September 3, 2019 at 7:43 pm #1998adminToday in Nature Study, we had so much fun!
We started with copywork and will be working this block on writing Psalms 8:3-4. The students each took a few minutes to write or reflect on the verse through pictures.
After prayer, we started by talking about “what is nature study?” The students had some really great answers, and we all agreed that creation beautifully reflects the Creator. I am so excited to see how God reveals himself through nature to each of us throughout the year, and also watch how each student grows through curiosity, wonder, and imagination as we explore all God has created!Next, I read Genesis 1:14-18 aloud and asked the students to identify the great lights that God created. Then we dug deeper and explored all that the students know about the moon. They knew quite a lot! I was very impressed!!We watched a SciShow video about “Why does the moon change?” (https://m.youtube.com/watch?
v=yXe0yxzYkjo) and learned all about the different phases of the moon. Then, we read “Hello, Harvest Moon” by Ralph Fletcher and learned all about how bright the Harvest Moon is and all the fun changes it ushers in.Then the real fun began! The kids really enjoyed our moon phases activity where they each got to recreate the changes of the moon using OREOS!! They did a great job and seemed to enjoy snacking on the extra pieces too. 🙂 While they finished up that activity, we also read “Possum’s Harvest Moon” by Anne Hunter.This week’s homework is to take a Harvest Moon nature walk. I told that students that they may go on a nature walk to see the Harvest Moon with a parent or since the Harvest Moon peaks at 12:33 am and most children are in bed by then, they could ask a parent to take a picture of it and then spend time the next day discussing what they see. I would like for them to write about what they observe or illustrate it if they prefer in their nature journal. I also passed out copies of “The Harvest Moon” a painting by George Mason. I would like them each to glue their copy into their nature journal and describe what it shows and how it makes them feel.Also for next week, I asked them each to bring in some (nature) items either from your yard or things you find on your nature walk for a project we will be working on.Hope you all have a fun week enjoying God’s creation together with your students and I can’t wait to hear all about their Harvest Moon experiences next week!
Megan MorganSeptember 17, 2019 at 5:36 am #2038admin
Hello Nature Study Families!
Class today was MESSY in the best way possible! 🤪
We started by continuing to reflect on Psalm 8:3-4. I added some pictures this week to help the students connect the words we have been reading to the message behind it. They seemed to really enjoy that addition!
Then I checked in with each of the students about the Harvest Moon. Several students were able to see it and happy to share with us about what they saw. We even had one student who went for a Harvest moonlight swim!
After that we talked about our senses and different ways that we can experience God’s creation through our senses. We took turns sharing some of the things that we were able to see, hear, touch, smell and taste during our Nature walks last week and even shared some of our favorite sights, scents and tasty treats that can be found in nature. I passed out some fun treasures that our family found while on a nature hike in Prescott and gave the students each turn to explore their item closer, through the lens of a magnifying glass. 🔎 While the students took turns with that, I read “The Listening Walk” by Paul Showers.
We also took a look at “Blackberry Picking” by James Clarke Hook. We talked about all tasty berries that you could find on a nature walk in other parts of the country, and then discussed what treats can be found while nature walking in Arizona – citrus! I passed out orange slices for each of the students to enjoy. Some loved the oranges and were begging for more, while others students felt they were too sour for their personal taste.
Finally, we got to have some messy fun and use the items each student collected from their yard or their nature walk this past week, along with some things I brought to share, to make a “texture collage.” I really enjoyed seeing all the students’ creativity and the items that they were able to find! It was quite a fun experience and we are especially thankful for the Cannoles sisters who worked hard to clean up our big mess at the end of the day!!!
The homework for this week is to take a senses walk and have your student journal what they experience using their 5 senses. Also, if they weren’t able to during class, they may finish their texture collage or simply add any fun things you may find on your walk this week. Praying for each of your students this week, may you enjoy exploring God’s beautiful creation together!
Megan MorganSeptember 24, 2019 at 4:39 am #2059admin
Hello sweet parents!
We had another great day today! We started with our Bible verse and are dividing it into halves for this week and next, as we continue to try and memorize this passage.
This week in Nature Study we talked about the Autumnal Equinox. It’s just so happens that it is today! 🙂 I explained to the students that this is the day that marks the ushering in of autumn or fall.
We read “We’re Going on a Nature Hunt” by Steve Metzger and allowed each of the students to share what they explored with their senses on their nature walk this past week. I loved hearing all the things they were able to see, hear, smell, touch, and even a few students brave enough to taste (grass and a rock 😝). So excited about all they are learning!
Then, we read “The Sunshine Makes the Seasons” by Franklyn M. Branley. We learned all about the earth’s axis and how the way the earth is tilted creates the different seasons we experience. Then we talked about how the days are longer in Summer and how The Autumnal Equinox is a day when the daylight hours and nighttime hours are equal.
We took time for each of the students to create their own fall tree, using tissue paper. We had some pretty incredible trees and I really enjoyed seeing all the different techniques the students came up with. Some students were not able to finish their trees, so I sent them home with extra tissue paper so they can finish later.
Their homework for this week, is to paste/glue their copy of “Haystacks” by Claude Monet into their Nature Journal. I also asked them to reflect in their journal on their favorite things about fall.
Please help them record the sunrise/sunset times for this week.
Have them practice telling someone why the seasons change in Autumn or if they prefer, they can write a short report in their nature journal, explaining why.
This week you also get to go on a nature walk and look for any signs of fall that you can recognize (changing leaves, spider webs, migrating birds, the changing sounds of the wind in the trees, something wet, something soft, or mini-beasts aka bugs).
Hope you have a wonderful week and lots of fun exploring nature with your students!
Megan MorganOctober 1, 2019 at 5:12 am #2065admin
Hello Nature Study Families,
Today we learned about seeds!
We started our class by reviewing our bible verse, yet again. This week we were on the second half of Psalm 8:3,4.
Then we dove right in talking about how fall ushers in a fun time for plants and trees called dispersal. We read “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle, which provided an excellent portrayal of the process seeds take to become the plants and trees we eventually see blowing in the breeze.
Next, we viewed “Squirrels in a Tree” by Archibald Thornburn and took some time to talk about the ways that squirrels and birds collect and store their food and sometimes even help plant seeds. We created an acrostic poem together, using the word Seeds. It’s was super fun for me to see their creativity and watch them work together on this! Here is our final result: (each student should also have it written in their nature journal)
Finally, each student got to create their own “greenhouse” using a sandwich bag, a wet paper towel, and some pinto beans. We ran out of time to decorate them, so I instructed them to do that part at home. It needs to be taped in a window at home, one that doesn’t receive direct sunlight but still enough sun to nurture the seeds and help them grow. 🙂
Homework for this week is to go on a nature walk with your student and collect and seeds you can find! I would love for them to glue them into their Nature Journal and try to label them according to what type of plant they come from. Don’t forget to bring them back with them next week to share with the class!!
Also, observe your beans with your students over the next couple of weeks and document any changes you may see in their Nature Journals (words or pictures are okay). I cannot wait to hear all about it!
Megan MorganOctober 8, 2019 at 3:47 am #2081admin
We had a TON of fun learning about mini-beasts (bugs)!
We began class with our copywork, Psalm 8:3-4. While working, we enjoyed listening to the sounds of cicadas. For our artwork, we looked at a beautiful page from a famous entomologist’s nature journal. I shared some pages from my personal nature journal and encouraged the students to embrace spending time in nature with their journals.
We discussed the question, ‘what are bugs?’. Bugs are alive, they are animals, and they are invertebrates. We looked at some different examples of bugs based on the number of legs they had. We briefly discussed metamorphosis. Logan passed out cicada husks to the students, there were a lot of fun reactions!
For the remaining class time, we ventured into room four and rotated through three learning stations. The students identified bugs, drew butterflies, and closely examined insects with magnifying glasses and a microscope. It was really fun to see the students so engaged, especially the ones who proclaimed that they didn’t like bugs. I really wish we had more time!!
At the end of class I gave each student a cup with dirt and two worms. Apparently the soil was too dry and the worms went into a dormant state. OOPS! You can add water to your soil and revive them. Then, allow your students to feed them food scraps and observe what those little decomposes do!
Homework for this week: observe the worms (if revived) and go on a nature walk to find and identify mini-beasts. Please encourage your students to spend some time outside with their journals, listening and observing nature. Have a wonderful week!November 1, 2019 at 6:57 pm #2103admin
Hello Nature Study families!
Today in class we talked all about pumpkins!
We started copywork with our new verse Isaiah 40:8. We will continue with the same verse all block again to give the students more practice with it and allow it sink it in.
Next we read some great Pumpkin books! “From Seed to Pumpkin,” “The Pumpkin Book,” and “Pumpkin Pumpkin.” We learned some fascinating things all about how pumpkins grow and the different varieties! We took some time to discuss everyone’s favorite things about pumpkins and about harvest time. Everyone agrees that eating pumpkin pie and carving pumpkins are some of the best parts!
Then we took time to complete some pumpkin experiment worksheets, including comparing pumpkins and apples, the life cycle of a pumpkin, and everyone favorite part… some pumpkin math with pumpkin creme candies for our kinetic learners!! It was a super fun time!
For homework this week, please “nature walk” at a pumpkin patch or the grocery store with your student and observe all the different types of pumpkins. Have your student sketch one in their Nature Journal to share next week.
We will continue our study of pumpkins next week! Can’t wait! Hope you all have a blessed week.November 5, 2019 at 4:18 am #2109admin
Hello Nature Study families!
We began this afternoon with our copywork. We are continuing to review Isaiah 40:8.
Today was another fun day exploring pumpkins because… well they are just so fascinating and so much fun! We focused on pumpkin seeds today. We took a couple minutes for the students to share their pumpkin observations that they made from their homework last week. Sounds like everyone really enjoyed carving pumpkins for Halloween! Then we dove into a new book called “Pumpkin Jack” and learned all about how pumpkins decompose and can grow so many more pumpkins!
We took some time to let everyone hold our pumpkin and make an estimate of how many pumpkin seeds it has. We had a wide variety of guesses. Then we weighed our pumpkin to gather further information. Next I cut our pumpkin in half and we took a look inside at all the seeds and the way they grow in patterns. We took some time to sketch the inside of our pumpkin while I read another book “How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin.” We learned some fascinating things!! Ask your students to share how you can tell which pumpkins have the most seeds.
We ended up digging out all of our pumpkin seeds and laying them out for each of the students to see if there were more or less seeds than they had estimated. Our pumpkin had 532 seeds! That’s a lot of seeds for one little tiny pumpkin!
At the end of class we took a little time to add a copy of “Still Life with Two Jars and Two Pumpkins” by Van Gogh, oil on canvas to our Nature Journals.
This weeks homework: collect seeds from a pumpkin, dry and color them (using paint or food coloring), and make a Pumpkin Seed Mosaic! If you so make one, bring it next week to share with the class or take a picture to share with us if that’s easier. Also, I asked the students bring in any pictures they may have of the pumpkins they carved to share with the class.
Have fun continuing to explore pumpkins!!
Megan MorganNovember 19, 2019 at 4:05 am #2119admin
Hello Nature Study families!
I have so much fun with your children!! These students are a blast, and today was no exception.
We started class by doing our copywork. We are still reflecting on Isaiah 40:8, and the students seem to be getting further and further into their verse each week. Try asking them to recite it this week and see if they can remember! Then, we prayed over our time together and allowed time for some of our students to share their pumpkin seed mosaics. They did such a good job!! If your family still has pumpkins and your student wants to work on a mosaic over the break, please send me a picture so I can share them with the class when we return.
Next, we dove right into our topic for this week: birds. We read some really great books, “The Boy Who Drew Birds” and “A Nest is Noisy.” We learned some pretty fascinating things about birds and other animals that make nests. I just love learning along with your kids!
After that, the students worked on their bird worksheets. When everyone was done with those, we did some bird drawing, while I read “A Bird Came Down the Walk,” by Emily Dickinson. Everyone made some pretty cute birds and a few scary ones. LOL
Once everyone completed their drawings, it was time to get MESSY – their favorite part!! Today we made bird feeders. We used canning jar lids and mixed together bird seed, flour, cheerios, gelatin, corn syrup and water, packing it into our lids to make a hangable bird feeder disc. I cannot wait to hear where everyone hangs their bird feeders.
Homework for this week is to take a nature walk and see what birds you can find with your students. Also, put your bird feeders in your yard and journal what you see. They may choose to draw or write, it’s up to them, but come prepared to share with the class after Thanksgiving.
Have a great break and a very Happy Thanksgiving!! 🦃
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