You can't begin A Private Eye Nature study without a loupe. I've done a little looking and it turns out that they are readily available from a variety of source.
Amazon.com offers the widest variety of loupes at the best prices I've seen. You can get a set of 3 plastic loupes 3x, 5x, and 10x for under $3. You can also get a set of 3, including a double, 10x, 10x+20x, and 30x, for just over $6. Even a single 10x metal-cased, glass-lens loupe is $3 (it costs $5.60 at Home Training Tools.) While I have not tried an illuminated loupe, I do have an illuminated hand microscope (pictured above) and it is very handy to observe object in low-light conditions. You can get an illuminated loupe for only $5.
We study nature through a loupe and draw what we see. We compare and contrast, make analogies, and consider why things are structured as they are. This simple process opens the door to scientific investigation, richer writing, and creative art. See The Basic Steps to find out how.
Primarily I am a Catholic homeschooling mom to 3 boys with a Charlotte Mason educational philosophy. I teach for Homeschool Connections and I'm a community college paramedic instructor. I spent 16 years as a physician assistant in a busy emergency department.
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Parents, teach your children to see nature, respect and protect it as a magnificent gift that presents to us the grandeur of the Creator! In speaking in parables, Jesus used the language of nature to explain to his disciples the mysteries of the Kingdom. May the images he uses become familiar to us! Let us remember that the divine reality is hidden in our daily lives like the seed in the soil. May it bear fruit in us!