Fantastic Foto Field Trips : November Link Up 2013

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Have you braved the cold to field trip with your kids this month? Any holiday learning experiences on the go?

These are Smoky Mountain trees in TN. Such a lovely place. #fall #America #TN #leaves

Where have you been lately? What have you seen?

Your field trip ideas inspire us. Join us here each month (the last Friday of each month) to link up your field trips. Our readers showcase their field trip links, linking recent trips or not-so-recent trips here on our linky tool below. It doesn’t matter how old your link is, but please only post the link to a particular field trip once. Wherever you are going – inquiring homeschool minds want to hear about it (and see pretty pictures!)…

 

>Rules for linking up:

1. Your Fantastic Foto Fieldtrips post must be about a field trip and must contain photos.

2. There is no date limit on when you posted the article on your blog (ancient stuff from 2005 is acceptable).

3. You can include as many links as you want each month — the more the merrier (wow us!).

4. Do not link back to your main blog page — just the url from the actual field trip post and a title of where it was would be great: example — Sprittibee/Hiking

5. Be sure to use the graphic for the meme either in your post or sidebar (or both)

Feel free to browse back through our older Fantastic Foto Fieldtrip posts to find great links and fun picture posts.

Just click on the field trips category on our sidebar and scroll away! We can’t wait to join you on your your adventures.


Sprittibee

Sprittibee (287 Posts)

Founder of the Homeschool Post | Homeschool enthusiast with two high school teens and two preschooling tots in the Austin, Texas area. Heather has been homeschooling over 11 years and blogging over 8 years. You can also find her - be it a little less formal - at her personal blog, Sprittibee.com


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The Weather Outside is Frightful: Nature Study in the Winter

Winter Nature Study

As the days grow colder and shorter, the first subject that falls by the wayside is our nature study. Since our homeschool is Charlotte Mason influenced, we try to fit in nature study at least once a week. Winter presents challenges in keeping this goal, but I’ve discovered that it takes a little planning, embracing technology, and making the most of the season.

Digital Nature Study

One of my favorite ways to study nature when the weather is less than accommodating is to use photos that I have taken. Whenever we travel or take walk through the neighborhood, I try to snap photos of the local flowers, trees, wildlife, etc. I try to capture close-ups from different angles and a full shot if possible. Then when outdoor nature study is not going to happen, I can pull up a picture or two, see if we can determine the plant or animal’s name, and learn a little bit about it. The important thing to remember is to save your photos with a date and location. For example I took these photos of a wildflower on October 27 in Boxley Valley, Arkansas:

  Flower Power

Having date and location should help us identify the plant when we use it for nature study in the coming months.

Nature Docs

Nature documentaries are wonderful to use in the winter months, especially if they are ones about warm, tropical places. Choose a documentary and study everything you can about that topic for a couple of weeks or a month. Recently our family enjoyed the David Attenborough documentary, Africa. We extended the movie by reading books about the featured animals, learning about the savanna/grassland habitat, and even worked in some geography by locating the places on a map of Africa. If you need some movies to get you started I highly recommend any of David Attenborough’s films, the Disney Nature series, and Winged Migration (if nothing else, watch this one because the cinematography is AMAZING!)

Nature Study Museum

Throughout the year I look for things to add to our nature study museum. It houses interesting things that we grab during the year that can be preserved for study. During the winter months I’ll grab something out of the box, and we’ll study it. So far we’ve collected a wasp nest, a very large pinecone, maple tree seeds, bird feathers, cicada exoskeletons, and some acorns. The kids love to help add things to the box and to choose something out of the box to study. I love using the nature study museum because it helps all of us practice our sketching as well. It’s a great way to bring nature inside to you when you don’t want to go outside!

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 Wonderful Winter

Instead of dreading the winter months, embrace them! Use cold weather to focus on things that happen in the winter months in the natural world. Study snow, ice, and snowflakes. Explore what animals and plants do to survive the winter months. Place a bird feeder to two in your yard and try to identify any visitors you have. I enjoy studying the moon and stars in the winter months because the sky is crisp and clear. The summer haze and humidity are gone giving a fabulous view of the night sky. We pile into the car, drive out of town into the country, and park along a road. Then we look up and observe through the sunroof while still keeping toasty warm.

Make winter work for you and your homeschool. Nature study doesn’t need to stop just because the temperature drops!

Chelli (6 Posts)

Chelli has been homeschooling for five years and married for ten. She has three children Chipette (4th grade), Magpie (1st grade), and Monkey (3 years old). When she's not educating or blogging at The Planted Trees, you can generally find her with her nose in a book, cooking up something yummy in the kitchen, or if she's really lucky you can't find her at all because she's traveling with friends and family.


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Free November Desktop Wallpaper 2013

Free November Desktop Wallpaper 2013 from @hsbapost

November is the season of harvest and thanks, leaves and pumpkins, cider and spice. I know more than a few homeschool families who are counting down the days until there’s a much needed break in the normal routine; when they will take time for feasting and fellowship with family and friends.

How do you teach your kids to count their blessings and begin a habit of praise?

Here’s a little poem to get you in the the “November” mood:

Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, – a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.

~George Herbert

Happy Thanksgiving month, from all of us at the Homeschool Post!

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Thank you to our photographer, Sasisekar Bhattar, this month that took this fabulous picture of a park bench surrounded by autumn glory. Be sure to click over to his Flickr account to tell him how stunning it is! I love it when people share their art with us, so we can admire it each month as we count our days down.

In Him,


Sprittibee

Sprittibee (287 Posts)

Founder of the Homeschool Post | Homeschool enthusiast with two high school teens and two preschooling tots in the Austin, Texas area. Heather has been homeschooling over 11 years and blogging over 8 years. You can also find her - be it a little less formal - at her personal blog, Sprittibee.com


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