Snow is a pretty exciting thing in Memphis just because it is so rare. This winter, although being exceptionally mild, has given us two short episodes of snow (but no accumulation). You can be sure that when it snows, we pull out the nature notebook and document it! Here is our First and Last Snow page. We record the incidents in between the first and last, of course, because we never know when the last one will occur. The idea is that next winter we can compare and see if the snow comes earlier or later.
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Modern man has sadly lost his connection to the patterns of nature, and keeping a nature journal like this one helps us to keep in touch with the wonders of our seasons. When our daffodils started blooming, we put that in the notebook, too! Although I am sure it is happening much earlier than it happened last year, I didn’t document it in 2010, so I have no data to confirm my suspicion. Next year, though, we will have the data, recorded by Sprite herself!
A great project to go along with recording seasonal changes would be to take a photograph of the same tree during each season or even once a month. Put the photos side by side and notice the drastic changes. It’s not too late to start. Do it today.
I have made these nature journal pages available as a free download to my readers. Get your free download here.
Susan @Homeschooling Hearts & Minds says
Thank you for sharing these pages, they look great. ;0)
Thank you for these pages and sharing project/journaling ideas!
aww…thanks for the link love! 🙂
These will be great. We are making a real effort to do more nature study this year so tools like this are just what I need. I’m going to have my older daughter use your season pages as a model and make some for us so that they match our southern hemispheres reality!
These are wonderful. Pinning, printing, and using this week. Thanks for creating and sharing them!
Thanks – these are lovely!
Just wanted to thank you for sharing, I am pinning and printing! We also appreciate all your other work; my 14 yr. dd won’t use any other pages for her Bio’s!
Jimmie, have you seen this website ( http://www.learner.org/jnorth/ ). When you said you kept track of daffodils blooming, etc… I thought I’d mention it:) That way you can see what’s migrating/blooming all over the US:)
This is so neat Jimmie! Thank you 🙂
I love the Nature study and notebook idea, I’ve only been homeschooling the Traditional way (like public school) scince January 2012… I already want to change that approach. I like the CM approach towards nature but would like your recommendations and opinions for 3rd grade Science. My son is 7 and acts very adhd although he never was diagnosed. What curriculum or guideline do you recommend for him? I want to make sure he doesn’t miss out on things because he’s not in public school anymore… as you can see I’m VERY new at this and don’t know anyone who homeschools and I’m not in any organization or group so I read blogs to learn! Thanks in advance.
thanks so much for sharing – so you mind if I post a link to your blog?
Susan Evans says
What a great idea to mark down the first snow each year, and other seasonal changes. We have a hummingbird that comes every May, and one year it was really late. I wished we had written down when exactly we had seen him at our feeder previous years. These printable pages are perfect for adding to a nature journal.
My kids love anything related to nature. These pages are such a great idea. They’re so much more interesting than just using a regular spiral notebook!