Monday, January 18, 2010

Winter Time Nature Study

I have to admit, the city girl has begun to enjoy nature study. But what to do when the weather is cold, wet, or snowy? If it is a day that we don't feel like braving the elements, rather than totally abandoning our nature notebooks we get out the field guides and choose something that is not native to our area. Another thing we enjoy, is reading a "living" nature book like Pocketful of Pine Cones, Girl of the Limberlost, or one of the Burgess books and draw what flora or fauna is mentioned in that chapter. We get out the field guides and look up our find just as if we went outside to search it out. It kills two...ahem..."birds" with one stone, so to speak, kiddos keep up with their nature study while mom gets to sit beside the wonderfully, warm wood stove.


Cheryl said...

Welcome back to blogging! :-)
And thanks for the idea and "permission" to do nature study without going out of doors. I know that indoor study is better than no nature study at all...but I wait for the "perfect" time and thus, weeks go by with no entries in our journals. :-/

Jodi-Marie said...

Oh weeks do go by here with no entries in our journals either! I was writing this response to another email from a mom in Maine who REALLY didn't want to go out in the cold. (can't say that I blame her) I know the true hard edge CMer's probably would gasp at the idea of staying indoors but the older I get the colder it feels and some days you gotta do what you gotta do. lol We haven't made one entry this winter. Maybe I am trying to inspire myself. We'll see if it works!