I've been reading several books on homeschooling lately, and am trying to wrap my mind around what exactly God is leading me to do with our boys' education. I read this book at the end of my pregnancy with Jamie, which was truly an inspiration, and now I'm reading this and this, to continue learning about the Charlotte Mason philosophy.
One thing the books mentioned was nature journals, and in light of our beautiful Spring and our constant wanting to be outdoors, I felt inspired to get the boys started. It's recommended that you offer quality supplies, so we went to the art store and I bought (with my birthday gift card) some good quality art pencils and nice sketch pads, one of those nice gummy erasers... and then went outside with the boys to observe and sketch. They loved the journals. A lot. They drew and drew. Then it got a bit chilly, so we went inside, and they kept drawing. And not just nature. I think Indiana Jones made his way into some of those nature journal pages.
Now according to the books, I'm not supposed to interfere or limit what they draw in their journals. It's supposed to be their journal, not regulated by me. But Finn has used almost all his paper! I find myself wondering if I should tell myself I'm silly, just let this go, it's good for him to have nice things and use them, or if I'm just plain silly for buying nice paper and pencils for a three-year-old.