Candlemas : Exploring Nature With Children

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This week in Exploring Nature With Children is ‘Candlemas Week’.

Candlemas takes its name from the blessing of candles for use in church throughout the coming year, and marks the presentation of the Holy Child in the Temple, where Simeon held Jesus and called him a ‘Light to the World’. In pre-Christian times February 1st was an important festival to celebrate the returning light.

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Do let me know how you get on.

Happy exploring!

Our Nature Journals Week 4

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Icy cold, with either chilly days or freezing rain, sums up our weather this week.

We have so many birds at the feeders; Coal tits, Great tits, Blue tits, Sparrows, Robins, pigeons, and of course Blackbirds by the heap, and I chose a handsome fellow to sketch in my Calendar of Firsts this week.

Rose sketched a twig from the budding Magnolia tree, I sketched a branch from one of our Raspberry canes.

The Snowdrops are coming along nicely…spring is on the way!

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A wee reminder that if you are using Exploring Nature With Children, then next week is Week four ‘Candlemas’. Are you ready?

Our Phenology Wheels

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A few years ago, we kept phenology wheels that combined the natural world with the liturgical seasons and festivals. Rose and I have decided to each keep one again for this year.
The larger section for each month is where we will record the natural world, the smaller section is for the festivals; January’s being Epiphany. (We both chose Epiphany to record.)
There really are so many different ways to keep a nature journal!

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Winter Pond Study : Exploring Nature With Children

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This week in Exploring Nature With Children is ‘Winter Pond Study Week’.

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Do let me know how you get on.

Happy exploring!

Our Nature Journals Week 3

It has been so chilly here this week. Brrr! (Though my readers from places covered in snow will laugh at my definition of chilly!)

Rose had a couple of caterpillars that she put in an insect case in late autumn, they have both now hatched; here is one of them that she sketched in her nature journal.

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Everything here feels rather dreary; mud, mud, and more mud. We have had some glorious colours in the sky, however, which brighten things up no end.

I sketched this week a wee twig from one of our Magnolia trees, and a tiny snowdrop.

The snowdrops are peeping though the ground, and a couple have begun to flower. Candlemas Bells, as they are known always give me such joy. A true sign that spring is on its way.

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A wee reminder that if you are using Exploring Nature With Children, then next week is Week three ‘Winter Pond Study’. Are you ready?

Happy exploring!

How Much Does He Care?

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“The question is not, “how much does the youth know?” when he has finished his education, but “how much does he care?” and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?” 

Charlotte Mason

School Education: Developing a Curriculum