• Fall Nature Study Ideas and a Free Printable Autumn Nature Scavenger Hunt
    nature study,  science

    Fall Nature Study Ideas & A Free Autumn Nature Scavenger Hunt Printable

    We are well into fall here in the Canadian prairies and I figured it was about time I shared some ideas for fall nature study. To be honest, nature study is not something I am naturally good at. But I’m trying. Apparently my trying has been at least somewhat successful because a few weeks ago my six year old said “Mom loves nature.” – at least he thinks so! Our fall days here can be hit or miss. We often start getting snow at the end of September but it will usually melt right away or within a few days. The temperature can go from -10C in the morning to +20C in…

  • How I Plan Our Homeschool Year Without a Curriculum
    nature study,  science,  unit studies

    Weather Mini Unit Study Resources

    We’ve been continuing with our Monday mini unit studies in as part of our homeschool rhythm and our next topic of study was weather! I actually gave the kids the option between butterflies and weather and this is what they both chose. I was actually surprised by that choice. Weather is a broad topic and we definitely didn’t cover everything in one afternoon but we learned some stuff we didn’t know and that’s kind of the goal here. Little bits of learning all add up!     I gathered all the books I had from the library on weather as well as ones we had around the house and we…

  • Free Owl Unit Study Resources
    nature study,  science,  unit studies

    Owl Mini Unit Study Resources

    Part of our homeschool rhythm for the year is to have a mini unit study every Monday afternoon. My main reason behind this was because there are so many different topics I want to study with my kids and many of them don’t quite fall under our plan for the year, this is my way of sneaking those topical studies in. This last Monday was our first mini unit study and we kicked things off with owls!     I started out by having the letter board and a few resources and books about owls out on the table in the morning. As soon as my son woke up and…

  • The Best Picture Books to Read in August - All About Weather - Fiction and Non-Fiction Picture Books Great for Kids in Elementary
    book lists,  elementary,  nature study,  picture books,  science

    The Best Picture Books for August

    Welcome to another monthly book list! I’ve been slowly collecting books about weather for us to study the topic so I thought it would make a great theme for August’s theme. We went on a little road trip last week and as we were driving home we drove through some spectacular storms and cloud formations. I often bemoan the fact that we live in flat prairie land but it sure makes it easy to see what is all going on in the sky. I captured this shot last week from my seat in the vehicle, it’s not something you would generally be able to get a good view or shot…

  • Huge Nature Giveaway - you could win all of this!
    nature study

    A Nature Giveaway You’re Not Going to Want to Miss

    All month I have been sharing some of my favorite nature resources over on Instagram and this week things are coming to an end, but not without a little fun. There is a big giveaway going on where one lucky winner will come away with shop gift certificates, a nature journal, This Is My Classroom tee and one of my favorite nature journaling books, Watercolor With Me: In the Forest. The giveaway is over at the end of the day on Friday, June 28th, so be sure to come over and enter now! I teamed up with some great shops to bring this giveaway to you and I’m excited to…

  • book lists,  elementary,  nature study,  picture books

    The Best Books for July

    This month I decided to go with a bugs and insects theme for the monthly book list! We are observing bugs all spring, summer and fall long but since I’m currently wrapping up my nature resource month over on Instagram (you can view the links to all the resources here), I was feeling extra nature-y and thought this would be a good theme for this month’s book list. The only problem about this list is that it could have been much, much, much longer. I may come back and add more books to it over time but I wanted to start out with some of our favorites and as we…