Time for a #throwbackthursday to last summer, with this sweet picture by @tess_douglass of her family with their subscription trail packet to Graham Oaks Nature Park. ⠀
We start sending out monthly packets to subscribers in February. So much to look forward to! Including summer. 😍 Watch our feed for more details about the first trail packet...coming next week.
Well, here is my first attempt at a nature journal entry. Not in the book of course because that would be risky 😂 Now it will bother me that it’s going to be taped in forever. I only had about 10 or 15 minutes as I was avoiding putting the kids to bed so I had to be fast and I think maybe that’s key for me so I just tried and wasn’t paralyzed by time and thought. #intp right? 🤣@happyoldhouseacademy
I’m pretty sure this is Witch’s Butter and I found it when we went for a family walk over the holidays. I was trying to just use the super old crumbly watercolours I have, but I think I might treat myself, because these cheap old paints have no vibrant colours. This was as bright as I could make that Witch’s butter and in real life it is really very bright! I’m no artist. So glad that’s not the point. This was pretty fun. #naturejournal#exploringnaturewithchildren#charlottemasonhomeschool
I love this calendar! It is such a fun visual for the year. There’s a 3 foot panel for each season. This goes well with our #kidsmoonclub studies and #exploringnaturewithchildren curriculum. It’s called the EcoLogical Calendar. I bought it for like $8 on #amazonprime
I love this gentle reminder that spring is on the way; the first delicate Snowdrops peeping through the ground in the garden. The crescent moon was a beauty. A thin, icy sliver in a bright blue sky.
What have you sketched this week?
Spring will be here soon...and so will the first family trail packet for SNA subscribers! Those who sign up for a SNA subscription receive a new family trail and activity packet in their mail every month beginning in February. This is a great gift for any of our followers in the Portland area. All the trails that get SNA love are 30 miles or less from downtown PDX. ⠀
We are about to announce more details about the first trail packet of the year. Follow the hashtag #snasubscriptions to stay informed. 🌿
Today we made some constellations using polymer clay and toothpicks. This was such an easy activity! We’ve done marshmallows before but I’m loving the clay more because you can mold it around the toothpicks easily. #myfathersworldcurriculum
Winter Tree Study Week on the Exploring Nature with Children curriculum we follow. We read a poem about trees, watched a documentary 'Let it Snow - The Secrets of Nature' and went on a weekly nature walk with friends. Lydie wove wool on a stick to place her interesting nature collections (leaves and feathers) and we explored the woodland for different sticks and twigs. We then had a play and fed the ducks . 🦆🌲🍃
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🌳🌲Exploring Winter Trees🌲🌳 In our #exploringnaturewithchildren curriculum we have to look at trees all through the year, and compare how they change each season. We have chosen a glorious oak tree in our local park. What I love about revisiting this subject several times a year, is how in depth our learning gets each time. We started with the most basic information when we first started with this curriculum and now we can delve in deeper and broaden their knowledge and understanding about nature. They have planted their own little seed of interest, and now they have starting to bloom their own love for the nature around us. #homeeducation#exploringnaturewithchildren#enwc#exploringnature#getoutside#naturetable#books#wintertree
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Winter Tree Study 🌳
It is very cold in Bristol today, but gloriously sunny with a beautiful blue sky, so this afternoon we wrapped up warm and went to visit our ‘climbing tree’. This magnificent oak tree has been a favourite of ours since we discovered it when Bean was about 2, and over the years she has been able to get herself higher into its branches. It’s unusual in that it has many branches protruding from the base of its trunk, enabling climbing opportunities for all ages.
After climbing, the children settled onto the picnic blanket to capture their winter oak in watercolour. I love how different their paintings are. Their own unique representations of their beloved tree. We will be displaying these paintings at home, alongside their summer and autumn paintings of the same tree.
We looked closely at the branches, and talked about how to identify an oak tree by its unique bud formations. The children were surprised to discover that the tree had a few lonely autumn leaves still clinging onto its top branches. We can’t wait to come back in the Spring and see the transformation.
Do you have a favourite tree that you like to visit? I grew up in a rural part of West Wales, and had a tree at the end of our track (and across the field and stream) that I liked to retreat to when I needed some time to myself.
I always felt much better after hanging out in my tree 😊
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I attempted a “galaxy playdough” which was more like “deep forest where a jar of glitter fell out of someone’s pocket.” No matter, Pinterest fail— we are still having a feast this morning with moon waffles. Last night T saw their first moon through binoculars, and spied Orion’s shining belt all by themselves. My heart was happy, holding my stargazing kiddo in the cold, enveloping dark. #exploringnaturewithchildren#homeschoolmom#homeschool#playschool
Winter tree craft. We have a little cherry tree in the garden which is perfect for the #exploringnaturewithchildren tree study. It’s a similar height to Ralph so easy for him to see all the changes that happen over the year. When we looked at our tree this week we expected to just see empty branches, but instead we can already see little buds forming.
We made a model of our winter tree by painting a kitchen roll tube and cutting some branches from one end. Ralph suggested we added some seeds to the branches to look like the buds. I love that he thought about what he’d observed on the tree, and came up with a sensible way to craft them. There is so much to learn by observing the world around us! Ralph is naturally curious about everything outdoors and his developing concentration is never better than when we are talking about what we can see out and about. Hopefully fostering this interest now will mean he grows to be an environmentally conscious adult too.
We sprinkled some desiccated coconut over the tree to give it a wintery feel and tie in with #the12weeksofwinter#tree#nature#naturecrafts#exploringnature#homeed#homeeducation#learningisfun#teachermummy#earlylearning#childrenscrafts
Acorns, mushrooms, chestnuts, pinecones, moss...we have fallen in love with the forest and all the goodies to be found there.
And this wonderful watercolor instruction book has been the perfect step-by-step guide to painting some of the beauty we’ve been discovering.
I’m adding a peek inside of it to our stories for those who are interested. You can also find it by using the link to our Amazon Shop in my profile.
Mushroom card and stickers from @thefloralfoxart
We’ve been learning all about stars and planets this week. I taught Emma the planetary mnemonic, My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos, to help remember the order of planets from the Sun. Anyone else still say nine pizzas? 🙋🏻♀️ #myfathersworldcurriculum#natureanatomychalkart
Have I told you how much we love polymer clay? Cause we do! We used white polymer clay, an ornament shaped cookie cutter, and some clipped greenery and pine cones to decorate these adorable ornaments. The girls placed the different greenery and pine cones on the ornaments and pressed them down to create the imprints. They’re going in the oven now to bake!
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Sharing an idea we got from @littlepinelearners for making simple cardboard looms.
We used them to weave our little autumn treasures found on a nature walk through the neighborhood and our backyard.
The looms are made out of cardboard wrapped with rubber bands. We experimented with cutting different sizes and found we liked the longer and more narrow piece of cardboard best. Also it worked better when our rubber bands were not too tight.
An easy and fun way to display the beauty of fall.
ROAD SCHOOLING FUN🎓😁!!
Our baby girl is growing up so fast and is super excited to be starting her schooling this year. We’ve been using the @readingeggs app which has been a great preparation tool. It’s for kids aged 2 – 13 and features fun games, awesome EGGxercises and even eBooks 🙌! It covers all the EGGsential early learning literacy skills like phonics and sight words. Marli has no idea it’s EGGducational, she just thinks she’s playing games :-) #winning! …So when she’s not outside learning in natures classroom 🌱🌼🐞🍄, this is EGGxactly 🥚🐣 the type of screen time we are happy for her to have. Want to give it a try yourself? We have an EGGcellent 4 week free trial for you - see the link in our bio - it’s a cracker, we're not yolking 😁👍😂!!! #sponsored#readingeggs#learntoread#backtoschool
My October Phenology Wheel!
I added a wee pumpkin in the inner wheel for special days, and an autumn leaf for my nature observations.
If you'd like to find out more about keeping your own Phenology Wheel, I've written a guide that covers everything that you need to know to get started. There's a direct link from my profile.
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