This series takes you through an entire year of our nature walks and is part of our non-profit project #Earthschooling365 at www.Earthschooling.org. The photos and posts in this series are all copyrighted. Please do not share or re-print them. Instead, share the link to this blog with your friends.
Along the way I will be sharing our favorite photo of the day, an inner work meditation for the day, photography assignment/tip for the day, nature walk theme for the day and a short verse for circle time (children) or meditation (teens/adults). We invite you to “walk along with us” this year, take some time to use the inner work meditation, be inspired by the nature walk theme of the day and perhaps even start a photo series of your own. To join the community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram please tag your photos #Earthschooling365. To receive these inspirations in your e-mail inbox daily please subscribe to our blog alerts HERE. Don’t worry about missing days – you can join us as many days as you want this year!
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You can start your journey any day. You do not have to follow our schedule. However, we will leave up the first week of the project all year so you can follow the steps to get started.
#Earthschooling365: Day Thirteen
Inner Work Meditation (Heart): I still didn’t see the owl I was hoping to see today. But the hope of seeing it keeps me going even on cold days or days I don’t feel like walking. And in the pursuit of that owl photo I have seen so much more. Today take ten minutes to reflect on what your goals were yesterday and what you saw along the way. Did you accomplish your goals? How much more did you see and experience while trying to accomplish those goals? Bring that inspiration into today.
Nature Walk Idea (Head): Learning nature is like learning to sight read. Sometimes you just see it as a feeling. You start by learning the basic letters of the nature alphabet – tree, bird, plant, flower. Sometimes you take apart the experience and make each nature scene a practice in visual phonics. Ultimately, however, the true child of nature will be able to just see something in nature instantly and have that instant translate into a feeling or a recognition. On your nature walk today take note of the things in nature you already “sight read” and the things you are still learning about. When you see the bird in the picture above do you immediately know it is a bluebird in the same way you know someone you see in your home? Or do you need to look it up online to know what it is? Today look up the name of at least one thing you see on your walk so you can add it to your “sight reading” list in the future. Would you like to incorporate a reading block into your daily lessons? Check out our First Grade April Lessons, First Grade Language Block, or Second Grade Language Block.
Photography Notes (Hands): Today your assignment is to take a photo (or draw a picture, write or use another artistic form of expression) and use the theme of contrasting bright against dull or bright against dark as your topic for the day. In the photo I took today the bright bluebird stands out from all the grayish brown dead trees around it. Notice how you can use color to make your subject stand out in a photo or other piece of art. Use this tool today in your work.
Verse: ABC Bird
Copyright Kristie Burns
Can be distinct
Deep in the end-of-winter woods
Enchanting us with thoughts of spring he chirps
*An ABC poem is a poem that has five lines and creates a mood, picture, or feeling. Lines 1 through 4 are made up of words, phrases or clauses while the first word of each line is in alphabetical order. Line 5 is one sentence long and begins with and E or any other letter. Words do not need to rhyme.
*These poems have been created for many purposes – from early childhood circle time verses to inspirational or expressive. They vary from day to day so you may find the way you use them or enjoy them also varies. If you would like to set these poems to music consider our tutorial: Creating Your Ow Waldorf Verses or Finding Your Inner Voice.