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.
Birds. Another day, at lunch time, children notice the variety of birds at the feeder. One decided a SunButter hot dog bun is what the birds would like for lunch. Bird watching continues and all these are noted besides the brown-headed nuthatch above: white-breasted nuthatch, yellow warbler, doves, downy woodpecker, wren, carolina chickadees. Middle Girl makes a homemade bird bath from an abandoned lego bucket, complete with a perching rock.
(Note SunButter ‘hot dog’ placed carefully in the feeder, above). Middle Girl wondered if I noticed the ‘new’ birds at our feeder.
Being less than two weeks until Christmas, all decided on a hunt for red and green. (We noticed the evergreen pine trees. Their cones, needles -thanks to our handy December nature study grid).
A leaf rubbing of a mimosa tree here. (prompt from Handbook of Nature Study’s Outdoor Hour December Newsletter)
In summary. If you learn just a little about the outdoors, if you open your heart to nature study, you’ll definitely be grateful to The Handbook of Nature Study site and the love of His creation Barb-Harmony Art Mom shares with her monthly Outdoor Hour Challenge newsletters. Your family just might enjoy your outside time and nature learning most of all. And you’ll grow to love the wonderful community of nature loving families she hosts.