October is an almost universally perfect month to be outside. Here in my Central Florida home, the weather has shifted from the humidity and rain of summer to the breezy perfection of autumn. My kids and I plan to be outside as much as possible.
In fact, these first few days of October have been so luminous, and I’m so thrilled about being outdoors that I’ve decided to make it the focus of Frizzle Chicks this month. This may sound counter intuitive since you can only read this blog on an electronic screen, and I’m mainly going to be encouraging you to put down such devices in order to explore outside. But, I’m really hoping you use the stories, links, and ideas you find on Frizzle Chicks to launch your own outdoor ramblings.
Too often, we think of outdoors as just a passageway from our house to other indoor places. But, outside is an imminently worthy destination all on its own. If outdoorsy stuff isn’t your thing, don’t worry I’ll share tips for how even City Chicks can find a little slice of nature that doesn’t gross them out. In fact, one of my all time favorite gardens is located in the center of the swankiest city in America. So, no matter where you live, chances are nature is close by, you just may not have noticed it for a while.
Here’s a simple way to get started – open your front or back door and go outside. Seriously. Stand there for a minute or two. Listen. Feel. Smell. Look. Does any spot appeal to you? Go sit there and enjoy it for 10 minutes or so. Then, start doing daily tasks outdoors rather than in, like paying bills, making phone calls, doing homework, or eating dinner. Sometimes a change of scenery is all that’s needed to transform our attitudes and refresh our spirits.
My kids and I do a lot of our schoolwork outside and not just nature stuff, like science or art. We do math workbooks, language arts assignments, and journal writing while laying on blankets in the grass or sitting at picnic tables in the park. The whole wide world is right there to inspire and explore. Want your child to change his attitude about homework? Take it outdoors! Nothing motivates quite like a plot of green grass to race across or a tree that needs climbing.
This month, I’ll be sharing stories about the parks and gardens we visit (and you can too), how to use Creation as a classroom, and the lessons we learn along the way.
Let’s get out there!