Spring Nature Walks

Friday, April 8, 2011

Our weekly spring nature walks with local moms, and sometimes a city naturalist, at the city's reservoir resumed today and it was great to be outside exploring, climbing, and getting muddy.

You would think that I am a Charlotte Mason follower for all the times I quote her, but really I just love her view on children and the outdoors:

"Children should be made early intimate with the trees, too; should pick out half a dozen trees, oak, elm, ash, beech, in their winter nakedness, and take these to be their year-long friends." (Home Education, Vol 1, II, Out-Of-Door Life For The Children, p.52)

Just as Mason proselytizes in her early-20th century prose, we make it a priority for the kids to have loads of unstructured outside nature time which, while perhaps requiring a bit more searching and creativity for city homeschoolers than our country counterparts, is well worth the effort.

And if anyone has suggestions for removing sap from little hands, I'd love to hear them!


  1. I'm the same way with Charlotte Mason and her views on kids getting outside. You'd think I was a die-hard Masonite. I'm not, but I love her nature study ideas, particularly for small kids.

  2. Hello Kerry,
    We're in Somerville, seriously considering homeschooling. We had a park open 1.5 years ago that had a berth of pine cones in the fall. My son would collect them, and come home with pine sap all over his clothes. The only thing that removed it was using a lint-free cloth (diaper insert) with rubbing alcohol. I imagine it would work on hands, too.


  3. Lauren, what a great suggestion. Thanks! I have lots of extra diaper inserts that I'm finding random uses for, so this is great. Hope we see you at some homeschooling activities.