Thursday, January 28, 2010
I've always wanted to do more nature study in our homeschool, so this year I've decided to be more deliberate with it. I love this blog written by another nature lover and home school mom and I came across a book titled, Discovering Nature in Winter. It's filled with explanations as well as activities. And then I realized the author of the blog had a side link to this book. Perfect.
Last week did a Winter Color Walk in our backyard. There isn't much color here in winter, but this is what we found. It was nice to see the little bit of pink on the ground cover, but otherwise various shades of greens and browns was mostly what we found. The day we went out was during the recent thaw which gave reminders of spring, but we've got a long way to go before then. The next snow day I hope to do some snow experiments and see if we can make some prints of real snowflakes.
Monday, January 11, 2010
These are some other books I bought at the fall book sale in October--ALL for only $1.00!! I arrived at the sale late and didn't expect to find anything good, but I was pleasantly surprised. I found some great history books, some science books, and some poetry books, of which I don't have a lot. BigJ loves anything associated with the moon, so I was glad to find the Apollo 11 book.
My happiest find was this Crinkleroot book by Jim Arnosky. I love his illustrations and he has great nature study books for kids.
Now I need to put together a better system of organizing our personal library so I don't forget I have these books within arms reach. Then I can make fewer trips to the public library!
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Check out my squirrel catcher under the feeder? It's a simple and effective way to keep the squirrels from the bird seed. It's an empty popcorn tin- the kind they always have out at Christmas time. I painted it a glossy green to match my pole and mounted it underneath. The squirrel climbs the post and finds himself inside the can with no where to go but back down. It's worked every time and my bird seed is now strictly for the birds.