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Schooling Out of Doors / Escuela al aire Libre

We have had some wonderfully warm weather which has finally gotten us out of the house.  I think we will try to do most of our lessons outdoors for the rest of the year.  I read of a forest school that does this.  It seems this is more popular in Europe than in the US, but we will attempt it.

Por fin hemos tenido clima muy bonito y caluroso, que nos llevo hacia afuera.  Estoy pensando que intentaremos tener las lecciones en las afueras por el resto del anyo, cuando se permite.  Lei de escuelas asi, creo que sera divertido.

Here is a beeswax flower Miss M. made with grandma.  It is interesting how it brought focus to both, and the chatter died down soon enough. 
Aqui esta una flor de cera que la nina hizo con la abuela.

How quickly they came and went.  
Que rapido vinieron y se fueron.

Our Springtime display thus far.
Nuestro mostrador de primavera.

 A little beeswax bird in her nest.  It's a robin, with a blue egg.


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