Right now, we are in a weird place where it is easier to go out and explore than to do school at home. I struggled for a while on believing that this would make us get behind on any kind of offical book work, but came to quickly realize that I cant be in the habit of discounting adventure and nature for the sake of a math worksheet! I started a hiking club to help motivate me to actually go explore places that I wouldnt go alone. I have severe driving anxiety and while I love adventure and seeing new places, I dont really love going to new places alone while responsible for 4 kids. I dont know where these fears come from, but this little group is really helping me overcome them.
The hike was nice and easy – we didnt make it through the whole trail as it was noted to get a bit more strenuous as you went along. We stopped at two different spots along the creek for the kids to explore together. Along with tracks, we saw a wood frog and a snake of some sort which was super exciting!
“If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it. Perhaps this is what Thoreau had in mind when he said, “the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think the same is true of human beings.”
-David Sobel, Beyond Ecophobia