Home School Life Journal From Preschool to High School

Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Unschool Monday: The Strawberry Patch and Nature Study

The day was hot, saved only by a slight breeze. Spirits were high even so because this yearly tradition is something we all look forward to.

The strawberry patch also has a stand of flowers, vegetables, fruits and handmade baskets from Africa. We love to browse there.

Slices of watermelon were a refreshing treat.

We took a hay ride to the strawberry patch.

Some of us picked strawberries, deep among the cool leaves.

The aroma of ripe strawberries filled the air.

Others of us sketched in our nature journals. Quentin thought to bring them after the great time we had sketching in them this time last year.

I sketched a buttercup. Quentin sketched this plant. It looked familiar, but we didn't know it's name.

Some of us just relaxed and enjoyed the day together.

We ate strawberries, of course.

We enjoyed time with friends.

Very happy friends.
Steven showed Quentin how to make "bombs" out of some weeds.
Quentin enjoyed shooting them at me.
Can you see it?
James sketched strawberries.
Quentin's nature journal page.
When we got home, Quentin wanted to look up his plant in our wildflower guide...
and we learned that it is called "Pineapple Weed."
We will remember this always.


  1. What a GREAT day! Yum! We strawberry pick in mid to late June in Maine. We'll have to get to the farm again this year! (We're almost out of the 10 quarts we froze from last year.) Our own little strawberry bed is flowered. The sketches are wonderful!


  2. Anonymous30.5.11

    What a wonderful day! Glad to know to watch out for Pineapple Weed Bombs when picking strawberries! ;)

  3. We love strawberry picking! Such a fun and delicious experience!

  4. Oh, what a lovely day! Strawberries are about gone down here...*SIGH*...

  5. Anonymous30.5.11

    We still have a few weeks before there are strawberries here - can't wait for the first one. Maybe we'll borrow your idea and do some sketching, too. I enjoyed this post very much!
    Almost Unschoolers.

  6. Ah and I can't wait to see what you make out of them - if they last that long! You are bringing back great memories for me of picking strawberries last May. Love, love your fun photos.

  7. We are just getting the first of our strawberries from our garden...yum. Your entry makes me want to go out and pick some to eat. We have pineapple weed here too! Great job remembering your art supplies and I really like seeing your lovely day. Thank you so much for sharing your link with the OHC.

  8. We love strawberry picking, and we are looking forward to being able to go within a few weeks here. I think we might need to bring some drawing materials with us :)

  9. I love the picture of him shooting it at you! Looks like you all had a blast :)

  10. What a beautiful day for your family. Thank you for sharing!

  11. It sounds (and looks) like an absolutely fabulous day!! Thanks for sharing the photos - these are my favorite kind of photo essays!!

  12. What a great day! Strawberry season has passed here. We're getting ready for blackberries now.

  13. Anonymous1.6.11

    i love the sketches!!


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