New Homeschool Curriculum

Today we began a new curriculum that taught us an amazing amount in a relatively short (3 hour) period.  It is a cross disciplinary curriculum that embraces visual, kinesthetic and auditory learning styles allowing students to use manipulatives and their own reasoning skills to decode problems and create inventive scenarios.

Today we explored…


teamwork, negotiation, ethics…

personal responsibility (tidying belongings, respect for space)

Geology & Biology

peer to peer tutoring…


life skills (food preparation) coupled with an Al Fresco dining experience…

and of course animal identification (as well as caring for animals, personal confidence, self control, feelings of excitement and joy)…

The cost of this amazing curriculum?  Well in one version of ‘cost’ it is simply time and the cost of driving to a beautiful piece of nature.   But in terms of the benefits received from a beautiful day spent in the spring sunshine; truly priceless.

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  1. #1 by Valerie on March 30, 2011 - 8:49 pm

    Ah, beautiful spot, Nature, kids at play…a recipe for happiness? 🙂

    • #2 by emmalina73 on March 30, 2011 - 10:35 pm

      I know of no better recipe than this!

  2. #3 by Ann on March 30, 2011 - 9:05 pm

    What wonderful experiences and memories for everyone there! My daughters and I spent time outdoors as well today, enjoying the warmer weather and looking for signs of spring as part of our nature study.

    • #4 by emmalina73 on March 30, 2011 - 10:36 pm

      Just being outside today felt like a holiday! Spring days like this really make life worth living don’t they? Bliss : )

  3. #5 by Lise on March 31, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    Great post! I’m pretty sure you could sell your curriculum with that first paragraph!

    Thanks for your caring comment on my blog. I never know how much to share about the sadder side of life, but it’s always good to get support, even when I’m being vague.

    • #6 by emmalina73 on April 1, 2011 - 12:27 am

      You are welcome. I struggle to know what to share, sometimes I feel it eases the burden, other times not. Either way I hope all is well with you.

      The great thing about our ‘curriculum’ is it is free! Isn’t it amazing what a bit of teacher speak can do?!

  4. #7 by Steph on March 31, 2011 - 3:57 pm

    Nothing soothes the soul like a day in the spring sunshine. Add wildlife, good friends and the magaical world of children at play and it doesn’t get any better 🙂

    • #8 by emmalina73 on April 1, 2011 - 12:26 am

      Really a perfect day – we are having a good run aren’t we?!

  5. #9 by Ottawa Gardener on April 18, 2011 - 12:15 am

    Looks like a lovely time outside! P.S. Didn’t know you had a blog (this is T., mom of little L. and big T. with the long red hair writing).

    • #10 by emmalina73 on April 19, 2011 - 9:26 pm

      Hey T! Welcome to my blog, please you found it : ) I will be pillaging your brain for gardening info soon, let the season begin!

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