Big Garden Birdwatch :: A Citizen Science Project

The Big Garden Birdwatch is happening this weekend and we are all set! We’ve been participating since 2014 and it is something we look forward to doing in our homeschool.  It is a great citizen science project after we have spent an hour counting the birds that visit our feeder we log into the RSPB website and submit our results. This …

Nature Sketching

One of my goals for this year was to be more purposeful in making entries in my nature journal. So far it’s been a fairly good month… I started off by finishing the phenology wheel I kept the whole of last year. I was disappointed at the beginning of the month as I paged through my journal and realised that I …

Nature Notes

I’m enjoying these last late days of summer and our last (less than) two weeks in Devon. I can feel that undefinable shift that marks the end of summer and the transition into autumn is imminent. At any moment that shift will happen, it will be felt, sensed, and a new season shall be ushered in. So this week we have …

Nature Study:: Lichens, Journals & Nature Tables

The trees and shrubs in our garden are covered in lichens. Initially, I thought that it was harmful to the host plants but once I delved into lichens and learnt a bit more about them instead of looking at them in dread I am very pleased indeed that we have them coating just about every tree and shrub. Lichens are good …

How To Get Started With Nature Study

As we approach the end of our 12-year homeschooling journey, I have been pondering on some of the many aspects of our learning that we have enjoyed over the years. Nature Study has played quite an important part in our learning home and has been instrumental in leading my eldest daughter into her chosen career field. This year she will begin …

OHC – Fungi

Nature Study seems to have taken a bit of a back seat in our homeschool.. This makes me sad as it was something that we did each Friday. I recently sat down to have a think about this and after much pondering realized that just like the seasons so is life. It’s changeable – always fluid. So although nature study has taken a …