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  1. I want to put together a backpack of nature study supplies for my little guys (entering K, 2, and 4). I’ve never actually gotten around to using the HNS that I bought years ago, but I’m going to give it a shot again. This is what I am intending to put in our backpack so far. Anything else you would add? Nature journals Colored pencils and maybe a sharpener Scotch tape (for taping things in the journals) Field guides Binoculars Bug keepers Tweezers Scissors or a small pocketknife (obviously not for the littles to use) Ziplock bags Small pack of wipes Maybe a small net Magn
  2. I'm thinking of doing some nature journaling this summer. We have never really integrated this into our homeschool, and I think the reason may be that we live up north, and most of the traditional schoolyear is pretty chilly. I was inspired to actually get into this recently when reading Charlotte Mason (Home Education, pp 46-55), and I realized that we just need to do this in the summer. I decided to try it first myself, and see if the kids get interested by watching me do it. So I'm looking for suggestions, tips, and tricks from any of you who have done it. I'm thinking of a very simple
  3. I'm planning to start a nature study with our 9 year old and several others. We're going to do a series of weekly unit studies, and had already planned to use Anna Comstock's Handbook of Nature Studies. I was looking at Pinterest for activities, and stumbled across Handbookofnaturestudies.com, "home of the one-hour nature study." It appears to be short units with worksheets, videos, and other resources correlated to Comstock's handbook. Has anyone used this and would be willing to give feedback? Any other recommended resources would be welcome as well.
  4. I've had the book sitting on my shelf for a few years. I've dipped into it on occasion, but I want to make better use of it. I think I get a bit overwhelmed by its size. I've looked at the Outdoor Hour Challenge website, but that overwhelms me too. If you use it, please do tell me about it!
  5. I have the following resources on my shelf: The Handbook of Nature Study, Drawing with Children, and How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare. I know I would like to incorporate them next year into our studies to add some beauty to our days but I'm drawing a blank on how best to use them. I keep circling around, brainstorming different ideas, and searching the internet but I would love to hear how YOU are using any or all of them in your homeschool. What is really working for you or what did you try and found to be a flop? Help me brainstorm how to get the most out of these rich resources.
  6. Happened upon this series of short (under 10 minute each), gorgeous and informative nature study videos on YouTube. There are at least 25 of them on varied topics. Search Yosemite Nature Notes Channel on YouTube search feature. They also feature botanists, ecologists, park rangers, etc. and so are excellent for kids considering those careers. This is the first one. The monarch/milkweed one is gorgeously shot.
  7. I am so frustrated with science!! I rather spontaneously bought RS4K elementary set last spring because my 2nd and 4th graders really love science. And they love RS4K but I can't stand how involved the labs are. Granted, my kids love it. They even have lab notebooks to record their findings (composition books, one for each -- because I wasn't going to buy multiple student manuals). Q#1: How much retention do you think an elementary student would get from just reading through the RS4K text? My philosophy with my older kids was to keep elementary science focused on nature studies, natu
  8. "Secrets of the Woods" by William J. Long is scheduled for our Ambleside Year 3 (term 2) reading, and I was wondering if any of y'all have read it? Esp. if so, would you suggest keeping or subbing it? And regardless of whether you're familiar with that resource, do you have any living book suggestions for a 1/2 year study/reading about the woods? We'll be adding One Small square: Woods by Silver and maybe some Private Eye work and lots of time in woods.
  9. My 4yo DS (turning 5 in November) will be attending a Montessori preschool 5 half-days a week in the fall. I'm planning to let the school handle reading and math progression (except playing RS Math Card Games and doing some AAS), but I'd like to afterschool history, art/music, and science. I pretty much have a good idea of what I want to do with history (SotW) and art (Drawing with Children), but I'm having trouble with planning something for science. I very much like the idea of following WTM's science progression and studying biology, anatomy, and botany this year, but it feels like the
  10. I want something simple and very Charlotte Mason next year for my 1st and 4th grade kids for Science. I was wondering if anyone has used the Christian Liberty Press Nature Readers as a jumping off point for Science? If so, what did you do? Are there lesson plans somewhere? Did you visit places? Read additional books? Write reports? Watch videos? Do science activities? Make display boards? I would love some ideas!
  11. We are about to begin a nature study of clouds. I found a printable version of http://www.nature-watch.com/weather-window-cloud-identification-and-weather-prediction-activity-kit-p-44.html?cPath=142_143 (Cloud Inspector) I have a few good spine books and vintage books on clouds but I'd love to find a few good picture books on clouds- good illustrations/pictures are a must. Any suggestions for good craft and science activities would be great too! Oh- poetry on clouds too... I have two good ones but wouldn't mind a few more.
  12. I've tried and tried to like Handbook of Nature Study but it just ain't happening! Is there anything else we could use?
  13. ETA: I've totally revamped this schedule. :D I was able to fit our academic schedule into Mon-Thurs. (And I have to say, it's still not over done or stressful looking!! YAY!!) Friday is our artsy, nature day. This is the schedule my kids have been asking for. I'm so excited! Not included are the following: Personal nature collection boxes (they'll add to it as they find what they like) http://www.theprivateeyestore.com/servlet/the-17/do-it-yourself-collection/Detail This nature frame (adding to it freely) http://www.magiccabin.com/nature%2dcollage%2dart%2dframe_p2166.html And, I'm
  14. What do you recommend for a teen that still wants to do nature study with her younger siblings? Can I give credit for this some way? Include it in her Biology grade? She'll do it whether I can credit it or not, but wondered if there were any other teens that still did nature study out there.
  15. We've done the basics, like lots of walks in the woods, taking time to explore whatever catches the kids' fancy, coloring on paper over tree bark or leaves to get the outline of the item, etc. I've never really followed a nature study curriculum or book, however. My girls will be pre-k, 2nd, and 4th grade next year and I'd like to do some more nature study with them. But most of the books look a little intimidating. Are there any books/guides that you've found to be really easy to implement and actually stick with?
  16. First, let me assure you that I am not a serial killer, nor do I wish to train up a pack of wee serial killers, however... Do any of you nature studiers have any good resources for preserving the skeletons of small animals? In the past week (a) a windstorm has blown the skull and spine (and fur and teeth) of a pocket gopher onto our driveway--I think it was killed by a hawk and eaten on the roof of the house next door, and (b) turning the compost revealed the skin and skeleton (and tiny ribs!) of a dead lizard. I kinda love nature stuff, and gross stuff (see above for solemn assurances
  17. These studies were mentioned in a recent thread by a couple of people. They look great from samples! Nature study with lots of handholding.;) I would love to hear some feedback from other people who have used them. Which one(s) did you use? Favorites? Likes/dislikes?:bigear:
  18. I'd love to find out who else in the Classical Education world does Nature Study as a part of their schooling! We went on our first nature hike of the year today and it was so nice just to get outdoors again! If you do Nature Study, what (if any) are your resources? I like the Handbook of Nature Study blog, but was wondering if there are any others like out there in cyberland. Happy Hiking!
  19. Oh, Nature Study, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 1. When one of the girls picks up a "thing" from the ground and asks, "Mommy, what is this?" and I have NO CLUE, we take the "thing" home and find out what it is. We have discovered that we LIKE knowing what to call those "things." ;) 2. We have learned about gall insects, all because we picked up a "thing" off the ground and had to know what it was... turns out, it was a little house for an insect larva. 3. We have identified the seed pod of the sweet gum tree. Now we know what that prickly thing is. 4. We now kno
  20. I used to teach and lead a nature study group years ago, and will be starting this up again with littles (5 to 6 yrs old) and their mamas this summer. I would love some suggestions for websites or blogs for inspiration and ideas for CM based nature study, just to get my creative planning juices going. TIA
  21. Our new house has bees in the yard and I've already gotten some great advice in the general forum on how to deal with them, but I thought I'd add some bee study to our science this year. Any cool freebies, sites, to help us learn more about them? I'm probably looking for middle school level, nothing too childish, no lapbooks, not too detailed, but more than a blurb in an encyclopedia.
  22. Royal Fireworks Press (MCT's publisher) has just released the first book in a series for nature studies. You can view more information about it and sample pages on the website. Please also don't forget about the wonderful work of our own Barb (Harmony Art Mom). Her Outdoor Hour and Handbook of Nature Study blog are inspiring.
  23. What have you bought or creatively implemented? Many, many programs encourage the journaling. What do you do?
  24. I had this on my bookmarks but can't find it. Anyone know what I am talking about? It used the Nature Study Handbook but with a twist... Brooks style. Danielle
  25. :lol: So, we're trying really hard to do a nature study this year. I really want it in depth and fun- enjoyable. However, my youngest son, soon to be 11 yrs old, wants nothing to do with drawing or writing. I know there has been discussion of picture taking instead on here, but is there any other options? I don't mind if he does nature study via photography, but I'm wanting something else at least to add a little variation. Thank you so much!
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