After reading "Last Child in the Woods" and observing the calming effect, on ratty children, of an hour in the bush, I've decided that part of our curriculum this year will be a weekly trip to the bush. This week we went to the Barrett Domain, a nice quiet but not too big piece of bush at the other end of town. On a weekday morning it is pretty quiet, apart from the occasional dogwalker. At the far end is the Barrett lagoon, which is definitely not quiet, due to all the paradise ducks, mallards, coots, swans and geese which live there. We took our read-aloud school-books and I read while the kids had a picnic lunch.
We saw some Eastern Rosellas
Daniel caught quite a few Damsel flies
which he let go in the garden at home, hopefully they find some water