Winter Nature Study: Twigs

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I’ve been looking forward to this post. I was feeling so overwhelmed last week. I’ve been feeling a definite tension with all the things that needed to be done in preparation for THE MOVE, and at the same time feeling this obligation to plough through homeschool to get a certain amount done, to keep the kids busy and out of grandma and grandpa’s hair, and to get through the material in some of our heavier books so we didn’t have to take them with us.

Then Thursday evening, I had the chance to participate in a Twitter party with some fellow homeschoolers. I won absolutely nothing, but I came away with a better perspective, and a notion that in the midst of all the rush, what we all really needed was to slow down.

So Friday morning, we took homeschool outside for some much-needed fresh air, and a little nature study. We used the Winter Nature Study packet from the Outdoor Hour Challenge and the Winter Tree Finder book I’ve been wanting to use for a while and collected samples of twigs for a closer study.¬†We always love nature study, and this was a particularly interesting one.

I’ll give you a little taste of what we discovered on our twigs:

The study packet has drawings similar to the one above with wonderful notebook pages built in so your nature study-ers can record their observations in drawings and words.

Examining the Pith
Examining the World

We didn’t rush. We didn’t scramble. We didn’t even do math that day (gasp!) But we had fun, we learned, and we did it together.

- Carey Clark



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