It's been a few years since we've had this much snow, and after all the frustrations of moving it out of the way of our vehicles and getting it off the rooves of our houses, we can then get out and enjoy it.
My boys were convinced that we could not do A Private Eye Nature in the winter because there was nothing to look at. What an opportunity that presents for learning!
It didn't take them long to find all sorts of interesting things out in the winter world. Snowshoes make traveling through the woods possible especially now that a firm crust has formed.
We have not been doing a lot with our loupes recently mostly because of difficulties I've had in my schedule. But prayers have been answered so I hope to be back to it again very soon. Meanwhile we have been having a great time just exploring.
While looking for winter nature books I discovered the fascinating and beautifully written Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival by Bernd Heinrich. I borrowed the audiobook from the library, and though I don't care for the way it's read, I could easily distinguish the beauty in the writing. With the science it contains, this is a great biology title for high school students; yet in small portions this makes a great nature study read aloud for middle schoolers as well. . Heinrich has written several other titles including Summer World: A Season of Bounty as well as The Trees in My Forest. They certainly will inspire you to get out and explore!
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!