P.E., Home-school Style

Ya know what’s awesome about home-schoolin’? Well, besides everything. You can do whatever you want. That is what makes it SO AMAZING. Kids’ minds are little sponges and they are ALWAYS learning. Your child can expand their knowledge in so many things just within a daily walk or a hike. The world itself teaches us so, so much. You don’t have to be strapped to a desk in a classroom for 7 hours to learn. Today I’m going to give you a taste of just 45 minutes of our day and the things we learned.

A couple days ago for P.E., we leashed the dog and walked “the block” of our neighborhood. I told the kids I wasn’t sure how long it would take, and once we got to a certain point, there would be NO turning back. They were game, so onward we trekked!

We saw all kinds of amazing flowers by everyone’s mailbox. I only grabbed a couple of pictures on purpose-otherwise I would still be out there snapping pics, two days later!! Here is one called a Zinnia. Would you look at all the different shades of pinks!?!? My daughter LOVED this one because pink is her favorite color. 🙂

Common Zinnia with all different shades of pretty pink!

The next thing we came across wasn’t quite as pretty, but breathtaking in its own way. I think it is a dead baby rattlesnake, or maybe just a shedding of a baby rattler. Either way, I stood back and zoomed in on it to snap a quick pic. Whether that’s what it really is or not, either way it brought up the topic OF rattlers, therefore an educational topic. I told them that as baby rattlesnakes grow bigger (like the rest of us), they actually shed their skin and grow new skin. As humans, our skins cells (dermis) eventually get pushed to the outside of our bodies that we can see (epidermis). But snakes’ skin is more like humans and their clothes; when our legs and arms grow too long for our pants and long-sleeve shirts, we give them away and buy something longer. Snakes don’t wear clothes, but they’re basically doing the same thing! Also, when rattlesnakes shed their skin, they also shed the skin of their rattles because their rattles get longer too. Each time it sheds, it adds another segment to its rattle, and each young rattlesnake typically sheds its skin 2-3 times a year! If you ever come across a rattlesnake, you can count the rattles (hopefully it’s dead😖 please be SO careful when approaching snakes in the wild) and get an estimate of how old it is. If it has 9 buttons on its rattle, then you know it is probably about 3 years old. Again, I’m not real sure what this thing is, so if you DO KNOW, comment down below. Either way, it was still a good learning topic since our area has SO MANY scary, venomous snakes.

Here’s the weird dead thing on the sidewalk that sparked our educational snake talk.

This next picture isn’t really educational outside of the fact, way way in the distance is a garden with super high fencing. This is because there are deer that run all over our neighborhood. It is SO neat to see so many Bambi’s running around; and cool to have to wait for them to cross your driveway so you can get into the garage.) BUT they eat EVERYTHING. Before living here, I did not know deer could jump up to 15 feet in height, though they can’t really jump a far distance (like up and over).

Straight back you can see the fenced in garden.

Our next learning experience is brought to you by a Fun-gi. Ha ha. We happened across a spot with several mushrooms growing all around the sidewalk. My 7 year old said “Look! Mushrooms. I think these are funguses.” I said “Well actually, ALL mushrooms are funguseses. Also, if there is ONE mushroom (or type of fungus) it is called fungus. If there are two or MORE funguseses, it’s actually called fungi and not “funguseses”. Haha. So the rest of the trip home we were on the lookout for more fungi.

A type of Agaricaceae Fungi

Not only did we end up walking 1.5 miles, we learned about different flowers (thanks to the Picture This app), snakes, deer, and the fungus among us.

If you are considering homeschooling, look up your state’s rules about homeschooling. Start with a simple, free curriculum of your choosing. Then give yourself GRACE and realize you ARE enough. The first week or two is overwhelming, but then you get into more of a routine. You begin to realize, kids don’t have to be sitting still as a statue in a desk in a cold room with 20+ other kids to learn how to add and write sentences. You can go on a long walk to get out and enjoy the sunshine, mama can get her steps in, AND your kids can learn. (We also learned our “block” looks more like an upside down state of Texas…or a mini cruise ship! LOL! What do YOU see? )

If you have questions about homeschooling, comment or message me. If you know what in the wide world that creature is in the pic above, let me know!

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