Part of the joy of homeschooling for me is the fact that I get to learn so many new things... new facts about history, grammar rules, composers, artists, etc. We have a lifetime to learn, and it is so much fun to discover something new!
Take, for example, mushrooms. Until my kids became interested in mushrooms (or toadstools), I took little notice of them. They were either white or brown, umbrella-shaped, and popped up after a good rain. That was the extent of my mushroom knowledge (well, I exaggerate a bit, but you get the point).
As we looked through our Audobon guide, I found there was a whole array of mushrooms that I had never seen, or noticed before. They looked so exotic! Still, my backyard/frontyard variety, in my mind, remained the "white umbrella type."
Look what we have in our very own frontyard! A bird's nest mushroom! Now, these may be the most common mushrooms in America -- I don't know -- but I can tell you that THIS 39-yr old has never seen one before.
Aren't they amazing? Tiny little mushrooms -- less than 1/4 inch across -- that look like a bird's nest! (sorry for the poor picture quality... they are so small I couldn't get my digital camera to focus on them well)
The wonders we find when we take just a minute to look....