To wrap up Autumn Pond Study Week last night after dinner I read a beautifully illustrated book, Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner, and Elliot added more to his pond chart: beetle, turtle, fish and frog. He was happy that Daddy was part of the lesson too. We are excited to dive into this weeks nature study and can’t wait to get started!
Elliot and I started our official nature studies today! Although I am always exploring Mother Earth with him I wanted to use a curriculum to guide us through each season. I finally got around to purchasing Exploring Nature with Children from @raisinglittleshoots and I absolutely love it, like I knew I would.
Yesterday was the beginning of Autumn Pond Study Week and we dove in this afternoon with a discussion about ponds: what they are, how deep they are, and what animals, bugs and plants would we find there. Then we studied the painting Nympheas by Monet and talked about the colors and what was in the water.
After, we got ready to draw our pond and first made a little list of some things we would find (from our discussion) and Elliot drew and wrote all of them down. Then he created his pond drawing with markers and crayons. He used Crinkleroot’s 25 More Animals Every Child Should Know as a reference guide.
To sum up our lesson, we relaxed on the couch for quiet time and summarized with Crinkleroot’s Animals again and read Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni, a favorite from our collection.
I am hoping to visit a pond nearby this Friday for some real life observations but today was a great start to our pond study and I am so happy Elliot is excited as I am.
I read about 5 books a day with our son Elliot every night and visit the library each week to take out a huge stack for us. I really love our bedtime reading routine. Every now and then we will come across a book that we both are impressed it, whether it’s the art or the story. The other night we looked through Imagine a Place and both were in awe of the paintings. They really stirred up Elliot’s imagination and that’s what I hope to do. He’s never seen art like this and he was definitely interested. Artist Rob Gonsalves is a new fave now. And magic realism? Yes, please. Here are a few from the book we loved.
I am super excited to finally be done with my rebrand and website! After a few years of going nowhere with this project I decided to give myself a timeline and do it. And I did. Fresh logo, updated color palette, and redesigned website – done! Feel free to check it out and take a look around. And if you’re up for it share your thoughts. I am sooo happy to check this off my list. Yay!