A Prime Nature Walk

 

Tossed aside all planned lessons today and went for a nature walk. It was a bit drizzly outside, but not enough to deter us from heading outdoors. We went to Haley Farm State Park an old shoreline farm. So glad we did! We saw a ton of interesting things and it was filled with beautiful wildflowers too.

I brought along our book, The Handbook of Nature Study, so we could identify things along the way, like this Cup-shaped puffball mushroom.  Luke who’s 2yrs,  pointed out the next one when I asked him which one matched in the book. I was impressed that he got it!

 

There was tons of Milkweed growing along the path and we took an up- close look at a Milkweed pod as well! Felt the texture and read some facts from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we made our way around we found some great rocks to climb on and take a short break.

 

 

 

 

By the shoreline was very pretty and the boys explored a bit and went right down to the water.

The next thing was spotted by Liam, he found these two cocoons, not sure what type of cocoons they are, but they were neat to see!

Now this last find was so cool! As we were just about to end our trip we spotted this Orange Garden Spider and web! Again, we grabbed the book to find out exactly what we were looking at and read some facts on this spider and it’s cool pattern in the web!

Needless to say, this was a great way to start the day today! We came home and did some art activities with leaves we collected.

 

 

one topic/many subjects and lots of art!

 

 

We kicked this rainy Tuesday off with a math lesson, mostly multiplication facts on MEP, and Chapter Four in LOF, which was also about multiplication and similes! Yes, the Life of Fred math books include more than just math topics! We also covered some Geography today, this week’s state is Arizona. We broke out the map and read the book “Unique Arizona” then colored in Arizona on the U.S. map sheet using the states abbreviation.

 

U.S. History was also covered, reading a few pages on colonial life and what kinds of medicine people used, what went on on Sundays and what a watchman’s job was. “…If you lived in Colonial Times” by Ann McGovern, is the book we’re reading. Nice child friendly book, gives a quick glimpse into the daily lives.

 

 

Another favorite book of mine is “The Big Handbook of  Nature Study” by Anna Botsford Comstock. Today we did a bird study on the White-Breasted Nuthatch.  We have one that we frequently watch in our yard and who comes to our feeder every now and then. As I read all about the bird, I provided a picture of the White-Breasted Nuthatch as a visual study. This came in handy as we read about the coloring as well as the footing it has that enables them look at the world mostly upside down. We then proceeded with a narrative speaking exercise in which he answered and discussed the questions at the end of the chapter as well as things he has observed with the birds in the yard.

 

Within this chapter was a poem about the nuthatch, so I typed it into Word, added lines for copywork.

 

He will copy two sentences each day until complete as part of his grammar and spelling lessons this week.

 

In keeping with the topic of the White-Breasted Nuthatch, we next did an art activity. First studying the picture I asked how many colors does one see in the birds feathers. I then asked him to choose the tubes of paint that best match, and if there wasn’t one, such as the silver blue of the bird, he picked three colors to mix to create this color. He got it right on with the first mix of colors! I then talked about negative space in art. Today I wanted him to use the coloring of the bird and make a negative space collage using feathers.  Using the watercolors, he held down the feather and painted on top of it letting the water do the work! It came out really pretty!

 

 

Meanwhile, my two year old is playing with his trains on the floor since 5:30 this morning! So with him still occupied, we started reading our second book of the year. We just finished a Fiction book (Wonder Struck), now we’re headed into the genre of Animals.  I chose “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame.  We managed to get in about 10 pages, just enough to get started!

 

Good timing, now my two year old is ready to “play a game” as he always says. I had planned on doing shape printing with him today. I had kept a variety of circle objects aside from various objects: caps, tubes, lids etc.  I handed him the tools and he did the rest!

 

 

Once he was finished with this, he still wanted to do more! So we did another circle print using bubble wrap this time!

 

Paint the bubble wrap, press the paper down and lift!