What are you learning this November, besides the routine stuff? What beauty are you pulling out from the season around you so that you and your children can feast on delicacies that November has to offer? Forget turkeys and pilgrims! They're overdone! (For those who are loyal turkey and pilgrim fans, see our turkey activity for this year here and you can snag my Pilgrim Story here! )
Today's post is about feasting on poetry and nature in this seemingly short month before the Christmas season.
To me, November is a time to finally slow down to cozy evenings inside and it just seems there is more reflective time in day even though there is less. Nature always brings out a line a poetry in me, doesn't it for you? Here are a couple classic November related poems to learn or at least read with your children this month:
Over the River and Through the Woods - here on Amazon in book form
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, here in book form on Amazon
We are learning how to implement more and more nature study into our science and integrate it also into our reading and writing. I'm learning from some wonderful homeschool moms I follow on instagram, @woodsermom and @pineforestacademy. We recently purchased The Burgess Bird Book for Children. I've seen this being used frequently. I'll be on the lookout for some other books we can use to study nature.
As a classroom teacher, we're always trying to bring nature to the classroom through video or internet, but as a homeschool teacher, I can bring the classroom easily into nature as much I as I want.
Some November related nature study ideas are:
-Animal studies (Research or observe animals native to your area. Look at characteristics, behaviors in the change of season, etc. A great place to visit is your local nature center.)
-Nocturnal Animals ( With "evening coming early" as the poem says, it's a great time to study nocturnal animals, even time change! )
-Seeds and Seed Plants (Our classical curriculum has us memorizing the 3 types of seed plants- monocot, dicot and conifer. This is a great time to talk about deciduous trees and coniferous trees. Deciduous trees are the trees that lose their leaves in the fall! We're getting ready to use coniferous trees in our decorating!
SKILLS For Nature Studying and Science
*Making a diagram- This is something to begin with your kindergartner. As soon as she can write, have her illustrate nature and label it! We use little books from the dollar bin for science journals/ nature journals. A few things we've labeled this year include pumpkin parts, types of seed plants, and leaves and leaf parts (spines, needles, tendrils, bracts, bud scales, & palmate). You could label the species you see in a pond ecosystem!
*Observation- Teaching your child how to observe is a huge fraction of learning science. Plus, it requires her to slow down and to focus on something with the intent of deriving understanding from it. I see homeschool moms using nature journaling in conjunction with art as well. Sitting down to work on a water color of a bird is a wonderful experience in many ways and anything but a waste of time because it teaches focus and attention to detail.
*Recording- Recording what she observes in nature is important. It teaches her to express her observations through writing and get them on paper- an essential step to writing an informational piece later!
What are you doing in your homeschool for November (besides the usual)? I'd love to hear from you.
What are some of your favorite poems for this time of season? Please share!
Would you like to integrate a nature study? Let me know!
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