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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Growing For Learning

One Week of Growth

Cost effective, educational, and memorable

This year we set out to include homesteading activities in the lives of our boys.  It began with a simple garden of tomatoes, peppers, egg plants and cucumbers.  Before long we decided to added a second garden closer to the house with watermelon, beans, and ground cherries.

The daily task of watering, weeding, and monitoring the garden became an important part of our family schedule.  The garden provided endless opportunities to encourage our boys to learn. From the needs of plants to weather conditions it was easy to include math and science activities in our gardening time.

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Life on the Stump

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
~ Henry David Thoreau

Wood Decay Fungus

Our morning walk around the pond lead to an amazing find.  We discovered all of these wood decay fungus examples growing on the north side of a single old stump. The stump has long been a landmark on our nature trail, but with this discovery it’s sure to be a frequent stopping point as we watch these decomposers do their work.

Fungus

Fall is Mushroom Season

We’ve had lots of mushrooms growing this year.  This patch was growing in the front yard near our pines. The bulk of this organisms is actually growing under the surface of the yard.  Only the fruiting bodies emerge along the  edges of the the underground fungus.