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Rediscovering the Value of Nature Study

Nature study took a back seat in our homeschool this year.  It wasn’t intentional, and I offer no clever excuse. I just didn’t make the effort to find the time, I guess.  I could tell my nature-observing senses were growing dull, because I’d give a quick glance and an indifferent, “Huh,” whenever the kids presented me… Continue reading Rediscovering the Value of Nature Study

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We’re Still Here…..and We’re Still Happily Occupied!

That’s right.  Even if this blog has been quiet lately, we’ve been keeping ourselves busily occupied as always.  I somehow have just not found the time to let you all know about it!  So I’ll do a little catch up post.  Here goes: We came home from our summer vacation to find half of our garden… Continue reading We’re Still Here…..and We’re Still Happily Occupied!

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Turtles and Salamanders and Frogs!

Our nature study topic for this month at the Outdoor Hour Challenge was reptiles and amphibians, and we hit it big with salamanders!  I’ve got some pictures of frogs and turtles to show you too, but first, let me give you a little show and tell on how to find salamanders. 1.  Trudge through the woods looking… Continue reading Turtles and Salamanders and Frogs!


Spring Is Here, and So Are the Baby Birds

One sure sign of spring is a nest full of bird eggs.  We have one such nest made by house finches tucked in between the crook of the gutter and the wall under an overhang of the house.  Allison discovered the nest when there were 6 eggs in it, and then a few days later she saw… Continue reading Spring Is Here, and So Are the Baby Birds


Spring’s Promise

“Dressing up for Easter Sunday is overrated,” I thought to myself as I sorted through my kids’ closets trying to make sure all their clothes were ready for church in the morning.  I was struggling in general with feeling the pressure and busyness of preparing for Easter celebrations.  How could something so spiritually significant as the… Continue reading Spring’s Promise

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Moss Study and a Quartz Find

We’re following the Outdoor Hour Challenge for our nature study schedule this term, and the suggested topic for the month of March is moss, lichen, and fungi.  Since we’ve already studied lichen and fungi , we decided to focus on moss. It just so happens that we are on the moss chapter in our Exploring Creation with Botany science book… Continue reading Moss Study and a Quartz Find

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How and Why We Do Nature Study

   Dandelion                                                                            Salamander   Buck Moth                                                                       Aster   Honeysuckle                                                                    Sprouting Acorn I don my jacket and shoes, grab the backpack of nature guides and magnifying lens, and trip out the door with five kiddos in tow for a nature walk.  We crunch gravels along the farm lane, then feel the cushion of sod and green growing stuff as… Continue reading How and Why We Do Nature Study