April 17, 2008

Outdoor Hour: Invertebrates and Nature Journals

The seventh Outdoor Hour Challenge assignment encourages us to begin a personal field guide. What a wonderful idea! Barb even includes a sample information form to use for your field guide cards.

We read about snails in The Handbook of Nature Study and proceeded to the backyard to make some observations. We are also making tentative plans to construct a sunflower house if Rob gives me permission to dig up more of the yard. It was such a beautiful day! We lifted up a patio stone and struck... invertebrates! Woo hoo!

Here's a picture of a centipede that we happened upon.
He wasn't very happy to be disturbed!


There is a pill bug in this dark crevice, although it is difficult to see.

pill bug

The girls put together a collection of rocks, dead leaves, and branches from some bushes on a bed of moss, using a wicker paper plate holder, one of Barb's suggestions from Challenge #6.

nature collection centerpiece

The girls each did a nature journal page. I have to print out some more pages for this; Kathryn used lined paper. Of course, Nathan wants lined paper for his nature journal - to each his own, right?

Ally's Nature Journal Kitty's Nature Journal

We also sighted some spiders, but we didn't get pics. I think we'll move on to spiders next week, then insects. I have some grasshoppers to dissect! :-)

We didn't make field guide cards today, but I think my children will want to do this activity, especially when I show them the sample at the Handbook of Nature Study blog. We seem to finally be settling into a nature study routine. This challenge has been extremely helpful for our family!

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Apr. 17, 2008 - I love this entry

Posted by HarmonyArtMom

This is a great example of nature study, so much learning going on and connections being made.

I look forward to seeing your field guide when you start.

I like lined paper too. :)

Thanks for the link,
Barb-Harmony Art Mom

Apr. 18, 2008 - Untitled Comment

Posted by rcelliott

Ok, I'll bite. What is a sunflower house?

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