How To Use The Outdoor Hour Challenge 2013-14

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Step By Step Instructions for the Outdoor Hour Challenge
Starting September 1, 2013
  • Receive the monthly newsletter on the 1st of the month (subscribers to the Handbook of Nature Study blog).
  • In the newsletter, view the printable Challenge Grid for the four topics for the up-coming month. If the topic is from the archives, I provide the link to the challenge on my blog and the link to the ebook it is from if applicable.This way you can prepare for the challenges ahead of time if you wish.
  • If you own the applicable ebooks, you can open those and print the coordinating notebook pages to use during the month. This is not required but would supplement the current month’s work.
  • Print and cut out the newsletter Study Grid or other printable for use during the month.
  • Complete the challenges at your own pace and create your blog entries as you have time.
  • Submit your blog entries to the Outdoor Hour Challenge blog carnival. Become part of the global community of nature study families that participates in the monthly carnival of entries sharing how you spent time outdoors with your family.
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Seasonal Studies: Each month from September 2013 to August 2014 – I am going to be recycling challenges from the archives, pulling them from older nature study series and ebooks. Each month will not be topical but have a variety of nature study ideas that fit the season (Northern Hemisphere). I will also give you ideas from the Getting Started Ebook if you already own that and would like to use it instead or in addition to the seasonal ebooks.

Note that the Getting Started ebook is available in every level of access: Ultimate, Journey, and Discovery.

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Resources Needed for 2013 – 2014:

  1. Monthly Newsletter so you have the topic, the challenge ideas ahead of time, and the newsletter printables. The newsletter is free to all who subscribe to my Handbook of Nature Study blog.
  2. Handbook of Nature Study book by Anna Botsford Comstock – I recommend the edition linked on the sidebar of my blog.
  3. Optional but recommended: The seasonal series or ebook that coordinates with the season we are currently experiencing (see schedule below).  All of the challenges are available for free here on the blog (see the seasonal tabs at the top of the blog) but each ebook gathers the challenges and includes coordinating printable notebook pages.
  4. Optional: A copy of the Outdoor Hour Challenge Getting Started ebook. Of course, the challenges in the ebook are available on the Handbook of Nature Study blog for free but if you want the notebook pages you will need to purchase the ebook.
  5. Highly recommend: Nature journal or nature notebook.

Schedule of Ebooks to Be Used Sept. 2013 – Aug. 2014

NOTE: This bundle is still available until 8/1/14. You can purchase it here: Select Membership Level.

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Special Offer: 
Purchase all three ebooks for this year’s nature study for $16.95 (regular price $24.85)
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  1. Sounds great Barb! I am looking forward to having our OHC time follow the seasons once again. I have missed that! Thanks for all your hard work, it is so appreciated!

  2. thanks for pulling this all together!

  3. Thanks Heather and Shirley…looking forward to revisiting a lot of the older challenges myself!

  4. Your work and efforts are such a blessing to us all! Thank you, Barb, for so graciously sharing your time and talents!

  5. Your work and efforts are such a blessing to us all! Thank you, Barb, for so graciously sharing your time and talents!

  6. Your work and efforts are such a huge blessing to us all! Thank you, Barb, for so graciously sharing your time and talents!

  7. Bridget Green says:

    This page is amazing! Just so I’m clear on this though, I can do all of the challenges with my kids without purchasing anything, so long as I don’t need the notebooking pages?

    • Barb McCoy says:

      Yes you can find all of the challenges under the tabs at the top by topic and by season. :)

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