Georgia Rocks Nature Study

Stone Mountain Park

We ventured out on a recent wintry afternoon in search of rocks in our own backyard. We didn’t find any right away. We did see a few, red clay covered lumps or stones. Monthly Outdoor Hour Challenges newsletter – a free download for Handbook of Nature Study subscribers. We had peeked at the nature study […]

The Marvel of the Butterfly Cycle

Caterpillar hatching by M.A. Teal

They eat leaves! ~ four-year-old They are so beautiful when they are caterpillars and when they are butterflies. ~ six-year-old I just love seeing how they live when they are a caterpillar, when they are a butterfly. I just love seeing their life cycle. Tiny, tiny caterpillars are so cute! ~ nine-year-old We’ve watched metamorphosis […]

Extraordinary in the Ordinary

hydrangea and daddy long legs

The greens of spring. Basil in bottom left with sweet potato vine and squash plant. It’s a busy week. I’m up early making my list. Lil’ Buddy comes down the steps, hair tousled. He’s ready for the day. I turn from my spot on the couch and notice that out the window it is quietly […]

Dogwood Nature Study and Chalk Pastel Sketches


I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.¬† ~John Muir And that was us. We had been noticing the dogwood blossoms for a full week as we went back and forth, in and out of the neighborhood. The pink […]

Unit Studies with Multiple Ages

Unit Studies with Multiple Ages at Hodgepodge

Welcome back to Lasagna Learning: Teaching Multiple Ages. Don’t miss the link to a review of Harmony Fine Arts Plans below! Unit studies are great for an age range because everyone is immersed in the same subject. Unit studies are often how we fit it all in! After the 3 Rs, we can mostly finish […]

Spring is Full of So Many Things


Mama Ann’s dogwood ¬†Watching dogwoods turn from white and pink… into their full summer dress… Visiting Mama Ann a couple of weeks ago when all was in full bloom… Exclaiming over Queen Anne’s lace on the side of the road on the way to church… Stopping to take a photo of a thistle… Planting a […]

When a millipede interrupts math…


Here’s a little story about our nature studies over the last week… Insects. When a millipede interrupts math you just might have to open the front door to put it back outside. Capturing the millipede, gently in a paper cup, of course prompts an Eldest Boy to share a comparison list of millipedes vs. centipedes […]

November World


Our November nature study grid has enjoyed a special spot on the chalkboard above the kitchen table. It’s easy to glance up then turn and take notice of our November world. One of the nature suggestions was to take a walk in the rain. So, one wet Wednesday we did just that. The Wednesday the […]

Chipmunks and Squirrels Nature Study


Chipmunks and squirrels are pretty fast moving. However, we took a leisurely pace with this nature study, enjoying it here and there over the last couple of weeks. Mentioning it while we were outside. Being reminded of it when we saw a squirrel. Squirrels we know plenty about. They frequent our feeder and dart across […]

Fall Leaf Walk is Our Favorite and Our Best


(Photo of leaves Littlest Girl collected in the backyard before we left). We spent a favorite afternoon looking for fall colors. Our favorite because Hodgepodgedad had the day off for Columbus Day. Our best because we headed to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park all together for a fall leaf walk. (Plus we like the BBC […]

Pears, Apples and Nature Journal Art


We packed a lunch and went where we knew the pears would be. Over on the family road where we found the queen anne’s lace. We hopped out and ran to the pear tree. We found one lone pear. We played with the kitty. And the fake snake that keeps the critters away from the […]

Weeds, Seeds, Insects and Signs of Fall


“It’s right up here. The field guide. Let’s watch to see if we see any milkweed.” My instructions to the children as we pulled out of the driveway. Milkweed is supposed to be a roadside variety. (I learned this from the pages and pages in a download of the Georgia varieties I found in a […]