When I feel I've lost my way and am out of touch with what lives outside my window (which actually happens to me quite often- several times a day, usually), we all head outside. Regardless of the weather. Sometimes it's a walk around the neighborhood or a more organized activity like a hike, but most often we just hang out in our yard, enjoying the space we inhabit. Sometimes we just stay in our pajamas.
|Nature Journaling in dinosaur jammies|
I keep a backpack prepared for her with her binoculars, magnifying glass, colored pencils and journal. The backpack usually lives in the car because it's the most common place I am when I wish I had it with me. And yes, my Anna Comstock is actually in the car right now, too.
|Journal, binoculars, magnifying glass, pencils and a subject to study|
|Pages from the journal|
Of course I had some books from the library on the topic in anticipation of the moment and we read them before we came out. Back inside we finished our study of the sunflower with a nice craft I made up with cut out pictures of the plant's life cycle separated by arrows circling a sunflower we pasted together with bits of paper and actual sunflower seeds. Fun.
But back to Nature Study. Here is Baby Rain experiencing her natural world.
|Baby nature study|
It was warm this day and she had been playing in the hose water while sister worked on her journal.
I'm mostly writing this to encourage myself not to forget to get outside, regardless of the weather or the incessantly needy state of my house (or my blog). This is not what we do everyday, but it's what I strive to do most days. :) Thanks for listening. For more inspiration, check out this amazing blog with great Nature Journal challenges.