It’s virtually impossible not to notice the beauty of spring. Early flowers push up through the chilly earth and cheer us in February. By March, in our part of the country, trees are flowering too: white blossoms on ornamental pears, buds promising green leaves and the pretty pink of our red bud. But when you have practiced this study of nature, noticing spring is a
We’ve been contemplating the Ws of winter nature study. These bits of nature study we enjoyed here and there over the last two weeks. Some spontaneous, some purposeful. The Ws of Winter Nature Study Weather: a wide range of temps from spring-like to the arctic blast of this past weekend. We had lows in the teens! Walks: taken in our backyard and over across street
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
Winter wonder and weather walk. We were wet. I love alliteration. And we love nature study. For this start to our winter nature studies, we discussed and filled in the answers to the Winter Wonder questions from the Handbook of Nature Study ebook. We did this on one printed sheet, as a family, during lunch. This was a fine ‘official’ start to our winter studies.
On a sunny Friday in December we went to visit Mama Ann. Visiting Mama Ann always includes some outdoor time and usually a walk over to the garden. (You can just see Mama Ann’s house through the woods in the photo, above. Her wonderful creek is just between this swing and her house. We know how blessed we are to enjoy Mama Ann, continue to
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 he recently learned from his Apologia Biology text. Opening the
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