Montessori Nature Jars
I like to bring the outdoors in and so do my babies.
They're always picking flowers -even in places they shouldn't. Haha!
So, my preschooler and I recently put together some nature jars full of things she found around our own backyard!
These are a great addition to your nature area or your Montessori area.
Plus, they're practically free to make. Ready to explore some nature up close with your little one?
We're studying animals in anticipation of our upcoming visit to the big zoo! This will be the first time for both my babies to visit a large scale zoo. We thought they'd enjoy some animal exploration before we go so they'll have some background and it won't be so overwhelming. I added some wild animal books into our preschool Montessori area in our living room to employ curiosity and I also made these quick little picture cars. I wanted to share my cards with you so you can use them with your kiddos as well.
We're finally finishing up our in-depth caterpillar/butterfly study and this is the last free download from the study! I loved making these butterfly exploration cards! They turned out to be useful in so many ways. You can download them for free at the bottom of my post! Enjoy!
“Let them once get in touch with Nature, and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight through life. We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things.” - Charlotte Mason. Spring is on the horizon and we're so excited begin another season of the wonder gardening. Children do have a natural curiosity about nature and allowing them to experience plant science through a garden is a great way to study nature! Let's get started and get a free download!
Getting Started with a Garden:
- Order a seed catalogue. Whether you intend to order from it or not, your children will enjoy looking at all the variations and types of plants they can grow.
- Think about the space you have in your yard to grow a garden when deciding how many packets of seeds to purchase. You'll want a spot that gets a few hours of sun a day.
- Allow your children to help you decide which seeds to purchase. It's fun for them to go through the catalogue and write down some ideas of what they'd like to grow. Download my free seed wish list here.
- Purchase your seeds.
Learning about Seeds:
Don't waste this opportunity to take time and study the different types of seeds. You'll have more than enough in each packet, so take a small few out of each.
- Conduct a seed sort: Sort seeds according to similarities. Talk about the seeds. Arrange in size, color, hardness, etc.
- Make seed art: Begin by arranging the seeds in a picture, shape, pattern or design, and glue them to paper. This can be quite beautiful!
- Record the seeds in your nature journal: Why not allow the children to illustrate a few seed types in their nature journals, making sure to put the type for a label.
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"What is a nature study?", you might be asking and "Why should I add more to my school day?" In part 1, I talked about the first three steps to implementing a nature study in your homeschool. In this post, I'd like to share a couple more steps you can take to make your nature study truly integrated so it's not really adding anything extra to your day, but rather, adding a love for learning and an appreciation for the beauties of God's creation. Keep reading, my friend.
With all the "stuff" to learn in school, why take the time to study nature? Albert Einstein said, "Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better." In this post, I hope to inspire you to implement some nature study into your homeschool week and give you some practical ways to do it!
October means pumpkin learning experiences here! We love pumpkins, don't you? I'm going to share with you some of our pumpkin activities from this October (and there's still lots of October left incase you want to try some out!).
This teaches observation, how to find characteristics of living things, and how to classify living things.
1. You'll need some pumpkin pictures of different varieties.
I took all of 15 minutes one night to locate pumpkin variety pictures on the web, saved images to my desktop and then pasted them on an open powerpoint page. Then print.
2. Children will cut out the pumpkin pictures and group them by similarities.
3. Encourage them to think creatively. Don't just sort one way, say by color, but suggest textures, flat and round, etc. Help them classify the pumpkins in as many ways as they can.
4. Glue. After they have sufficiently classified, they may decide which classification they liked best and glue it.
5. It's fun to let Dad guess how they classified the pumpkins later when he comes home!
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