It’s all about nature

This morning was not proving to be as productive as I had hoped, although they were doing something constructive there was bickering and tension in the air, so, we all pulled on our wellies, grabbed the camera and the Mushroom and Funghi spotters book (will return to you tomorrow HH but did come in handy today! :)) and went on a nature walk.

The girls took lots of photos and had fun funghi spotting and tree climbing..

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After a quick lunch we headed off to Creative Writing where the girls learned a little bit about Haiku Poems; “Haiku” is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. Haiku poems consist of 3 lines which rarely rhyme. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. M asked them to imagine themselves in a peaceful place, which generally leads to somewhere within nature and write a few lines to describe their surroundings. After discussion about the things everyone had written, all the children were encouraged to take a section of a Haiku poem which had been written on a piece of paper and seek out the rest of it among the rest of the group to produce five separate Haiku poems which they all did well. This exercise got them to understand a bit more about the structure of the poems. All the children created their own poems and were given an opportunity to share them with the rest of the group. Here are Skye’s;

Leaves falling off trees

Squirrels jumping branch to branch

Nuts fall on the ground


Feet sink in the sand

Children splashing in the sea

Sand between my toes

And Poppy’s..

Children in their boots

Splashing in the cold, rocky stream

Socks wet, time to go


Glasses lined up ready

Bubbles fizzing in the bottle

POP! Cork flies out the window!

I love that they are so enthused by attending these sessions. Such a simple exercise but so very rewarding 🙂

That done, quick dash over to my cousins for Skye’s drum lesson, home, tea, Poppy fimo’d for a bit and Skye CP’d then dropped Skye to Scouts for a Commonwealth Games night, Poppy did some lovely drawings of bears then watched Masterchef with me. Daddy picked up Skye and Pops and I snuggled up on her bed so she could read to me for a bit. Skye home, both to bed.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michelle
    Oct 13, 2010 @ 06:35:31

    I’m loving funghi photos after being all wowed by K’s M getting his photo in the finals of the photography competition. Your photos are very lovely too ;-). Think ducks approaching is my fav but also live S&P in the tree. You do live in a beautiful area.


  2. Zoe
    Oct 13, 2010 @ 07:00:02

    Its days like yesterday that makes me realise how lovely our village is 🙂 Just wanted to point out that the girls took all the photos themselves (except the ones wher they are both in them)! I think we will do more of this ready for next years photographic comp. Very inspired by M 🙂


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