birdie working on her cutting. a practical life exercise recommended for children ages 3-5. she loved this one.
weekly nature hikes near our home have become a treasure and something that all of the kids look forward to. this past week we have found white tailed deer, a box turtle, numerous turkeys, tadpoles, worms, tiny snails, moths, a robin's nest filled with newly hatched baby birds, various bones, walking sticks, odd bugs and more. i am so incredibly thankful to have found a home surrounded by nature for our family. yesterday there were a couple of doves trying to get into one of the living room windows, it was pretty entertaining to watch and there was the cutest little humming bird flying outside of our kitchen window. it's been such a big change from city life and we absolutely love it.
birdie cherishes her walks has been collecting flowers, plants, leaves, pebbles and nuts along the way. we had her tape some of her findings onto paper and then hang it up above her play kitchen. it made a beautiful piece of art.
i want to thank you for all of the kind words and feedback regarding the recent pre-school/montessori at home posts. this is still pretty new to us, but we are enjoying it and i love sharing our experiences with you here. many of you have asked about montessori references and where to find them. i have two montessori books at the moment that i am so inspired by. this one is specifically for the pre-school years and has been a great guide for us. this one is for ages 3-12+ and i am just digging in but loving it and am learning so much. it has inspired me to change so many things in our home and to find child size supplies and create child size stations in almost every room to help both birdie and sailor become independent. i am also excited to read more about montessori with older kids to see how i can use the method with them too.
many of you have asked for me to post more on my older kids and their homeschooling. i posted a little bit about what i do with them here and will work on an updated post with some book references for you all soon.
footnote: i understand that many people have different opinions on education and homeschooling and i am okay with that. i welcome debate and questions in the comments. what i am not okay with are rude or hateful comments towards mine or any other parents right to decide how to educate their children or any other issue for that matter. if i see them, they will be deleted.