Our Nature Journals Week 12

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Spring arrived with torrents of rain, and granite skies, but as the week progressed, the skies lightened to blue, with the kind of puffy grey-bottomed clouds that England is renowned for.

The natural world is bursting right now with spring-time changes; the trees in the lanes are dusted with bright green buds, birds are singing, we hear the sound of insects in the woods. So exciting!

Rose began a page for her Field guide, all about the Oak tree:

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In her journal she sketched a wee Common Newt

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For my Calendar of Firsts, I painted an Ash twig, and a wee toad that Rose had found.

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What is happening in the natural world around you?

Happy exploring!

 

Vernal Equinox Week : Exploring Nature With Children

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

The word ‘equinox’ literally means ‘equal night’. The spring (vernal) and autumnal equinox are the two days in the year when the hours of light and darkness are almost equal.

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Do let me know how you get on.

Happy exploring!

Spring Pond Study Week: Exploring Nature With Children

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

The natural world is waking after its long winter sleep and you will begin to see much activity at your local pond.

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Do let me know how you get on.

Happy exploring!

Calendar of Firsts 13 ~ 19 June 2016

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My Calendar of Firsts for this week:

  • The Foxgloves are flowering.
  • In the garden we spotted a Speckled Wood butterfly
  • Also a Common Hawker dragonfly
  • Last night’s moon was gorgeous! Almost full.

What is happening in the natural world where you live?

Happy exploring!

Calendar of Firsts 6 ~ 12 June 2016

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My Calendar of Firsts for this week:

  • A House Sparrow performing acrobatics at the feeder
  • A pretty brown-lipped snail brought to me by Rose
  • A Kestrel hunting over the meadow
  • My foxgloves are coming along nicely!

What is happening in the natural world where you live?

Happy exploring!

Museum Week 2 ~ Exploring Nature With Children

Last week in Exploring Nature With Children was Museum Week. We had a very special trip planned for Rose: Shark diving!

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It was a super-exciting day for her; one that has been anticipated for a while. I went behind the scenes with her whilst she received her training, then once she was underwater, I joined dad and sister in the underwater tunnel to watch her.

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I have to confess it was so difficult to film in there that I didn’t get much. I shared a short video on my Instagram account (right hand sidebar) But I couldn’t manage to embed in this post!

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Once her dive was over, we did the obligatory gift shop visit.

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Then we spent time looking around the aquarium at the various exhibits.

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We really must read Pagoo again!

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I fell in love with this wee tortoise. He really was tiny! We spent ages watching him; he was right out of My Family and Other Animals, which we are enjoying tremendously.

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We worked on journal entries at home, choosing to sketch something we had seen there & referencing photos to help us.

Rosie’s Rainbow Tetra

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I chose jellyfish, a Tetra, and a beautiful, unidentified fish.

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What are you studying this week?

Happy exploring!