and now reworking these challenges in 2016!
The ten challenges included in this new ebook are written in the format of the Outdoor Hour Challenges that can be found on the blog. Each weekly challenge can be completed as you have the opportunity and you can complete as much or as little of each challenge as you have time and interest.
Each challenge has three parts: inside preparation work, outdoor time, and then a follow-up activity. Each challenge is written so you can adapt it to your own backyard or local area. Use the challenge ideas to get started with simple weekly nature study using the Handbook of Nature Study.
This ebook is written for families with children of all ages. In addition to the regular challenge, new to this ebook is the addition of suggested nature study activities and follow-up for more advanced students. I included “advanced follow-up” ideas and created “upper level” notebook pages to give each challenge a deeper study if you have children who are ready for additional learning opportunities.
Also, a new feature for Charlotte Mason style homeschoolers is the addition of suggested Charlotte Mason style exam questions to be used at the end of the term. The questions are meant to help your child recall and then share in some way his nature study experience. Since this is the first time I have included exam questions, I would love to hear your feedback after using them with your children. I am planning on using them with my high school age son.
- Ten challenges centered on the Handbook of Nature Study
- Eleven notebook pages and eight coloring pages
- Thirteen Upper Level notebook pages
- Ten Charlotte Mason style exam questions
- Complete instructions for each challenge included additional links and resources
- Nature journal suggestions
- Complete list of supplies needed
- Coordinates with the monthly Outdoor Hour Challenge Newsletter ideas
- 52 pages
- Sample here: More Nature Study Autumn
Here are some alternate ideas that are suggested in the ebook along with ideas for study:
- Milkweed – any other autumn wildflower or weed
- Leaf Miners – examine leaves with a hand lens
- Pears – year long tree study
- Cobwebs of all kinds
- Fall Color – leaf gathering
- Chipmunk – squirrel
- House sparrow – any other bird
- Leaf Close Up
- Thistles – any other fall composite flower
- Maple seeds – any tree that has seeds of any type
As always, please email me with any questions or comments. [email protected]