The coolest part about living in a new climate zone is that the flora and fauna is so vastly different from where we came. In Northern Illinois, I could pretty much name plants/animals/trees/ insects pretty precisely. Moving here has upended all the knowledge I had. Where as before, I could answer the questions fired off by my inquisitive brood, similar questions now leave me flummoxed. I have to say I’m not quite sure. Or how about we try to find the answer together.
Finding a naturalist in the area was so important to me. We started by attending one two-hour class in November. It was great. I was learning the names of the plants, the fact that South Florida has a variety of different ecosystems and micro-climates that support different life. The kids were also intrigued- but let’s face it, in November, our homeschooling experience was just starting and we’d only just moved here.
Today, our naturalist continued to talk about the food cycle, the life cycle, and decomposition. All the topics are touched on within the time frame given, as well as plant identification along the way, when the opportunity presents itself.
Climbing a tree should be a part of every person’s education, don’t you agree?