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 we marvel at all the jewels. We clip small twigs from two backyard trees. The birch and Middle Girl’s maple tree. Then, we step into the front yard and snip a red bud twig. Three for our study after lunch.
After lunch, we clear the table, read our science lesson, then pull out notebook pages (from the Winter Book 2 – More Nature Study ebook) and pencils. Our three twigs have been the table’s centerpiece since the morning. I appreciate this part of nature study – the sketching – because it helps us notice even more.
- some leaf scars
- the birch has tiny, tiny buds.
- The maple has beautiful, blooming pink buds.
- The red bud – nothing.
We’re gonna take a walk outside today…Gonna see what we can find today…
Nature adventures starting at daybreak on a Tuesday. Many thanks to Handbook of Nature Study’s Outdoor Hour Challenges.