With beautiful fall weather peeking around the corner, I’m getting excited about nature study again. (Are you?) We have had about a dozen hummingbirds in our backyard for the last week, and we’ve spent many hours watching their antics.
With the hummingbirds, I am again impressed by the good sense of Charlotte Mason’s good advice to let children learn through direct observation.
Children should be encouraged to watch, patiently and quietly, until they learn something of the habits and history of bee, ant, wasp, spider, hairy caterpillar, dragon-fly, and whatever of larger growth comes in their way.
(Vol 1, II, Out-Of-Door Life For The Children, p.57 )
After Sprite had observed and sketched the birds for an extended period of time, I read her the hummingbird pages from the Handbook of Nature Study. Although she did learn a few new tidbits, much of the hummingbird behavior she had already seen first-hand. (We would love to see a hummingbird nest like this woman did, but they are probably high up in the large trees in our yard.)
The printable is designed for your year-long plan with room for all twelve months.
Three additional pages are for your monthly plans. You can use them for planning your nature walks or for recording what you did after the fact. To be honest, I’m not much of a nature study planner. We simply keep our eyes open to study whatever catches our eye during that season whether it is backyard birds, insects, or squirrels.