Saturday, June 30, 2012

P52 Photo Challenge - School's Out - Week 26

This week for the P52 Photo Challenge, the theme is "School's Out." Since we homeschool year-round, school technically isn't "out"...it just takes a different form.

During the summer, we do more outdoor and science/nature-based activities. We have been using the state park system a lot so far this summer. It has had many educational and fun naturalist-led programs that we have done since Memorial Day weekend including:

- going on an evening bird hike;
- dissecting an owl pellet and learning about owls;
- making a dream catcher;
- learning about fish and making a fish print;
- exploring life in glacial potholes (found lots of tadpoles and eight different forms of invertebrate life);
- rock-climbing; and
- canoeing.

Even when we're doing something relaxing and fun, the girls are always curious and want to learn more about what they see.


In the photograph above, we are looking over the side of the canoe at the water striders and other insects that are on top of and/or in Lake Alice. A bit later on this canoe trip, we spotted a beautiful white swan swimming by the shoreline.

It was a wonderful - and memorable - way to spend a Sunday morning.

5 comments:

Nicky said...

I absolutely LOVE your summer plans, how exciting to do things all related to nature. These are seriously cool. I love the shot of the canoeing as well. Happy Saturday

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Rita said...

Wow! You've done a lot of things already! Looks like a wonderful day to be out on a canoe! Great pic. :)

Donna said...

Love being on the water. Great fun.

Julie Anne said...

Hurray for more outdoor activities. I love the warmer temps! Visiting from project 52.

Sarah Huizenga said...

The beauty of home schooling, you can take the classroom where ever you want to.