Showing posts with label Maymont Estate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Maymont Estate. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Owl Learnings at Maymont Estate

Jonas identifying the Barred Owl in our field guide on Owls. 

He was sleeping but after we were there alone with him for about ten minutes he woke up and stared at DD after she hooted at him!
Some days are just idyllic. 
Our little trip to Maymont was one of those. 
It is days like that which make homeschooling so very worth it on a personal level. 
I know mentally that this is the right choice for us. 
I know that scientifically this type and way of learning is nonpareil for my children at this age. 
But sometimes we need proof and an anchor point for all that mental data. 
I can cite you article after article about why hands on and project based learning is amazing. 
Or why Waldorf really works. 
But then to see it in front of me, really hits home. 
I mean how many kids, after learning about Owls, get to go see them up close and study them?
I certainly won't forget this anytime soon and I doubt my kids will either. 
This trip was a great conclusion to our owl theme. I highly recommend a visit to Maymont if you're in Virginia. It is free, but they suggest a small donation. We spent about 3 hours there and only got through 1/4 of the estate. It took us a little under an hour to get there. They have tons of animals, a children's farm, a nature center, the estate itself, and just beautiful grounds. Stunning. I have lived in Virginia my whole life and I am just shocked that I had never been here before.

I will be back in this place a little later this week to share a new book with you as well as our pumpkin trip and some bat crafts. I just still can't get over how lovely of a day we had. I just love this time in our lives. 

PS: I am linking up with Linda at Natural Suburbia  Nicole S at Frontier Dreams, and Carrie at Crafty Moms Share. These are also some of my favorite blogs so hop over for a look! 

Recording her observations in her nature journal (which also happens to be her main lesson book this year)


Until next time-
Love and Light,