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Nature Study: Daffodils – Dissection, Poetry & Drawings

Nature Study: Daffodils – Dissection, Poetry & Drawings

We read from the Big Handbook of Nature Study about daffodils and learned some flower vocabulary. To go along with our theme of daffodils we read the poem Daffodils (I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud) by William Wordsworth, and included a copy of it in our nature journals. We also watched this great animated version of(…)

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Outdoor Hour Challenge #1 & Nature Study Journals

Outdoor Hour Challenge #1 & Nature Study Journals

After a much needed vacation, we are home and getting prepared to dig in again. But things are changing around here! We are throwing out some things and trying some new ones! For the past 3 years we have taken to planting seeds and gardening at this time of year. From April to September/October we(…)

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Free Nature Study Resources

Free Nature Study Resources

The BIG Handbook of Nature Study THE BIG HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY is a HUGE (940 pages) wonderful teaching guide full of hundreds of nature study lessons, activities and discussion questions. It is a complete multi-year nature study curriculum that you can use for years to come. It is over 100 megs in size! The(…)

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Bluebird Nature Walk ~ Includes Facts & Nesting Boxes

Bluebird Nature Walk ~ Includes Facts & Nesting Boxes

We recently enjoyed a nature walk which included a guide that took us around to check out nesting boxes and fed us loads of great information about a couple of the common types of birds that would nest in them. It was primarily about bluebirds (thus the Bluebird Nature Walk) but there are other birds(…)

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What Is An Insect?

What Is An Insect?

We have bookshelves flanking two walls in our homeschool room. The kids take books up and down at will from them. Ava in particular will hunt through some of the books (most recently the holiday books), and tote some up to her room for her bedtime enjoyment. This past week she pulled down a book(…)

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Wordless (almost) Wednesday ~ House Finches

Wordless (almost) Wednesday ~ House Finches

While we were away in Florida this past April we had some guests take up residence behind the light on the front of our house.  I did not want to move the nest so I let the house finches lay their eggs and have their babies.  It was a fun chance for the kids to(…)

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Lifecycle – Caterpillar to Butterfly

Lifecycle – Caterpillar to Butterfly

Lifecycle – Caterpillar to Butterfly Four Stages in the Lifecycle of Caterpillar to Butterfly: The female lays her egg on a leaf or plant. Newly hatched caterpillars are VERY hungry. They spend most of their time eating just like the caterpillar in The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The only difference is real caterpillars eat(…)

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Homeschool Gardening Unit

Homeschool Gardening Unit

Throughout the years we have used the late spring and early summer to garden in various forms.  We have started seeds inside, researched and read about plants, planned, dug and planted an outdoor garden and more.  A Homeschooling Gardening Unit makes for great family time as well as a fun and engaging science unit. We(…)

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