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
Small spurts of outdoor time frame our days. It’s simple and works for us. “I just need to go outside and swing for a few minutes before I start my math.” “I finished my math, can I go outside for a few minutes?” If we notice something, we pause to take a look… “Oh, there’s a slug at the bottom of the back door!” “Mama,
How to enjoy fall and homeschool? In spite of it all? Just a few, encouraging tips for you. Those I gathered and pondered while in the midst this week. Mostly just those common sense things I need to remind myself of. Yes, this fall there are wonderful trips you could take, field trips to make. But more importantly there are memories to build. And if
The last days of summer have lingered here in the south as expected. Steamy, humid weather hung on after recent tropical gulf storms. Yet, even so, we’ve noticed the days growing shorter, a few leaves starting to fall. And just when we were getting eager for cooler weather… it came over the weekend with refreshing breezes and gentle rain. Preparing us for fall. If a
“Mama, I need a towel because I did one of the nature prompts,” she calls through the cracked open back door. I look and her feet are covered in clay. I smile. “Make a little mud and walk through it in your bare feet.” ~ August Outdoor Hour Challenge Newsletter Earlier I had printed the Outdoor Hour Challenges nature study grid and placed it in
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.
“Happiness is a quiet, perpetual rejoicing in small events.” ~ author unknown We’re putting the pause button on summer. One of the ways we are hanging on to summer is to savor nature. Gathering flowers from the yard and making arrangements. I’ve been using my phone camera to capture blooms when we venture outside into the green of summer… Growing things in our yard. 1.
Loving Creator, help me reawaken my childlike sense of wonder at the delights of Your world! ~ Marilyn Morgan Helleberg Amongst the patches of Georgia red clay and overgrown rose bushes that hang over the way… even amidst the backyard play, there are things that grow every day… A new daylily. Some from my Daddy’s yard and some from Mama Ann’s. Names like prairie moonlight,