Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Welcome!

Welcome to Creation Exploration Ministry

We now have a website as well as our Facebook Page for your convenience.  I will probably continue to post here for awhile, as it's convenient.

Visit and like Creation  Exploration Ministry on Facebook!
Or check out our new (a work in progress) website at http://creationexploration.jimdo.com!

Scroll down beyond this post for updates on our most recent adventures!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Articles of Interest

These four articles have come across my newsfeed this week and all are worthy of serious consideration for anyone working with children and parents.

Why Are Kids Afraid of Nature?
http://www.care2.com/causes/why-are-kids-afraid-of-nature.html#ixzz37AW92F00

The Criminalization of Natural Play
http://blog.childrenandnature.org/2014/07/16/overdue-we-need-a-national-conference-on-the-criminalization-of-natural-play-and-a-no-child-left-inside-legal-defense-fund/

Who's Afraid of "Big Bad Nature"?  Far Too Many Kids
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201407/whos-afraid-big-bad-nature-far-too-many-kids

It's Time We Gave Our Children Permission to Get Outside and Get Dirty
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/16/its-time-we-gave-our-children-permission-to-get-outside-and-get-dirty



This Week In Nature Study

This week, in just a span of  a few days, several articles came across my newsfeed that propelled me forward.

Articles about children, nature, wild play and fear.  I'm no stranger to fear of nature.

I am however determined that the next generation of moms and children should be walked through and desensitized to fear of creation, the great outdoors, that children should be able to run and play the way my parents did.

I'm motivated, as my own children range from nearly grown to fledged from the next to work to help the next generation get outside!

This week when our homeschool group gathered, it was made up primarily of young families.  Families that aren't even technically homeschooling yet, but who are very much homeschooling their preschool aged children.

The best part of nature study was not the children catching things from the pond and bringing them to our observation tub (a large galvanized washtub rescued from my father's barn).  But rather, it was the moms, who were ankle deep in mud.  It was hearing the mom, not the child, say, "I got a frog." that excited me.  These moms weren't doing it for their kids.  Nope, the kids were on their own.  These moms were doing it .... well, just for the fun of it, because they could.

The kids were doing it, too.  They caught frogs.  And as always, I was excited to see and here little voices saying, "What is it?  What did I catch?"  As they brought their net containing the prize of their efforts to the tub.

At the explorations end, all the creatures were safely and gently returned to the pond, and everyone went home happy and looking forward to next week.

Hopefully, they went home, too, inspired, thinking about my dream, for property, ocean property, that is ours, where there is freedom to let the kids play wild, while moms are nearby but not hovering, where we are exploring and learning and growing, together.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Crawling Under A Rock

Ever feel like the world was closing in and the safest place to go was under a rock.  Yeah, it started out like one of those days.

The crazy part is that there have been so many amazing things happening in the last two months.  Seriously, two months ago I sent out a prayer request.  A dozen folks responded and started a prayer circle and in that time, God has done so many amazing things for Creation Exploration.

As a group we claimed the land we've been using, by putting chairs out and planting a garden and talking about building forts.

Then I got my license, so I can take CEM on the road, with or without another adult to help out.

Then we were given a vehicle.  No, it's not the camper van we'd prayed for, but God knows best what we need at any given time.

And then we were given use of a building to house our stuff, which is currently in my kitchen, books, specimens, posters, the whole schabang!

Now, the biggest prayer is how do we generate income without my going out to work?  Everyone is encouraging me to write curriculum.  This is a huge hurdle and this morning it just seemed too daunting.  Crawling under a rock seemed easier than climbing over it.

Friday, July 4, 2014

A Guide to Exploration in Creation

It seems like it's time.  Time to try to put into writing what we do each week here at CEM as part of our homeschool nature study group.  This is a challenge for me, with many hurdles.  If you've long wanted to do nature study but weren't sure where to start or didn't know how to make it count as school or didn't feel like you had enough knowledge of creation yourself, please comment with your questions.  This will help me know how to shape it to help those who say things like, "Your group sounds like so much fun.  I wish we lived closer."

The fact is that creation is just outside your front door.  If you don't think so, just leave your outside light on all night this time of year ... you'll soon be bustling with activity of various local moths.

Pray for me to have faith, to have courage, to take the necessary steps and to be able by God's grace to produce something that will be a blessing and encouragement to families - all families, not just those who homeschool - to get outside together as a family!


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Lessons Learned

This past Thursday, CEM did it's first day long Creation Care Camp.  It was fantastic.  There were 39 kids, between the ages of 3 - 17.  Six of those were teens that were immediately delegated to as helpers, due to the sheer number of participants.

Everyone took their shoes off, got their feet wet and had fun.  (Well, I hope they had fun!)

I learned some lessons this weekend, too.

I prefer doing parent child groups, where the parents are there.
I dislike doing crowd control.
I don't care what the weather is, you can get outside.
I think teens need to put down their screens and get outside as much as little children.
I don't know everything and some of those kids were way smarter (academically) than I am in the field of natural science.
I don't have to know everything to lead, as long as I'm willing to admit, I don't know everything.

I'm sure there were a lot more lessons I will realize as I decompress from the weekend.


Friday, May 16, 2014

Finally - A Website for Creation Exploration!

A year ago, I was frantically trying and exceedingly frustrated by my failed efforts to get a website up for Creation Exploration Ministry.  This week, in just a few hours time over the course of a few days, I've got a basic website up, and so far, I like the results!!

If you'd like to check it out and see where we've come, from our very first homeschool group in September 2010, to where we are today with a blog, a Facebook page, and now a website and a growing group and a traveling outreach, be sure to visit and check it out!!

http://creationexploration.jimdo.com