dew on backyard maple At daybreak, I’m switching the clothes from the washer to the dryer when she comes, all excited. “Mama, have you seen the fog? The dew is glistening on the birch tree. It’s beautiful!” Nature study in the early morning. Right after breakfast. The two of us! We step outside into the soft, muddy backyard. Recent rains have left it soppy. And
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 cold front was coming in and our area was under
1. Fun Sunday afternoon trip to Michael’s with Eldest Girl included duck tape and then Starbucks | 2. Shark Birthday Girl | 3. Sunny SunButter picnic | 4. Reading Homeschooling Gifted and Advanced Learners – review soon! | 5. AiG Human Body unit study Nutrition, vitamins, minerals and circulation this week | 6. Learning scientific nomenclature with Apologia Biology | 7. Excavating is hard work!
Our leaf studies started when the first leaves started to change. We enjoyed the fall colors with a local trip to Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park. We’ve awed each week at the maple at church, watching it turn every beautiful shade from green to yellow to red. Last Saturday, we traveled to the next state over to the highest point. We walked and we slowed to
Friday, right before lunch, he calls from the treehouse again. “Come see! Come see! It’s a spider web!” Lil’ Buddy alerts us that the spider moved its web to the top of the slide. I come with my camera and join the gathering. We are struck by the beauty of the web. We just sit and watch. See how the web is attached? See how
Besides our August pond studies with the Handbook of Nature Study, we’ve also enjoyed some nature walks and other discoveries. Early in the month we played in Mama Ann’s stream, which is always fun. We’ll get to do that another day this week! One morning last week we met our friend, Angie @ The One Thing and her boys, over at the park across from
Recently we had an up-close and personal experience with a night time critter. Right in our own backyard! Remember our flying squirrel? Well, we remembered that last year, when we were in the middle of an outdoor hour nature journal study, that we also got to see flying squirrels. There was a nest full of them in Mama Ann’s bluebird house! So, when we saw
Last year, our affection for these summer beauties reached its height just as the sunflowers reached theirs. The conditions were perfect for sunflower abundance. We celebrated sunflowers for weeks, watching them grow towards the sun, sketching them and thinking of them as we were filling up tummies with our beloved SunButter® made from sunflower seeds. This year we planted seeds all around. Under the windows,