My mother must said these words a thousand times. I was a bookworm, and I spent much of my youth practicing as well. Granted, there were many hours spent in trees, hiking, and in playgrounds, and whenever I was outside I loved it. It just wasn’t second nature to me to say to myself, “You haven’t been outside today”.
It still isn’t, and my children suffer for it. Recently I stumbled upon this forum post about the Charlotte Mason method. It is important to have nature WALKS and not just nature talks. I realized that my children could gain much from this, and so I sent out an e-mail to our local homeschooling group and asked if there were other parents interested in doing nature walks for toddlers/preschoolers. There were! Now it is officially on our schedule to go outside, and it has been wonderful. Yes, it is sad that I have to schedule it, but at least we’re going. I am glad that I was able to recognize this weakness of mine and to find a solution for it.
Yesterday we went to the Stokes Nature Center. Here are a few pictures of our adventure.