Many homeschoolers are familiar with Anna Comstock's classic Handbook of Nature Study (in fact, the copy I'm using is the same my mother used to teach me and my siblings!) but because it's such a large, comprehensive book, it can be a little overwhelming to use. Enter the Handbook of Nature Study blog and the monthly Outdoor Hour Challenges! When you sign up for her newsletter, you'll get 4 "challenges" a month, along with page references for HNS, extra printables, and ideas to implement your nature study. Super awesome helpful!
We've done a few of the Outdoor Hour Challenges through September and October, but this is the first one I've managed to blog about. I'm adding a link to the Outdoor Hour Challenge carnival as well so you can check out how other homeschoolers have used this great resource.
On this day we were using the Tree Study Grid on our walk to the park. (You can see a picture or the Tree Study Grid here. It has a bunch of different fun things to do when you're out on your nature walks that all have to do with trees. You can get your own by signing up for the newsletter.)
|One of the activities was to find a tree with needles. Here Judah (age 4 1/2) is making a sketch in his nature notebook.|
|Most of the trees around here are already pretty bare.|
|"Measure the distance around three trees." Check!|
|Judah sketching. We were supposed to compare the front & back of a leaf.|
|Benjamin doesn't sketch - he gets to swing.|
|The kids were also supposed to take pictures of the different parts of a tree. Here's some roots!|
|Trunk & Branches|
|Grace & Lucy|
|A few of the remaining trees with leaves|
|When we got home, a jump in the leaf pile was in order!|
|Miss C in the leaves|
This was a fun Outdoor Hour Challenge - there were some other things on the grid as well that I didn't get pictures of, like reading a library book on trees, learning about a tree close to your house, and observing birds in trees. The grid is easy to bring with you on walks and check off throughout the week!
|Linking to the Outdoor Hour Challenge.|