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 grid by the back door before we headed out. So

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 up close. A gulf fritillary caterpillar turn into a butterfly.

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 raining. Steady drops and misty. I mention the rain to

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 dogwoods, across the street at the park, called to us

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 up the remainder of our subjects all together – all