Photo Walk

More Than We Can Ever Learn From Books

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. ~ John Lubbock

Turning outdoor experiences into learning experiences is always a priority. One way we accomplish this is by starting each adventure with a plan to carefully look for examples of specific organisms or earth processes. On today’s hike, we focused our attention on wood decay fungi.

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Jack-o-Lantern Mosaic Project

Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials.

Art from Nature

Jack-o-lantern Mosaic
Jack-o-lantern Mosaic

It’s a slow moving rainy Saturday at the schoolhouse.  Last night we filled a bag with freshly fallen maple leaves, and picked up a large brown cotton wood leaf for today’s Jack-o-lantern Mosaic project. It was the perfect night for a walk. The air was crisp and the leaves were dry.  Kicking our feet through the fallen leaves is a game that never gets old.

Early this morning, before the boys awoke, we made our cups of tea and coffee and got to work.  We cut the colorful maple leaves into small square pieces. Then, we created two pumpkin shaped forms from last night’s pizza box. Our final piece of prep work was cutting some jack-o-lantern face pieces from the cottonwood leaf.

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