OUTDOOR SCHOOL: SEPTEMBER 2019

We already spend quite a bit outside, but this year we are attempting to be outside for several hours a day together, no matter the weather. At the very least, half an hour on the coldest of days.

We began the official ‘everyday’ goal in September but got out and about plenty in August.

We have been enjoying walks/bike rides along various bike trails here in town.

This, I believe will be what out outdoor time involves on the rainy and snowy days.

We also go up to our favorite park a couple times a week. We often have a picnic lunch at the lookout spot or under a tree by the water. Afterward, we spend about an hour walking around the spring and the river. It stays cool by the water, but not so much at the playground. So, if it is not too hot, they will spend the last hour swinging and sliding and making up new games.

Looking for crawdads and tadpoles.

We spent three entire days swimming in the river. Some days got really hot, so we took advantage of having the place to ourselves, save a couple of other homeschooling families on one of the days.

Another one of our favorite spots for wandering, reading, and painting has been the lake in town.

So many cool critters – and it is another cool spot on a hot day!

Looking for acorn caps to send down the river.

Some more photos from the park.

The girls also enjoyed a field trip to the zoo, and nearly had the place all to themselves.

There were many other breakfasts, lunches, and evening spent outside left unphotographed. Our time outside and freedom to go where we want, when we want has made all the difference in our moods. I hope we can keep it up!

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