This month’s Outdoor Hour Nature Study grid challenges included woodpeckers, mushrooms, field notebooks and the November World. We enjoyed trying to complete as many of the challenges as we could.
Our November started with a trip to St. Louis to visit our good friends, the Browns. This is a pathway near the Gateway Arch that was littered with leaves and rich in color from the recent rain. It begs for a stroll doesn’t it?
When we returned home the colors were vibrant everywhere. This is the cottonwood tree in our backyard on a warm evening at the beginning of November.
The middle of the month brought clouds and LOTS of wind. We could tell what the temperature of the day would be by the direction of the wind. In the picture below a cold front is blowing in from the north.
Little Bundle got a new backpack so she can enjoy the November adventures.
Although we didn’t observe any woodpeckers ourselves, we watched some videos and did some colored pencil work.
We enjoyed some great nature literature as well. At Barb McCoy’s recommendation, we read Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow. It is a book with riddles about meadow creatures and illustrations that are absolutely beautiful.
We had fun writing some of our own riddles for you to enjoy.
Lego Man wrote:
I prey on mice.
I feast on rabbits.
I’m not very nice.
Sneaking and preying are my habits.
Who am I?
Soccer Girl wrote:
I live in a patch
Among all the tangly vines.
With lots of seeds inside me,
I can be big or small.
I can be eaten by one and all.
What am I?
Mountain Man wrote:
Beasts of the plains
Rumble, rumble, crash, crunch
Over the plains they travel and run.
They eat prairie grass: munch, munch.
Who am I?
Mother Hen wrote:
Crawling, eating, sleeping,
Exploring the world around me,
With smiling eyes that are so bright,
I am finally sleeping through the night!
Who am I?
This is the cottonwood tree at the end of November. Quite a change huh?
November is such a month of contrasts: warm and cold, bright fall colors and dull winter grays, and the closing of a favorite season and the anticipation of a new one filled with winter wonders.