Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Green Hour Challenge

Last Friday we started the Green Hour Challenge. You may be thinking what is that? A homeschool mother started this challenge for fellow homeschoolers to get outside and enjoy this wonderful world God has created for us. The idea is to get children to enjoy just being in nature and observing it. "Leave no child inside" is her motto. Anyway, so I downloaded the activities and handbook and I packed up the kids for a hike. We went to the Aiea Loop Trail in Aiea, Hawaii. We hiked for about thirty minutes and stopped at a little stream where the kids enjoyed watching little fish. Meanwhile, Ethan(16 months) is talking up a storm and pointing to everything he is seeing"tree" "bird, tweet, tweet" "flower-he sniffs". At the end of the hike, I let Ethan get out of his backpack and walk the rest of the way. He was picking up sticks and dancing on the fallen leaves(he loved the sound it was making). When we came out of the woods, Mikaela and Blake were sitting at a picnic table writing in their nature journal. Ethan walked over to them and said,"Draw, draw, draw." So I sat him on my lap to draw in his nature journal. It was so cute. He wanted to be included in the activity too. My children love being outdoors. I really am grateful to this mother for this great idea.
Visit her blog and get outdoors today!!!
http://handbookofnaturestudy.blogspot.com/2008/02/green-hour-challenge-1-lets-get-started.html

1 comment:

Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

What a lovely post on your first nature study time. Welcome to the Outdoor Hour Challenges and I hope to see more in the future.

Your blog has some great photos too.

Thanks for the link,
Barb-Harmony Art Mom

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