Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Winter Nature Study

We have not been doing nearly enough nature study around here lately. By that I mean, we have been doing absolutely no nature study around here. I mean, we live in the woods and we have a lot of animals- both domestic and wild- and we grow things, so there is always some sort of casual nature interaction going on. But I really miss nature study as a dedicated part of our homeschool. And I  miss doing nature journals! So I am setting a goal of doing nature study once a week.

I even have a bit of a plan in place to begin our nature study, since if it isn't planned for around here, it isn't going to happen. 

We are going to start with the snow study from Barb's blog. There is a link in there to a winter scavenger hunt that looks fun. I think it will help us "break-in" to this subject again.  I subscribed to her newsletter as well, and it has me pretty excited about getting all this going again. It is a great little publication with lots of information and ideas-and it's free!

I plan to read aloud (or have the kids read) Snowflake Bentley. The Nature Connection has a page depicting different types of snow flakes, so I think it would be fun to have the kids catch snowflakes on a sheet of black paper or felt and try to determine what type they are. There is a similar sheet here, if you don't own The Nature Connection.

I am also going to request these two books from the library...

And finally, while we are on the subject of snowflakes and crystals, I think making rock candy is in order, along with borax snow crystals.

Unfortunately, while we have a snowstorm coming overnight-perfect timing!- it is going to be super cold around here the next few days. So I am not sure if I am going to be able to motivate  myself to get outside much. Luckily, most of these ideas can be done indoors!

Till next time!

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