Friday, 11 April 2014

5 days of England: the countryside

Welcome back to the last post in this series on learning about England. I hope it will be useful for those of us who live in England and want resources to help our children learn more about their native land as well as those from abroad who may want to visit either in reality or virtually.

Day 1: Introduction
Day 2: History
Day 3: Food
Day 4: The language

Today, I'm writing about the lovely countryside but really mean any green or seaside outside space. England might not be large but there are green areas everywhere. Cities have plenty of parks, allotments and other green spaces. 
This is on the outskirts of London

Morden Hall Park is less than ten miles from Trafalgar Square, in central London.
A London park

Not everyone will agree with me but, in my opinion, the weather is such that it is possible to go out most days. Warm, waterproof coats and wellie boots are part of my essential home education equipment. We wouldn't go out if there is a severe weather warning but otherwise try not to let weather deter us.

The sea is always relatively close: never more than 70 miles away from any point in England.

Some websites about nature in the UK:
Nature Detectives: this has many activities for children. There is a paying section but there are also many free activities on the site.
RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) has a bird identification section, nature reserves and an annual Garden Watch.
London Wildlife Trust runs nature reserves in London as well as having a section, on its website, about different habitats and species in London.
Woodland Trust has information about woods around the country.

Some of my favourite outdoor places:
The Long Mynd in Shropshire
North Downs in Kent
Morden Hall Park in London
Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door in Dorset
Lake District (definitely best out of season)
The Cotswolds

This is just a short list: there are so many more beautiful places. Please write about your favourite outdoor places in England in the comments.

Some of my fellow Schoolhouse Crew members are also taking part in the 5 days blog hop, this week. Do visit these blogs
Ellen @ Grace Tells Another Story ~ Making Homeschooling Fun!
Marcy @ Ben and Me ~ Helping Children in Uganda
Wendy @ Simplicity Breeds Happiness -- International Meals
Melanie @ FinchNWren ~ Finchnwren's Fabulous Family Movies
Sarah  @ Delivering Grace ~  learning about England
Victoria @ Homemaking with Heart ~  Connecting with the Creator through Nature Study
Joanie @ Simple Living Mama ~ 5 Days of Charlotte Mason Preschool
Gwen @ Tolivers to Texas ~ A Happy, Peaceful Home
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses ~ Homeschooling 4 FREE resources
or click on the banner for even more topics.
April Blog Hop 

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