Sunday, 20 April 2014

Picking daisies at Brereton Heath

bird hide Brereton Heath A sunny day prompted a home ed meet up with friends. Brereton Heath Nature Reserve near Congleton, a lake surrounded by woodland and fields. Once upon a time a large estate planted with Scots pine trees but then becoming a source of silica sand before eventually the reserve it is today. The lake is actually the old sand quarry. There is also lowland heath here, comprising of heathers, ferns and mosses which is quite rare so this area has conservation work to maintain this important ecosystem. Brereton Heath bird life The park is now a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and dog walkers, sometimes canoeists use the lake too. Little Bird loved looking for ducks and other birds and our home education friend was busy snapping away on his camera, trying to catch the perfect shot of a robin. Sadly the robin kept flying away, such is the luck of the promising wildlife photographer. little bird watcher We did spy a bee warming itself on a sign which posed patiently for a few photographs.bee daisy Flowers of course are ideal to capture except LB wanted to pick them all today and walk around with them. It was nearly the end of the world when one was lost but a quick replacement was found. He really loves nature and the little daisy was a source of such interest. The fine detail of life fascinates LB.daisyLike perfect little feathers, so delicate and so collectible for my budding naturalist. We now have a nature table at home where pine cones, pretty pebbles and leaves are displayed. LB learns the names of his natural treasures and it helps encourage his vocabulary which is increasing all the time. The home education route is working so well for him. No stress and at his own pace, learning about the things that interest him.small white featherWe met many dogs around the lake and LB shows no fear at all. At one point there must have been seven dogs around us, playing, running into the water collecting balls and he just happily looks on, smiling to himself. We have two dogs at home of course, so he has grown up with dogs being part of his life. He gravitates towards toy dogs in his play so I think we will build upon this and use this interest to help him learn new skills. dog playing pick up poo Sadly not everybody remembers the above which is very annoying! willow tunnelLittle Bird has started to venture into more imaginative play recently, well of a sort but it is super progress. This willow tunnel became a house which was amazing to hear him say. He's really starting to come more out of his shell and catch up on some areas of development. Also, when it was time to move on, he managed with no fuss at all and this has made such a difference to both of our anxiety levels. Together on the home education journey we are finding our way and it is exciting to see how when he is in the right environment he will make great steps forward.
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33 comments:

Katie Bedlow said...

Looks like a great afternoons wandering! We've been very lucky with the weather for sure, Happy Easter!

BavarianSojourn said...

What a gorgeous place for a Spring walk.... Love the dog poo poster, wish more people would listen to that! :)

Amanda said...

I often take DS there, he loves the lake although the many dogs scare him a bit

Coombe Mill (Fiona) said...

How wonderful to have a local group of home educating friends to join up with. It must make days out and swapping learning notes so much easier and fun for the children too. I love to see the things they home in on, the daisy and the feather, children's minds are such wonderful things. Little bird sounds like he is making great progress with lots of support and encouragement from you, it must be so rewarding to see. Thank you for sharing on Country Kids.

Merlinda Little said...

Love the place and that lake. Dog's poo is really annoying! One time was playing in the sand and suddenly dog's poo and we dont have tissue cuz its just an impromptu walk. Needless to say we are all smelly while were walking home. Must have been a good day =( #countrykids

MushroomsMum said...

That looks lovely, I love the photos, especially the daisy, the feathers and the willow tunnel! I love Willow trees anyway. The dog poo thing is really annoying but I love that sign... Shame people take no notice though #countrykids

Lucie1979 said...

What a lovely looking place!! The dog poo thing really is a shame! The pictures are fantastic! :)

lisa prince said...

fab post looks like you had a great day and fab pics for memories too x

You Baby Me Mummy said...

What a great place to visit. I am originally from Cheshire but I have never been there x

Polly Davies said...

This looks like a great place - and I always have jars full of daisies in the house, Baya loves picking them!

Bex Smith said...

What a lovely post and this looks like a lovely place. Hate people not picking up dog poo - my pet hate!

pinkoddy said...

Looks a gorgeous day and place to get out for some learning.

Oana Chirila said...

A day spent outside with the kids is always a day well spent! Love the drawing ;-)

Kirsty Hijacked By Twins said...

Lovely pictures from what looks and ounds like a great day out. I did chuckle at the pick up my poo picture, I hate it when people don't clean up after their dogs, it is so inconsiderate x

Twinsplustwo said...

That reminds me of Abberton Reservoir visitor centre where we used to take the older boys years ago!

Nayna Kanabar said...

What a lovely place to visit , nice photos.

Suzanne Whitton said...

Wow this looks like a really lovely place to visit :) And what great weather we've had for this kind of thing recently too. Shame about the dog poo. Sadly some people give all of us dog owners a bad name :(

mummyoftwo said...

This looks like a lovely place for a walk and it certainly looks like you had fun!

Emily Shepperson said...

Lovely photography and looks a great place to visit.

Globalmouse said...

What a gorgeous nature reserve. This looks like a lovely trip out - I LOVE willow structures - so beautiful and fun too. Will have to take a trip here soon.

Jane Roberts said...

This really is amazing to read, his progress is fantastic. I admire anyone that can home school, I really wouldn't know where to start. The love of nature is also great, Ethan has no interest lol

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Wild & Grizzly said...

So lovely to read about your day out and how much he loved interacting with nature. It's fab watching kids explore the outdoors, shame about the poo though. x

Orli, Just Breathe said...

You took some great photos! It looks like such a lovely place to visit, and a good opportunity to learn so much about nature while having so much fun :)

Rachel Cooper said...

Some lovely photos. I love the idea of home schooling, especially as I was a primary school teacher but I know for us personally it wouldn't be practical or possible, and I have a feeling my eldest is going to love school. What I love about home ed is the opportunities like this which they don't get at school, and everywhere is so busy on weekends and holidays. It sounds like it works perfectly for you, and will defi itelybe following posts to see how you do it (just in case it becomes an option for us one day!)

Sarah Bailey said...

What a gorgeous day out that seems like and such a beautiful place to visit :) x

Louisa said...

What lovely photos. I think home ed is a wonderful thing and depending on the child it can have a huge positive impact. x

The Go To Mum said...

Looks like a lovely place to visit and you all had a great time

Helen said...

This looks like a beautiful place to visit. Hope you all had a wonderful time.

AnnieMammasaurus said...

Ah I love reading about great places to visit - it looks fab. I home educated one of my older kids for a year - a really special time x

Kara said...

Looks like a stunning place to visit, and how kind of the bee to pose for some photos

Happy Homebird said...

I'm finding more and more people all the time who are or who have done in the past. It's very scary but exciting at the same time.

Happy Homebird said...

Hopefully so, I think it will work for my son as he is so complex that it is such a particular way he learns. x

Happy Homebird said...

Yes, I hope we will feature it more so others can read about it. There's a massive home ed community in my area and numbers seem to be really growing.

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