Candlemas Week : Exploring Nature With Children

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It’s Candlemas Week in Exploring Nature With Children

Candlemas falls on Friday, February 2nd
Here are some links to help with your nature study.

Happy exploring!

Moon Week: Exploring Nature With Children

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Some helpful links for January’s Moon Week in Exploring Nature With Children

Moon Phases Calendar January 2018

Lunar Sketching by Daniel Mounsey PDF

Moon Phases Demonstration ~ video

Do We Need the Moon? BBC documentary

Happy exploring!

 

Winter Sky Week: Exploring Nature With Children

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It’s Winter Sky Week in Exploring Nature With Children.

It’s a lovely week to ease you back into a nature study routine. Here are some links to help with your nature study.

The Snowflake Man ~ A short film about Snowflake Bentley

How Do Snowflakes Form? ~ video

Drawing Fog, Rain, Snow, and Dew ~ video workshop by John Muir Laws

What is Precipitation? ~ video

Calendar of Firsts: Week 50

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My Calendar of Firsts: Week 50

Goodness, this year has flown by!
Lichen, Hawthorne, a Great tit, frost and snow.

Winter Solstice Week: Exploring Nature With Children

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

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Happy exploring!

Winter Bird Week: Exploring Nature With Children

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

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Happy exploring!

Announcing The New Phenology Wheel Guide!

I am so terribly excited to share with you my new Phenology Wheel Guide!

So many of you have been asking questions about our phenology wheels this year, that I decided to put together a short guide to help you along with your own wheel.

A phenology wheel is simply a visual representation of what is happening month by month, in the natural world around you.

The Raising Little Shoots Phenology Guide is a 33 page, photograph heavy guide, to help you step by step, set up your own phenology wheel for the year.

Keeping a phenology wheel is a smashing way for you and your family to connect both with nature and each other. A way for all the family to gather together to spend time nature journaling; it doesn’t take up much time at all, and is perfect for families who have children of different ages and stages. Everyone can work together, but at their own level.

At the end of the year you will have a superb record of the natural world in your own locality. If you were to keep a new wheel each year, imagine the wonder of being able to look back over previous years’ wheels, and all the memories that would stir.

The guide is currently priced at $6, and will increase to $8 on December 31st

Buy Ebook

Sample

Happy exploring!

Our Phenology Wheels: November

Here are our phenology wheels for November. I can’t quite believe that they are almost complete! This has been such a delightful project.

Rose sketched a fallen leaf, I sketched dried Ragwort that is plentiful in the meadow right now. We both chose to represent Stir up Sunday in the liturgical sections of our wheels.

Stir up Sunday is a much-loved day in our year. It’s the day that we make our Christmas cake and pudding.  It falls on the Sunday before Advent, and its name comes from the the collect for the day which begins “Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people”

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Calendar of Firsts: Week 46

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This week’s Calendar of Firsts.
So much COLOUR all around!

Fungus Week: Exploring Nature With Children

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

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Happy exploring!