I found this beautiful site....it is from 2 years ago, but I can pretend it is current. http://www.owlsland.com/april.htm I really wish I had a friend in Tarsus/Mersin who was interested and available and computer-savvy enough to send me local info throughout the year. That is where my daughter's father is from and where her grandparents live. But this seasonal information from Kalkan is pretty wonderful for my purposes. Found this one, too: http://www.bezirgan.info/buildings.htm
What led me to these sites is springtime and the profusion of blossoms and reawakening Nature.
Dilara is 3 1/2, but we are working on learning as much as we can in our daily life. We try to use our senses and pay attention. Two weeks ago we went to the Warner Park Nature Center and we saw toads mating and listened to their calls and we saw some tadpoles. We also visited the organic garden (we are getting our own going at home, too) and we tasted arugula and spinach. http://www.nashville.gov/parks/nature/wpnc/
Last week we visited the Nashville Zoo and tried to pay a lot of attention to the blooming flowers and shrubs. I knew wisteria, but there were some things I don't know. I need to buy some field guides and a notebook to take with us on our treks. When I was married, we had many Audubon field guides that I had gotten from Sam's for not much money. They were great, but they are at my ex-husband's house. I need to get my own set for Dilara. I think keeping a journal of discoveries is a very nice thing to do. Also, taking dictation from a young child...having her tell a story ore review what happened on an outing and keeping it in a book for future reference.
I have many things to work on. One of them is working on organization and helping Dilara establish good habits. I need to establish some new habits, too.
I recently was talking to a friend about her homeschooling. She uses the Charlotte Mason method. I am not very familiar with it, but I am really looking into it now. I am just delighted to see how her sons are turning out!
Some links I have used lately:Core Knowledge Series http://books.coreknowledge.org/product.php?productid=16165 Charlotte Mason List of Attainments http://www.amblesideonline.org/CMAttainments.shtml South Carolina Benchmarks/Standards http://www.scfirststeps.org/docs/CTKEOCguide.pdf What is the Charlotte Mason method? http://simplycharlottemason.com/basics/what-is-the-charlotte-mason-method/ Classical Homeschooling http://www.classical-homeschooling.org/