March Nature Note

Book : : The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden

I hope that this March Nature Note finds you well! 

If you are new to Exploring Nature with Children, and are joining us for the first time this month, please jump right in. You can begin ENWC at any point in the year, and there’s no better time to get started than the present!

If you began back in 2019, my hope is that you and your child are enjoying your studies, and learning about the natural world around you.

A quote to carry with you this February:

Modern life is busy. There are so many people and things demanding our time, we have places to be, and never-ending to-do lists.

If we can slow dow a little; ‘Adopt the pace of nature’ on a regular basis, our whole family will benefit. We can make small changes that give big rewards for our physical, spiritual, and mental wellbeing.

Some suggestions:

  • Take a weekly nature walk with no time constraints.
  • Have a weekly rhythm. Each day of the week has its own ‘theme’, which helps to make it easier to keep on top of household chores, grocery shopping, family outings, and so forth.
  • Add seasonal herbs and flowers to your bath tub. Chamomile flowers and thyme leaves would make a soothing, and relaxing bath, for example.
  • Put up a bird feeder near to a kitchen window, and watch the birds come and go as you wash the dishes.
  • Use only candlelight in your home after dark. (Of course, taking suitable safety precautions.)

What one thing can you do this month to ‘Adopt the pace of nature’ in your own home?

For those of you who are using Exploring Nature With Children, the weeks fall as follows:

2nd ~ 8th Week 1: Nesting Birds Week 

9th ~ 15th Week 2: Spring Pond Study Week  

16th ~ 22nd Week 3 Vernal Equinox Week { the equinox falls on the 20th }

23rd ~ 29th Week 4: Garden Snails Week  

There’s a free calendar for the year to download here.

As always, please work the weeks to suit your own circumstances best; these are just my own suggestions!

If you’re over on Instagram, do pop over and say hello! The Instagram page is very much about community; think of it as your virtual home school co op! Our community uses the #exploringnaturewithchildren hashtag, & also specific weekly hashtags to enable you to connect with other families working through ENWC this year

Seasonal notes:

March is finally here, with spring on the horizon.

We have some special days to enjoy this March to get us through the month with joy:

  • 1st St. David’s Day & First Sunday of Lent
  • 17th St. Patrick’s Day
  • 20th Vernal Equinox
  • 22nd Mothering Sunday
  • 29th British Summertime Begins

This would be a good month to put up a nesting box for local birds. The RSPB have some good instructions if you would like to build your own.

Photograph from the RSPB website.

Happy exploring!

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