My approach to homeschool is very…. eclectic. I “teach” from a very nature based standpoint. Creating and fostering a great love for Mother Earth and all of her creations is very important to me. I believe it helps to promote a more mindful, gentle kindness in the little ones, and hopefully in turn will create kind and gentle grown ups in the future.
This week we are studying earthworms. We have worms up here in Alaska, but I honestly don’t think I have ever seen earthworms on the ground or in puddles after a good rainstorm like you would see in the lower 48. The only worms I’ve seen here in my garden soil are red wiggler types. And to be honest, we did end up with red wigglers for our worm farm instead of the big fat earthworms that I was kind of expecting.
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** I use ENWC as a reference, and absolutely love it, but do not follow it week by week. I cherry pick through the subjects and do them when it suits us best since we are in a bit of a different environment being in Alaska.
With this wide variety of materials, I felt I was able to address the learning needs for all three of the girls’ learning levels ~ from preschool age up to 8 years old.
Throughout the week we read through our great stack of nature books, drew some pictures and worked on handwriting in our nature journals, completed worksheets, and played with these stretchy wiggly worms from the Dollar Spot in Target. The girls LOVED these!
Towards the end of our unit study, our worm farm and live worms arrived ~
First step was to soak the coco peat pods in warm water for a few minutes. While they were absorbing the water, we transferred the worms and soil to the worm farm, added the bright green sand, then the coco peat, and topped with grass seed. I had wondered if there was going to be some “eww” factor from the girls, but they were so excited to assemble the farm and observe the worms, there was zero “eww” from them. They LOVE checking in on the worms and seeing the new tunnels they had formed. I’m honestly surprised at how much they are enjoying their wormy friends.
Later on in the summer, we’ll release them into the garden, give them plenty of room to roam, reproduce, and in return they will help to nourish the garden for us. Win Win 🙂