Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter – May 2016 Wildflowers

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Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter

May 2016 – Wildflower Study


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Note: If you are following the Ambleside Online’s nature study rotation, this month’s newsletter is perfect for the theme: Garden Flowers and Weeds.

Contents of this edition of the newsletter include:

  • This month the newsletter focuses on a study of wildflowers. I have written an article sharing how to get started with an early spring wildflower study project.
  • Contributions from Outdoor Hour Challenge participants- Heather Woodie from Blog She Wrote. Heather is a wealth of information about so many aspects of nature study and I know you will enjoy her submission on wildflower study.
  • May Nature Study Planning Page with field trip ideas, nature photo ideas, and a special 15 minute challenge for parents.
  • As a bonus this month, I have included a fresh Wildflower and Weed Study Grid and a Wildflower Color Hunt printable for you to use with your family.
  • Wildflower Study printable notebook page which can be used as a nature journal topper as well.

Resources for your Nature Library: I have started to build a nature library store on Amazon that will feature by category my favorite nature study books and resources. Take a look and see if there is anything you would like to put on your wish list for your family’s nature study library: Handbook of Nature Study Nature Library Suggestions on Amazon.com. Note this is my affiliate store to items I personally recommend and have read or seen in person.

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Need help getting started with your nature study using the Handbook of Nature Study? Check out the fresh “Getting Started” page here on the website!


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Outdoor Hour Challenge – Growing Beans

Outdoor Hour Challenge Bean Study @handbookofnaturestudy

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Have you ever used green bean seeds and plants for your nature study? This is a wonderful way to share the complete growing cycle. With your children start your study with the bean seeds, then the plants, then the flowers, then the beans, back to the seed again!

Bean Nature Study – Seed Germination from the archives!

I also want to share a link to one of my gardening entries from 2009 that I think will inspire newbies to gardening. Take a look at this entry and find some encouragement to start even a small garden:

Gardening Doesn’t Need to be Complicated
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If you are a member here on the Handbook of Nature Study, you will find this archive challenge in the Crop Plants Challenges ebook. In the book, you will find a custom notebook page to use with your green bean study.

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Garden Planning and April Recap -In Progress

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This is such a gorgeous colorful time of year in the garden. I thought I would do a little update on my Garden Planning nature journal page and share how my April 2016 recap page is coming along.

 Garden Planning 2016 Nature Journal Page @handbookofnaturestudy

At least this is the plan as of today…I know when the actual planting time comes I will probably adjust a bit but this gives my husband an idea of what irrigation I will need for him to set in up in each box. The one box is labeled as the “herb box” which it used to be in the past but now it is just a regular box…it will probably always be known as the herb box.

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I’ve left some blank space for recording experiences as we finish up the month. I find that keeping the page going during the month is the best way to assure that it will actually get done. I used some watercolor pencils, gel pens, and a ruler to create my page.

Are you working on your garden seeds challenge? Take a few minutes and get it started! Are you going to create a monthly recap page? Here is the link to the Once a Month Nature Journal Project idea post.

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