We have, however, had some really wonderful times of fall nature study, despite all the busy-ness. I am feeling so very blessed that we have be able to enjoy autumn two years in a row before we go back to the tropics.
One thing we did was record the end of our Sunflower project. We got to observe the seeds down there in the flower head...just like the ones we started with when we planted! Everything came around full-circle.
Over on the Ambleside Online forum, a group of us has been reading and discussing the Handbook of Nature Study. It has been a wonderfully inspiring discussion. One of the things we discussed was the balance between freedom and structure in nature study. When do we let our children run loose and find the things that interest them, and when do we gently nudge them in the right direction?
Not long after this discussion, we decided to pop over to the park in between rain showers. Inspired by one of the ideas from this month's Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter, we decided to see if we could find leaves in three different shapes and/or three different colors, which we did. There was the structure.
I also stopped to take a closer look at an evergreen tree that was covered with some kind of berries.
While I was trying to figure it out, Michelle noticed that there were mushrooms growing in the dirt under the tree. Heaps of them. Different kinds too.
We spent several minutes observing and counting them. Michelle was absolutely fascinated. There was our freedom.
We also stomped in the puddles on the way home. What good is nature study on a wet day without some puddle stomping? =)
Hope you are enjoying the season wherever you are, too.