"I'm going on a nature adventure!"
Those words were heard before the front door slammed shut and excitement ran to the backyard.
Ten minutes later, peering out the bedroom window to check on the adventure, my heart smiled--three little learners discovering, wondering together. Co-laboring in learning.
I walked back to the living room to listen to an older learner read aloud.
Within thirty minutes the front door swung open, the metal doorknob placing a ding in the drywall.
"Took at these amazing finds, Mom! These specimens are the best we've ever found!"
A HUGE beetle. A lizard skeleton. A small pine cone.
And, while they were outside, one decided to start working through My Nature Adventures.
We observed, marveled at the wonders they had found! What amazing details we saw with the scope! We drew pictures in My Nature Adventures.
Then, I asked questions about their adventures. Observation, recall, and analysis are important skills for math, language, and science skills development.
- What was the first insect you saw?
- Were the insects on certain plants?
- Were all the leaves in the pile the same?
- What colors were the birds you saw?
- What were the birds doing?
- When some birds flew away, how many were left?
- What did each person contribute to the adventure?
There you have it. A glimpse into our day, into the nature adventures our family enjoyed. Interestingly, most of it was unplanned. Yet, my intentional listening, attentiveness, and questions were essential.
Our favorite non-fiction, field guide type books:
- Birds, Nests, & Eggs, Mel Boring (Take Along Guides)
- Caterpillars. Bugs, & Butterflies, Mel Boring (Take Along Guides)
- Trees, Leaves & Bark, Mel Boring (Take Along Guides)
- Florida's Fabulous Birds: Land Birds, Winston Williams (Florida's Fabulous Series)
- Florida's Favorite Insects, Thomas Emmel (Florida's Fabulous Series)
Nature books we enjoy reading after our adventures:
- From Tadpole to Frog, Wendy Pfeffer (Read and Let's Find Out Science)
- From Caterpillar to Butterfly, Deborah Heilgman (Read and Let's Find Out Science)
- A Nest Full of Eggs, Priscilla Belz Jenkins (Read and Let's Find Out Science)
The above three Read and Let's Find Out Science books are included in the Math and Science Adventure Combo Kit in our store.
More of our favorites:
- Waiting for Wings, Lois Ehlert
- Counting is for the Birds, Frank Mazzola (an absolute favorite and great for math!)
- Why Do Leaves Change Color? Betsy Maestro (Read and Let's Find Out Science)
- Pets from the Pond, Margaret Waring Buck
- In the Woods and Fields, Margaret Waring Buck
- Small Pets from Woods and Fields, Margaret Waring Buck
Margaret Waring Buck books are some of the most fascinating nature books in our collection. They are vintage books published in the late 1950s; most by Abbington Press. The line drawings are done with intriguing details. Well worth the hunt to find.
What might your children engage in today? Might it be an outdoor learning adventure or an indoor building project?