October 20, 2011

nature walks

Pretty much every day since we've been in North Carolina, we find ourselves outside doing something. And inevitably we find something we didn't have in South Dakota...like GINORMOUS Daddy Long leg spiders or different plants, like bamboo...
it all makes for great nature walking.

I've always loved nature walks with the kids. It's just so peaceful and so opposite of the screaming TV (who else thinks the Disney channel is just stupid...we hooked our cable up again because it was super cheap...don't ask me why we did that),
no phones, no computer...just us and nature.

This week in science we're learning about non vascular plants, so we went out looking for moss. And we found lots!

I love having nature study just be laid back and loose, but it's nice to have something to guide you a little bit and help organize your thoughts...or give you direction as to what to look for.  It makes it more of a scavenger hunt and purposeful.

I looked everywhere for GOOD resources on nature study that I liked and came up short every time, but I finally found the perfect resource.

Nature Explorers are wonderful for nature studies...
have a ton of information, print outs, ideas, and extra reading resource lists.
I LOVE these ebooks.
They are affordable and totally adaptable to any style of homeschooler you are.

Remember way back when, when we made dye out of walnuts?? We got the idea from this book...
We've done numerous fun nature activities using these books,
and until December, you can get the "Fungus Among Us" book for only $6!
If you're not into fungus, there's also books on
Conifer trees (great for Christmas time)
Animals signs
Fruits and Nuts
Cold Weather
and more!

Here's the link to see for yourself...

I hope you are enjoying the fall weather like we are!


The Frat Pack + Me said...

I am so glad you are enjoying NC so far! You picked a great time of year to make the move!

Cindy said...

You are just the sweetest thing to mention NaturExplorers in you post! I can imagine how wonderful it must be to find all sorts of new nature all around you. I'm glad it's providing some joy and peace in the midst of all the craziness of a whirlwind move. <3

Farmgirl Paints said...

love nature walks. so glad you out there exploring and taking it all in. we have some pretty crazy critters here too...red lizards, spider crickets, wood roaches...ACK!

Blissful Blooms said...

You are such a fun teacher! I will definitely check out those books! And that spider was HUGE!!

Mary said...

i love hearing about what other home schoolers are doing! :) sounds like you have a lot of fun! we just finished studying vascular, non-vascular plants, etc...and the girls had a blast nature walking, finding moss, and exploring God's awesome creation. i'm going to go check out those resource books now! :)

carissa said...

if i was little, i'd so want you to be my teacher. this is so fun. and fall has finally arrived in charleston! yesterday it was 80 degrees, today the high is 59. sweeeet!

thetwistedruffle said...

oh, i just went to check out that site, and it just love it! i'm going to have to order a few. wylder is working through the aplogia botany book, so i saw a few things i'd like to add--maybe even a fungus among us!

you are always such an inspiration to me as a homeschooling mama.

thank you.


katygirl said...

i'm jeal. everything is dead here.

Melissa said...

Glad you are enjoying your autumn outdoors! And maybe it's just because my girls are so little, but the Disney channel has some pretty nice shows for them. I let them watch sometimes, but not for hours and hours at a time. Now granted, Phineas and Ferb are stuuupid, as are all the "tween-ager" shows!

Smallgood said...

Getting away from all the noise of life is great. You have beautiful pictures, and I pinned the nature books for future reference.

Anonymous said...

hi Alicia! i just found your blog through Annalea's blog. i loved it immediately and suspected right away that you might live in Asheville when i spied the first fall picture in the nature walk post. i also live in Asheville, and homeschool. if you'd like, you can contact me at themimkens@aol.com. welcome to Asheville! cheryl

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