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!

Our Nature Journals Week 10

 

Lots of rain and sunshine this week, some days we have been soaked, some days, basking in the late winter sunshine.
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The frogspawn is in abundance, much to Rosie’s delight. She is hoping that she will soon find the endless strings of toadspawn.
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We have also seen many birds carrying nest building materials. In the garden we hang little tufts of sheep’s fleece, and the Goldfinches, Great Tits, and a wee Robin have been putting it to good use.
Our week has been unusual this week, in that we have not spent as much time on formal lessons as we usually do; we have been out on trips, plus we had the first meeting of a wee nature group I am running for Rose and two of her friends.
Not much time spent journaling, but Rose sketched a Hydrangea leaf:
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My Calendar of Firsts:
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How are your journals coming along this week?

 

Nesting Birds: Exploring Nature With Children

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

This week’s walk is all about looking out for, and observing nesting birds.

nesting-birds-weekHere are some helpful links to get you going:

Do let me know how you get on.

Happy exploring!

 

 

Here is a duty that lies upon us all…

A duty.jpg“Here is a duty that lies upon us all; for we all enter on the inheritance of the heavens and the earth, the flowers of the field and the birds of the air. These are things to which we have right, no one can take them from us; but, until we get as much as a nodding and naming acquaintance with the things of Nature, they are a cause rather of irritation and depression than of joy”

Charlotte Mason Vol. 4, Ourselves. Book 2, Ch 15 p. 97

Our Nature Journals Week 9

We have experienced so much variety of weather this week! Shrove Tuesday was freezing cold, with heavy rains, sleet, and eventually snow.  Although this week has been very chilly, some sun has punctuated the otherwise grey skies.

The snowdrops are still blooming, both in the woods and in my garden, and frogspawn is beginning to appear.

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Rose did a handsome sketch of the Magnolia buds on our tree.

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Her typewriter is currently in favour for all narrations.

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I sketched a Daffodil (March is here!) and one of the wee Wrens that visits our feeders.

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Happy March!

Dear March, come in! by Emily Dickinson

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Dear March, come in! by Emily Dickinson

Dear March, come in!
How glad I am!
I looked for you before.
Put down your hat—
You must have walked—
How out of breath you are!
Dear March, how are you?
And the rest?
Did you leave Nature well?
Oh, March, come right upstairs with me,
I have so much to tell!

I got your letter, and the bird’s;
The maples never knew
That you were coming,—I declare,
How red their faces grew!
But, March, forgive me—
And all those hills
You left for me to hue;
There was no purple suitable,
You took it all with you.

Who knocks? That April!
Lock the door!
I will not be pursued!
He stayed away a year, to call
When I am occupied.
But trifles look so trivial
As soon as you have come,
That blame is just as dear as praise
And praise as mere as blame.