The Outdoor Hour and The Handbook of Nature Study

A couple of months ago  I discovered a really great blog called The Outdoor Hour by Harmony Art Mom. Each week she has a new challenge posted for you and your children to do to learn more about nature.

The Outdoor Hour blog is based on The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comtock. I already had this book. I had picked it up on sale when my oldest was an infant, but I had only looked at a few times clear back then. It’s so thick I didn’t know where to start. With the help of The Outdoor Hour blog, I learned how the book works and that I didn’t need to read the whole thing. So I read the beginning section and than have started referring to the parts as I need them. This book seems really great, even though I don’t feel like we’ve dug into yet.

This week’s challenge was to see what colors can be seen in the winter. My children thought that would be fun so they took my camera and took some pictures of what interested them. We are still working on challenge #2 though about learning how to describe what they see in their own words. So we’ve combined the two challenges into one for us.

They each decided that they wanted to post about this on their own blogs. So you’ll have to visit their blogs to see what they found: ZippyArt, JohnDeere Boy.

John Deere Boy

I do have to wonder though how they were able to see as much as they did. This is a picture of what John Deere Boy was caught doing while we were on our nature walk. He’s working on a paper airplane. Boys!! Guess he needed something to work on while his sister had the camera.

One thought on “The Outdoor Hour and The Handbook of Nature Study

  • January 9, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I love that your children are participating with their own blogs. I left them each a comment. :)

    Thanks for joining the challenges and I hope to see more entries soon. Don't put the Handbook away…keep it out so you can look things up as you go about your week!

    Barb-Harmony Art Mom

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