Outdoor Hour Challenge – Geranium Flower Study

Outdoor Hour Challenge Geranium Flower Study @handbookofnaturestudy

Outdoor Hour Challenge

Geranium Flower Nature Study


Inside Preparation Work:

  • Read pages 585-587 in the Handbook of Nature Study (Lesson #163).
  • Create a list of observations from the lesson for your family to use during your outdoor observation time.
  • Youtube videos: Kinds of Geraniums and How to Grow Geraniums.
  • Visit the garden nursery and purchase a potted geranium for your nature study. You can also use this Garden Nursery Field Trip Mini Book for an additional activity as part of this challenge.
  • Sketch the diagram from page 587 in the Handbook of Nature Study, labeling the parts of the geranium flower. Look for these parts when you observe your geranium.

Outdoor Hour Time:

  • Observe a geranium either in the garden or in a container that you have brought inside. Use the suggestions in the lesson or on the notebook page in this ebook to get to know the geranium flower better.
  • If you don’t have a geranium to observe, look for another blooming flower in your garden to enjoy or just take a nice spring walk! Take your nature journal along and find something to record for this week’s flower study.

Follow-Up Activity:

  • Create a nature journal entry if you didn’t make one during your outdoor time. It can be a simple sketch and caption or a photo with a caption.  For a more detailed nature journal, label your flower sketch with the flower part names.
  • Advanced Study: Learn how to propagate geraniums from cuttings: Youtube video.

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Keeping a Nature Journal – Review

Keeping a Nature Journal Review @handbookofnaturestudy

Keeping a Nature Journal is a book that many of us own and is sitting on our shelf. It may also be a book that you have looked at online, have seen others using, or actually paged through at a bookstore. It is a familiar book that I have a love/hate relationship because of the perceived expectation that it creates for journalers.

Many of us struggle with perfection. We think that a nature journal should be a place of beauty and value…which I agree with wholeheartedly. But, it also can be a place that we experiment and mess up from time to time. A smear here or a misspelled word or funky drawing we don’t like can also appear on a nature journal page. Those “mess ups” shouldn’t keep us from striving to create pages on a regular basis.

This book, Keeping a Nature Journal, is a tool like so many other tools we use in our family’s nature study. It contains a wealth of ideas that you can pick and choose to use as the spirit inspires you. Don’t let the great page examples overwhelm or discourage but allow them to create a reservoir of ideas to use over the years as you fill your nature journal.

Keeping a Nature Journal Ideas @handbookofnaturestudy

Quick Thoughts About the Book- note page numbers are from the first edition.

  • This is a book for all ages to use as they learn to keep a nature journal.
  • You will find ideas for using a nature journal in all curriculum areas on page 165 (A Curriculum Web for Nature Journaling).
  • The “Getting Started with Drawing” section (pages 139-153) would be a wonderful basis for an art course using nature as your subject.
  • I found the section titled, “Subjects to Observe, Draw, Record throughout the Seasons”, to be a wonderful inspiration and I intend to refer to it for my own use. Each season is listed in the chart along with ideas for drawing birds, animals, plants and trees, weather and sky, and seasonal celebrations.
  • ***I see the second edition of this book has an expanded section showing more of Claire’s actual journal pages.

Keeping a Nature Journal by Claire Walker Leslie and Charles E. Roth gives this long term nature journal mom so fresh ideas that I can’t wait to use in the up-coming summer season.

Are you making your nature journal your sidekick this summer?

Nature Book Project 2015 @handbookofnaturestudy

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New Printables for Members – May 2015

Habitat Notebook Pages for Members @handbookofnaturestudy

This month I am adding some habitat research notebook pages for you to use with your family. There are five habitats included: Desert, Prairie, Forest, Seashore, and Wetland. Visit the habitat or use the pages to record information you find while researching a particular habitat. We will be going more deeply into these habitats next year in the free monthly newsletters.

These new printables are free if you are a member of the Ultimate Naturalist or Journey level memberships. You need to log into your account and then check the “Other Releases” section for brand new printables to enjoy along with the Outdoor Hour Challenges in 2015.