I decided this year we would work straight through the book instead of jumping around like we did last year. The first activity in the book (pages 12-13) is to take a nature walk and jot down everything you see. After taking our walk today, I understand why this is first. It really helped my kids to begin to notice what is around them, from the small things to the large things. To ask questions about what they see. To put stars by things that we want to find out more information about when we get home.
Here are some pictures of what we saw.
Magpie spotted this red wasp was in the process of killing some kind of insect larvae when we walked up to the park. Monkey scared it away because he tried to TOUCH IT! After I grabbed him and moved him away, we sat down on a nearby bench hoping it would come back. Unfortunately we discovered that the red wasp nest was actually inside the metal pipes on the bench, so we quickly moved out of their territory!
We found cicada holes all over the ground and Magpie again spotted this one who had left his exoskeleton in the hole as he crawled out after years underground.
Monkey spotted some magnolia tree seed pods that had dropped to the ground. The girls thought they were so pretty. I can’t wait until they see the flowers next spring!
Magpie, my nature walker extraordinaire, spotted some lichen on the ground growing on part of an old tree stump.
Nature study #1 is in the books!
Helping my children develop a love and curiosity of God’s creation in the tree house,