"And God said, 'See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be given as food.'"
We headed out back this morning, with our picnic blanket, apple slices and oatmeal cookies, a basket for collecting -- and my camera.
I've found myself shooting less lately, and I miss it. My blogging is uninspired without it! I still have so much to learn, but this morning was just about hanging out with the boys and being present to whatever we discovered.
We spread out the picnic blanket in the shade of my parents' backyard, and I read to them from "A Kid's Herb Book." They climbed the giant evergreen magnolia tree, collected unripened pecans as the birds above us threw down their rejects, and made seed piles.
Littlest found a tiny ladybug larva on the stem of fallen branch...
After about an hour, it started to warm up, so we headed to our own very sunny garden, and pulled up arugula, parsley, basil and carrots for lunch.
Then we came inside to make pesto and pasta. It was extra spicy from all the arugula, but full of vitamins. I've found that picking their own greens inspires my kids to actually eat them! They wouldn't touch pesto otherwise!
Go read Jimmie's post about why nature study is important for Christian homeschoolers. But, first! Could someone direct me to the blog hosting the Friday Nature Study meme? I can't find it anywhere! Thanks. :)
Edited to update: I found it! Go see more Friday Nature Table at The Magic Onions blog!