|First, Every good nature study begins with a tree to climb!|
|Then you go exploring and see what kind of critters you can find.|
|Then you do some more exploring using your senses: What do I see? What do I hear?||Of course you have to get wet!|
|Then we pretend we are beavers and make a beaver dam and search for fossils and turtles.|
|Then we go home and read about the critters we discovered - like a brown turtle and some shells.|
|Then we draw a picture about something we saw in nature - like a lizard (which we read about today but didn't see at the creek).|
|We do some writing and imagine a story about turtles.|
|Then we build a beaver dam and eat lunch tucked away beneath the "sticks!"|
There you have it, a simple and fun way to experience nature and inspire writing, creativity and imagination. Drew is fascinated with all creatures great and small so these lessons were fun for him - don't you just love his lizard known as: the Basilisk? This beats writing about "What I did over my summer vacation" - I never did like that question!
We also discussed descriptive words - like "The turtle was brown." or " The dam was tall with leaves sticking out." A free resource on nature journals is here at Simply Charolotte Mason.
Drew loves to play Wild Kratts on PBS kids and learn all about God's amazing creatures. I use this program as an incentive for focused attention on school work. For this moment, it works like a charm and he is learning way too many random facts about animals!