The past month has been quite busy with Teach Them Diligently and Apologia Live….but, we’ve been trucking along with some science, Grammar, math…and of course our nature studies.
Barb at Handbook of Nature Study is such an inspiration to me…and while I haven’t ‘been around’ her way lately, I’m still here, with my children enjoying the beautiful weather!
We have not had to travel far for our nature walks…and while I wish I had tons of pictures of Robins and goats…I do not. But, I have some of my favorite tree: Dogwoods…
I love the dogwood tree. My Mom would always call it the Jesus tree…with the dents on the bracts reminding her of the scars in his hands and feet from the nails. I have to admit, that makes the Dogwood pretty special to me…..
Because I have a special love for the Dogwood, I was careful to teach my children an easy way to draw it using chalk pastels…. I hope you enjoy it
I love the lesson in the HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY for the Dogwood. The information provided (as I explained above) about Bracts, the tree and the flower in the center, was truly a delight for all of us. The day we decided to venture out for our backyard…to find our favorite dogwood tree, it was drizzly….but, we snapped a little piece off and brought it in. The one thing we were able to capture as the day the buds were opening and the day they did open!
We had a GREAT nature walk when it was time to study the Robin. Another Mom and her sons were visiting at our home…and i took them to one of our favorite little hang-outs….for some fun listening/watching for birds
When we returned home (hot and sweaty)…the kids sat around and sketched their Robins after I read the lesson to them. We also gathered around the computer and watched the videos Barb had recommended – what a Blessing to enjoy nature with our now (in real life) friends! I can’t wait to visit them soon!
Today, we sat down and read about Goats. The kids love goats. Two summers ago, we were able to visit a neat farm near Mount Rushmore that had some goats. I remember…everyone had a favorite and even my husband had a hard time not bringing one home!
While we haven’t been able to visit a goat farm, last Friday, we did visit a friends’ farm that has cows. I love the way Barb mentions many ways to get out and spend time with animals that are similar to the animals you are studying. While we were at our friends’ farm…we walked and walked…and I loved watching the children try to get close to the cows. What we found most interesting was WHY they have donkeys with the cattle…. Donkeys are protectors for calves. Apparently, when a calf is born, a donkey will help protect it from coyotes (which are a nuisance in our area…we have had several VERY large coyotes in our back yard). I never knew a donkey would do that! Isn’t it awesome!
The kids loved reading about the Goats…and again, watching the videos. I do not have pictures of them drawing or finalizing their nature study…but, I do have some of the final product. I think they are pretty good. I LOVE that I no longer hear “I can’t draw that”…..all three of the children are becoming more comfortable with picking up pencils/crayons and trying their best….and I can definitely see improvement!
Are you studying nature?
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