nature walk area! It turned out to be super beautiful outside, so we went to the local grocery store, picked up some lunch stuff, and headed out for a picnic!!!!! We started by heading down the grassy path of the protected nature area, and as we went we found that there were paths down to different parts of the beach. These beaches aren’t the kind you sit on a build sandcastles, but they are perfect for rock hunting and exploring! We found lots of rocks and were able to use them to talk about the different kinds rocks that were shown in the book we were reading (sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous). We also collected some just because they were cool! After the beach we continued on and found a rocky strip of land that connected to another small island! We were all able to walk across to it!!!! The water was only a few inches at it deepest point to cross. My husband and I both thought it was cool that were able to get on an Island that almost no one goes on! 🙂

This is our Pumpkin Pie rock!

Here is huge rock that we thought was the perfect table and chairs for our picnic! 🙂

There were a TON of Monarch on the Island! It must have been the ones that are migrating to Mexico from Canada. I think at one point I spotted 6 of them in one area!

We found one that looked ingured and so I helped the girls pick it up and look at it. It was a male butterfly (as Bunny informed me). I love it when we have a chance to get up close and personal with nature!

Here is a piece of drift wood that my Hubbie thought looked like a ostrige! It was too funny!

There were all sorts of Butterflies in the area! It was cool to see different ones!

Here is the grassy path we walked on

Here is Bunny pointing to another Island. This part of the beach was cool because it was all solid rock! What a cool way to talk about bedrock and to feel it!

Here we are headed onto the little Island we found! See how tiny it is?

We made it!

Here is a picture that Bunny took for me! She is pretty good!

Another Butterfly!

The girls were also able to get in a little bit of awesome pumpkin crafting! The lady that ran the bed and breakfast that we stayed at, found some craft supplies and let the girls paint the pumpkins she had! They had so much fun using the glitter glue and stickers to decorate them! Thanks so very much to the wonderful lady who made that fun for them!

Like I said we were able to have a bunch of fun and we all got to relax! It was really fun and I am so glad we got to go! I am also glad to be back to blogging! There was no internet on the Island that I could find! I hope that you pop back tomorrow for some more rock week fun! Happy Schooling!

Montessori Monday~ "L" is for Leaf!

Our theme this week is “l” is for leaf! I thought that it was not only seasonally appropriate, but it also extended out theme from last week! So that means we don’t really have any new trays! However, that doesn’t mean we didn’t do anything new! 😉 Today was still warm so I herded the kids outside all day! We started off with our circle time and I told the girls a story about Lottie the Leaf fairy. Lottie’s Job was to talk to all the leaves and help them change from spring to summer to fall! She very busy at this time of year and was working one day when she spotted two little girls. Normally she hides when she see people, but today she was so busy that she didnt. The two girls of course saw her right away and asked her what she was doing. Well Lottie told the girls all about chlorphyll and how it is what makes food for trees and also what gives them their green color! She told them that the chorophyll also needs the sun, water, and nutrients to make food for the tree! She also told them that right now she was really busy telling the leaves that it is time to stop making food for the tree. When they do that, said Lottie, the leaves turn colors! When I was telling this story I used paper leaves to show how the colors change! This idea came from Homschool Escapade. If I am honest I didnt know why the leaves changed colors this morning! I’m really glad that I found this post! I think that the girls really got it! I made a few new boxes for our outside learning environment and after circle time, I set the girls loose! Here is what we did today!

Here are our books this week!

Leaf Rubbings
Acorn work
I put this work in baskets to go outside! Tadpole played it for a bit, but her mostly just carried the pieces around! He is defiantly in the “small things” sensitive period.
Leaf Drawing
I saw this idea on pintrest. You cut the leaf in half then glue on half on a paper. Then you draw the missing half. It looked like a great way to work on observation and art! 🙂

Here they trying out the leaf art….

It turned into a leaf collage! 🙂

Too Cool!

This is acorn caps with addition and subtraction problems for Bunny!

She rocked them! It took a few minutes to see the difference between the signs,
but she got it and did all of them!

We also sounded out words and she wrote them on the sidewalk!

I also got the pumpkins I bought and gave the girls the scrub brushes…..
I have two of the cleanest pumpkins ever!!!!!

Tadpole thought it was awesome!

Bunny also raked leaves for the other kids and they danced and tossed leaves!
Happy Fall Time!!!!!

After all this work we headed out for a walk to hunt for leaves! It was so much fun to see the changes a lack of chlorophyll has on the fall leaves! The girls collect a handful of beautiful leaves and I had a project for them to do with all the leaves! We got home and I pulled out the contact paper and let them make sun catchers with their treasures! Even Tadpole was able to make this project! 🙂
Here is Pup decorating her sun catcher

We even added glitter!

The girls were very proud of their work!

Aren’t they pretty?
Well that was our day! If you want to see more amazing Montessori work head over to the Montessori Monday link up at Living Montessori Now! Tomorrow is Taking Time Tuesday here, so stop back to see what we are up to! Happy Schooling!

A hunting we will go…..

Today we decised to head out on an adventure since the weather was really nice! I mean it was in the 70s !!! Yeah! So we headed out to the local National Wildlife Refuge to hunt for acrons! I had seen these arorable painted acorns, and I thought it would be a wonderful project to do with the girls! And offer went! It was fun! The girls helped me look really hard, and we found a pile of them! So we tucked them in their nature bags and headed out of the forest {before the mosiquitos carried us off}! It was really relaxing and peaceful. I love these moments! 🙂

Bunny thought that this stick was really cool! The bark had fallen off places and it was smooth!

We found acorns!!!!!

Here is Bunny hiding from the mosquitos! They were so thick!

Arent the colors pretty!

Here is Bunny pointing to leaf the was dancing in the wind!
 She said it was like having a nature puppet show to watch!

Here is the star of the “show”

Here is our treasure!

We also walked in a grassland type habitat. Pup saw these tiny daisys that facinated her!
She thought they were so pretty! I love it when kids discover nature themselves!

These are Bunny’s Binoculars

They also turn into a telescope! 😉
When we got home Bunny and I washed and dried and baked our treasures! 😉 I wanted make sure that nothing was going to craw out of them! I really dont like bugs in the house! It was a great scrubbing exercise!

Ready to bake!
Then it was time to paint! The girls were so excited to do this part! We popped the top off the acorn, painted the nut part, then let them dry! Then all we needed to do was hot glue the top back on!

Aren’t they cute! 🙂 I love them, and we created them together!
What kind of Fall fun are you having with your kiddos this year?

Montessori Monday~ "M" is for Maps, Money, and Monarchs!

Well today really just didn’t go as planned! 🙂 Oh well! It turns out that having such a busy day at the fair, the girls were rather tired and not interested in quite work! Neither were Bug and Tadpole! So Instead of forcing work time, I gathered up the kids and some lunch and we headed out to the park! Now being that this is Tuesday and since we didn’t have much work time, I was starting to feel that familiar pressure to get them doing what I thought they should. I mean, I made all new plans and new trays. But then I thought that we will have time for that later! For now we needed to get out, and I am so glad that we did! My plan was to work on learning about Money and Maps. This is not really possible out on a walk, but looking for Monarchs was! So “m” is for money, changed into “m” is for Monarch!!! We were lucky that we were able to spot a few flying and to see the compete life cycle in the gazebo that is reserved for their Monarch conservation!!! Bug, Bunny and Pup loved to see them! As we headed into the butterfly garden, a monarch butterfly flew right into us! I was able to catch it and the girls got a chance to see a butterfly up close! It was one of those special learning moments that really made an impression on the girls! I can see why Montessori always started with real things! They are so much more meaningful! After that the girls were so excited to look for more! It really was a great trip and it made us all feel better!
After that it was nap time, and Bunny and I had some time to work in the kitchen. Earlier in the morning I had done the Teen Board with her and I was so proud of her for mastering it! We picked a number, put it on the board and she picked out the proper beads! She did it all perfectly! So later I wrote out different numbers between 10-20 and she made to make then out of marshmallows! She did they all perfectly! She even remembered the names of the numbers! She of course was rewarded with being able to eat some of those marshmallows! 😉 She loves math she can eat! So anyway, here are the pictures of our day! Beware there are alot of them! 🙂 I will start with this weeks trays and move on to the work and the walk!

Book Basket

Whole hand transferring (mostly for Tadpole)

Money sorting

Magnetic/ Non magnetic

Penny Polishing

Our “M” basket
~ Math (Bunny’s giraffe card)
~ Mary, Jesus’ Mom
~ Man
~ Maraca
~ Marker
~ Mushroom
~ Muffin
 (this was taken out due to the fact that Bunny and Bug both said that this was a cupcake and that doesn’t start with “M”. Cant sneak anything past them! )

Penny designs on the Hundreds Board.

Tracing around coins
Pup and Bunny were working again this morning before we got dressed! I’m starting to be embarrassed by the amount of pics I have with the girls in their PJs! 🙂 But I cant kill their enthusiasm!

Bunny put all the pennies on the board! She thought it was fun!

Here is Tadpole (after we got dressed).
The whole hand transfer turned into whole hand throwing!  Oh well we will try it again another day!

I did pull out the Honey Bear with cotton swabs. He really LOVED this! He really seems into putting thing into containers. The coin box was a hit and now this. I need more ideas of activities like this. Hmmmm….

Bug did a puzzle map! This is pretty hard for her and It took a little persuading to get her to finish!

She also tried coin sorting.

Here is Bunny coloring her Mallow Fairy coloring page. She really works hard to make it look like the picture!

Here is Tadpole working with a work I threw together real quick. All it is is little wooden sticks that he needed to stick into the bottle! He really liked doing this for a while!

Bug made some new flower arrangements for our tables!

Here is Bunny working on the Teen Board.

After she did the board, I took the tiles from the Hundreds board, put them face down, and let her “draw” one and make the number! She did great with this too!

Here we are at the park. Bug is looking at the conservation gazebo!

Here is a newly emerged butterfly drying its wings!

Here they are looking at the life cycle poster.

Here is the Butterfly that we were able to catch!!!!
 Bunny was able to get a picture for me (those are my hands)

Bung found a flower that was her favorite color!

Here are the maps that are along the trail! So we were able to talk about maps and how they get us to places!!!! Yeah for spur of the moment learning! 😉

Another Monarch we saw!

Here is a caterpillar that we almost squished! It was really pretty!
Another great chance to talk about the butterfly life cycle!

Here is a seed pod thing that Bunny found. She really thought it looked like the flower bud the Mallow Fairy was holding. It maybe from a Swap Mallow. I have to look it up!

Here is marshmallows math! 😉

She really did well and loved it!

And it was yummy too!  😉
So that was our day! I hope yours was good too! I am linking this post up to Montessori Monday over at
One Hook Wonder and Living Montessori Now! There are, as always, awesome ideas! Check it out!

New School Year (and a Nature Walk)!!!

Well I was planning to officially start our school year next Monday, however my girls had other ideas! 🙂 Yesterday I started cleaning up the work in our classroom. I needed to put some work away and I needed to get some new trays out. Well next thing I know the girls are working, not just dabbling, but really hard core working! I think we ended up getting a two hour work period in! I was really surprised since I didn’t encourage it at all! So I thought I would take them down there again today, but they beat me to it! I came down this morning to find them already working in their jammies! I guess we are really ready to hit work hard next week!

Pup did Pink Tower a few times and she did get it put together correctly!!!

Bunny did alot of easier work she hasnt done in a long time!

Here they are working right out of bed!

We also had such a nice day that I took the girls out to a park for a walk. Neither girl really wanted to go, but they ended having a great time! Bunny found Queen Ann’s Lace and she fell in love! I have never seen here like a flower so much! I tried to pick on for her, but I ended up pulling the whole plant out. Bunny decided that she would plant it in our garden! 🙂 She did plant it and is planning on watering and taking care of it! Here are some pictures of our walk!

Bunny told me that this was a bunny leaf! 😉 She liked it alot!

Here she is with her Baby plant! She was so excited!
When are you starting school this year?