We took a family field trip to the Shenandoah River State Park this week to enjoy a hike along the river. It needed to be a hike that was mostly flat, since our four children are all 5 years old or under, and we like for them to walk themselves.
As is fitting, #1 asked about all the flowers. I did not know the name for a couple, so I think it is time to buy a Wild Flower Guide. #2 noticed that the Boy Scouts of America had built some bird houses along the trail, and #3 was pleased to point out every rock on his path. #4 fell asleep for a short time in his stroller before awaking to the silence of the forest. The quiet was nice.
At the water’s edge, the children and I were able to talk about water flow and the current. #1 noticed the speed of the water, and recollected the song “Oh, my darlin'” and how Clementine was washed away. She said she could see how that happened and then warned her brother not to get too close! This was certainly not a connection I expected her to make, but children rarely make the connections we expect, it seems.