Nature Study Lately

Even though there were a few flakes flying yesterday, we feel like Spring has sprung here in Asheville. The people here think it’s still cold, but my kids are running wild in t-shirts and shorts! Something I’ve been itching to do more of with the kids is nature study. It really is so simple and adds so much to our school…or not even just school, but education all around.
We’re outside, looking for birds, identifying birds, looking at tracks, at moss, at lichens, at toads!
I’ve been having the kids do an entry in their nature journals a few times a week for the past couple of weeks. I put together new journals for them for spring and summer. They’re just three-ring binders and then I had them design a cover to go in the front. Then on the inside, the journals are divided into five sections: trees, birds, animals and habitats, flowers, and water creatures.
I found a ton of printables to put in each section on pinterest. Here’s the link to my Science and Nature board.  Also, I purchased some notebooking pages from THIS website that included some great coloring sheets for birds as well.


Our bird feeder on our back balcony has been alive with birds, so even on colder days we see them out there and can journal about what we see. There’s been a whole herd of cardinals, robins, chickadees, and blue jays…so exciting!

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Sophie’s journal

This toad was hilarious. I’m sure the kids scared him half to death, but he just sat there forever almost completely camouflaged in the leaves. We could see his heart about to explode!!
It looks like it’s going to be chilly today, so probably we’ll stay inside but we’ve been taking advantage of the warmer days for sure! Otherwise on the agenda, I’m going to a doctor appointment, Scouts, and hopefully getting my hospital bag packed….only THREE weeks to go!!! Can you even believe it!?! 

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  1. Your blog was open when my son-the-birder walked by and he said, "Hey, that hasn't been the scientific name of the cardinal since 1983." (It was changed in 1983, he said.) The things I learn…. 🙂

  2. I love when we get to do school outside! And those nature journals are awesome! I think I may need to whip up a few for summer, the girls would LOVE those!
    Happy packing sweet friend! It's so close and SO exciting!

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