This month we seem to have a lot of projects started but not much finished. In a way that is good because we know that nature study is on going, but in a way it is bad because we are running out of room to collect and do all of our ideas:)
Here’s what we have going on:
Nature Table update: The parsnip is not dead! It has grown roots along with the carrot. The avocado is starting to break open and the root has appeared. The rutabaga and the turnip have lovely green tops.The sweet potato…well I’m not sure it isn’t the dead one now…:)
We had another great snowstorm that brought us a foot of snow. Tunnels and forts abounded even though some of the temperatures did not!
This month at the Handbook of Nature Study blog, we have been learning some of our trees by their winter silhouettes.
Sugar Maple did some research for his 4H demonstration about tapping maple trees for their sap and how to turn into maple syrup. We even rigged the “trunk” to expel water.
And then we found a friend’s sugar maple tree that we actually got to tap for real! So cool!
We started on our goal of learning the differences between 3 evergreen trees. Our first tree is the pine. This pine cone we identified as a scotch pine. We are also working on our goal of identifying 10 trees by their bark so we included a picture of it as well.
The more we learn about trees, the more we appreciate how carefully and wonderfully God created this earth for us. We are so thankful and want to keep sharpening our nature skills.