These are just a few of the thoughts that fly through my mind when I consider doing Nature Study in Winter.
Nature Journaling in winter is not impossible it requires some foresight and planning.
Some options to consider
- Rug up and go for short walks with your camera, take some photo's then come home and learn about what you found on your walk. Search for anything with colour in your environment and observe it for a while.
- Make a bird feeder to feed the winter birds near your home and hang it near a window so you can watch the birds from the safety of your home.
- Pick an animal a week to study and borrow books from the library and search YouTube for good information.
- Follow the Handbook of Nature Study Website .
- Go to your local green grocer and buy a new fruit each week. Take time to study it in depth with suplemental materials from the library and internet.
- Make use of your zoo membership and visit a Zoo near you and choose an animal to learn about. Take your drawing things with you and draw the animal you have chosen for that week.
- Make animal foot casts
- Explore your own garden and search for some winter colour. I did this a couple of years ago and was surprised at just how much colour there is when I was least expecting it.
- Find something that your family can turn into a tradition. We go to Wild Nights Zoo after Dark in winter.
- Grow a windowsill garden and if the sill is too cold bring it further indoors and put it on a table near the window. Document the process.
- Read beautiful living books by authors such as: Holling Clancy Holling and Sterling North
Else where on the www
- Winter Wednesday - Nature Study Ideas at Squidoo
- Winter Nature Study for Families at Squidoo
- Winter Nature Walks at Squidoo
- From Stepping Outside to the Nature Journal at Serenades and Solace
- Nature in Winter: An overview over at In Season by Donna Long.
- Nature Study Winter over on Pinterest by Barb (Harmony Arts Mom)
- Nature Study in the Winter by Our Journey Westward
- Winter Nature Study Ideas over at The Common Room.
- Winter nature study: Taking your homeschool outdoors over at She Knows Parenting
So whether you are in the throws of planning your year ahead or in the middle of a deep snowy winter take some time and consider your options for Nature Study, create regular opportunities so that you don't miss out.
If Nature Journaling is a new concept to you then pop on over to TT - Nature Journaling for some resources on how to start and what to do.
Remember: Knowledge in one "subject" helps us to understand another. All the information your children are gathering in their nature study lessons, and the habits of observation they are acquiring, will form an excellent foundation for their future education. (CMC Page 259 Karen Andreola)
This post is part of The Schoolhouse Review Crew Blog Cruise: Winter Nature Study. Take some time and pop on over and be encouraged to do Nature Study in Winter.
This post is linking with Carnival of Homeschooling hosted over at Dave Out Loud.