We had changed some of our equipment a bit; a new mattress for us, an awning to use in case of rain and a great new little lantern. We found a Kelty Lantern which we thought would be a good addition and boy was it. it lit up the inside of the tent like it was daylight. Very worthwhile purchase and I highly recommend it. It's lightweight, sturdy, and the light is much brighter than our Coleman we bought a few years ago. We still have and used our gas powered lantern as well, we even loaned it to some people that came in late Friday night as they set up their site. Bear and I were using the Kelty to walk to the bathroom and get ready for the night, or we would have loaned it as well.
|Old lantern that is over 40 years old and |
works like a dream!
Bear was amazed at her Daddy's ability to start a fire with nothing more than slivers of wood. She loved watching him cut wood with our camping hatchet. One thing I found, we were all ready for sleep by 9 pm at night, before it was dark! Bear got ten or more hours of sleep every day we were camping. She was that relaxed.
|Bear insisted on helping the hubs set up the tent. |
When it came to the big poles she stepped aside and
began exploring the "nature" around the camp site.
We had littke trails all around us.
|The tent all set up. |
Its a very roomy 4 man tent, but I still think
we are ready to venture bigger.
|Watching mommy get all the stuff set out.|
|All set up and ready for a relaxing weekend.|
So what does camping have to do with homeschool? A lot. Some things Bear learned this past week as we prepared and went camping:
- Organizing and packing
- Setting up the tent as she helped her daddy
- How to rope a calf and the parts of a lariat
- How clams look when they are still in their shells
- The meaning of the word cadence
- Social skills with adults and children she never met before
- How you can use sticks to write in dirt and how to sharpen that stick against a hard surface like the cement sidewalk or blacktop road.
- The difference between clams and oysters
- Bird watching
- Searching for pretty rocks for our tumbler
- cooking over and in a camp fire
- and more....
Happy tending gentle friends and remember the whole world can be your laboratory!