Sunday, September 19, 2010

First Son's Nature Notebook

I haven't actually started nature journals with the kids yet this year. I plan to pick up some unlined moleskin notebooks and start with some bird drawing time at the nature center or the zoo, where the birds are easier to watch, but it'll be a few weeks before we can make it out that way.

First Son, though, decided all on his own to make a few nature drawing from our yard.

Here are a few of our "chicks" which are about three months old now I think. The one on the right has been dubbed Snow White by the kids.

Then he drew some pictures of our "old" chickens, the Buffs.

Then he wondered what else he could draw and I suggested listening. He heard crickets.

Since then (these are from a few weeks ago), he's added to his notebook, but all on his own. I really need to get us going with some real nature study time. We've been spending our Friday afternoons doing other things and will be the next three weeks as well. We have started reading from the delightful The Burgess Bird Book for Children (Four-color Illustrated Edition), and I do mean the illustrated one. It makes all the difference for my crew.

For those who are wondering, I did get up this morning when "6" was still the first number on the clock, but it wasn't my plan. Second Son was making so much noise, just breathing, that I couldn't sleep anymore.


  1. Nice drawings, First Son!
    That's a bummer - I bought the black and white Burgess Bird Book last year and tried to read it to the girls, but they weren't too excited about it. I think color illustrations probably would have made a difference. I'll probably try again soon, but I don't really want to buy another one.
    Amanda's kindergarten teacher read the Burgess Animal Book to the class and Amanda absolutely loved it.

  2. Very nice, first son is quite the artist!

  3. Tiffany, I'm learning that keeping their hands occupied with something that doesn't involve their brains too much helps keep them listening longer to stories like these. We're using things like lacing boards, pattern blocks, dry erase boards (with those wonderful dry erase crayons from Crayola) and whatever I can find that doesn't have words or letters on them. We are also only reading one chapter a week, so they haven't gotten in the habit of complaining that they'd rather be playing. ;-)

    By the way, First Son seems to be enjoying Mr. Popper's Penguins. First Daughter not so much, so she runs off to do her own thing. I'm ok with that.


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