One of the things I love about Nature Study, I say that a lot don't I, is that you don't have to go far from home to do it. When you're 36 weeks pregnant that can be a beautiful thing. And of course when you have The Grid, well you're little ones (and big) can just take it and go!
Mama came out for a few photos and to see what they had found. But this time was really more about them being able to explore and complete whatever activities they felt lead to do.
|Caleb and Caroline collected leaves from the trees in our front yard. This also involved tree hanging and climbing. Not on The Grid, but still a lovely thing to do with a tree!|
Find the tree closet to your house. What is the tree's name?
|Sugar Maple. Not indigenous to Colorado, but planted in many yards and parks. Caleb also chose this tree to explore further on another day.|
Compare the front and backside of a leaf. Record in your nature journal.
|Caroline remembered a notebook page from her clipboard about using your senses to explore a leaf. So she used it to complete this square from The Grid.|
Read a book about trees from the library.
|The Grandpa Tree by Mike Donahue|
This is a lovely book about a conifer that starts from a bird dropping a seed. It goes through each season of the tree's life (life cycle and the change in nature's seasons). But at the same time uses this to show the importance of relationship between human generations (grandparents, parents, youth and children). It is not preachy or shoved down your throat. The author manages to teach all about a tree while at the same time sliding home the truth of how every generation in a family is so important.
We can't wait to see what November's Grid will be. Our fourth is due in November, so I have a feeling The Grid will be quite a big part of our family's nature study that month.
Go check out the Handbook of Nature Study Blog for more Tree Nature Study ideas.
Or see how we enjoy Livin,' Lovin,' and Learnin' with Nature Study in our home!