Plant Life-Cycle Week: Exploring Nature With Children

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This week in Exploring Nature With Children is ‘Plant Life-Cycle Week’.

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Do let me know how you get on.

Happy exploring!

Our Nature Journals Week 14

As always, a mixed bag weather-wise. Rose was padding in the pond at the beginning of the week, (I know, it’s only just turned April, but she’s a pretty hardy child!) and by the end, we were all wrapped up again in our woollens!

Here are my wee nature group: We didn’t do any journaling this week, I just let them play and explore. The weather was so fine, we stayed out much longer than usual. We then retuned home for lunch and journaling, but the girls became interested in a snail they found in the garden, and I decided to leave them to more exploration.


The rest of the week has not been conducive to study. Rose has been poorly with a virus, and sadly her beloved guinea pig, Nibbler passed away. Here they are together in happier times.


Here is my journal for the week. The Dog Violets are beginning to bloom along my garden path, which is always such a joy! I also cheated a little, and sketched the wee blackbird we spotted last week.


What is happening in the natural world where you live?

Spring Tree Study Week: Exploring Nature With Children

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

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Do let me know how you get on.

Happy exploring!

By Degrees . . .


“By degrees the children will learn discriminatingly every feature of the landscapes with which they are familiar, and think what a delightful possension for old age and middle life is a series of pictures imaged, feature by feature, in the sunny glow of the child’s mind!”

Charlotte Mason ~ Home Education Part II Out-Of-Door-Life For The Children II Sight Seeing


Our Nature Journals Week 13


Our week began on Mothering Sunday, with bright blue skies and glorious sunshine, but gradually became wetter as the week wore on. We managed some lovely morning walks still; everything is growing and changing!

We had some excitement in the garden this week; A partial albino Blackbird! Isn’t he a handsome wee fellow!


This week Rosie sketched the Ash tree buds that were bursting into flower for her field guide.


We also worked on our phenology wheels for March.



I sketched a Bumble Bee, Dandelion, and Lesser Celandine.


What is happening in the natural world where you live?

March Phenology Wheels

Back in January, we began to keep phenology wheels to record not only the changes in the natural world, but also the festivals of the liturgical year that we celebrate.

Here are our entries for March, which Rose worked on whilst I read from the March chapter of Roald Dhal My Year, which we are thoroughly enjoying.

Rose decided to record a frog, as we have had both frogs and toads in abundance, along with symbols for Ash Wednesday and Mothering Sunday.


I recorded the Vernal equinox, Pussy Willow, and tadpoles, along with symbols for Ash Wednesday.


Our Phenology Wheel posts for the year: