{Wild Challenge} Signs of Spring

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This year we’ve decided to take on the RSPB Wild Challenge as a family and we’re currently working towards our Bronze Award. For each award you need to complete three “Experience Nature” activities and three “Help Nature” activities. We started with an experience nature activity looking for signs of spring in our beloved weekly nature spot, Candie Gardens.

We spied new buds, admired spring bulbs, sniffed sweet blossoms, counted petals, compared leaves, listened to bird song and hunted for bugs and frogs.

Here’s our photo evidence:

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What are your favourite signs of spring?

 

 

{Autumn Nature Study}

Autumn Nature Study 2019 | The Open Home

“Why be indoors when you can rightly be without.” – Charlotte Mason

The autumn started with such promise, our conker hoard was large this year, but October proved to be the wettest October for many a decade and the rain persisted well into autumn making nature walks increasingly difficult.

We still gathered and explored where we could and diligently kept an eye on our beloved ginkgo tree to be sure not to miss it in all its autumn glory.

We learnt a lot about seasonal weather and bird migration this autumn and have also signed up to the RSPB Wild Challenge and are looking forward to working towards our bronze award in the new year.

Here are some of the snapshots:

Autumn Nature Study 2019 | The Open Home
Golden sunshine on our first conker hunt of the season.
Autumn Nature Study 2019 | The Open Home
Sensory fun!
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Bubbles’ first nature journal entry.
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The return of welly boot season.
Autumn Nature Study 2019 | The Open Home
Autumn nature walks in Cumbria.
Autumn Nature Study 2019 | The Open Home
Nature walk at Derwent Water, the home of Squirrel Nutkin.
Autumn Nature Study 2019 | The Open Home
Gruffalo spotting and squirrel hunting on our way up Orrest Head.
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A successful climb to the top of Orrest Head.
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Rambling in the Lake District.
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Wild and Free.
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Fabulous fungi.
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Rock climbing our way to Rydal Cave.
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Exploring Rydal Cave.
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Autumn views at Rydal Water.
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Autumn crafts.
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Nature walks with our fellow Nature Explorers.
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Blossom’s bird migration work.
Autumn Nature Study 2019 | The Open Home
Ginkgo magic.
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The simple joy of autumn leaves!

 

What did you enjoy most about nature this (wet and windy) Autumn?

{Spring Nature Study}

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“Why be indoors when you can rightly be without.” – Charlotte Mason

Spring never disappoints us. We appreciate every new bloom that comes through, every new bird that visits and every new addition down on the farm.

This spring we’ve learnt about the circle of life as we said goodbye to one pet goat and welcomed in another. We joined in Guernsey’s first BioBlitz and left with a new appreciation for moths and voles. We’ve seen improved skill through our nature journaling, started to dabble in some nature photography and even began work on our very own wildlife garden.

Here are some of the snapshots:

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Up close with the bees and bulbs.
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New arrivals down on the farm.
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Coastal walks and interesting nest sites.
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Rockpooling with Daddy at Chouet.
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Nature journaling first signs of spring.
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Watching the starlings fly overhead.
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Happy days down on the farm.
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Discovering new-to-us bays.
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Joining in the BioBlitz.
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The six-spot burnet moth in all it’s glory.
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My trusty nature backpack.
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Delicate egg discovery from the western parishes.

What did you enjoy most about nature this Spring?

{Winter Nature Study}

Winter Nature Study 2019 | The Open Home

“Why be indoors when you can rightly be without.” – Charlotte Mason

Winter can be a challenging season for exploring nature and if I’m honest my enthusiasm for it was lagging a little at the start of this year.

We persevered though and kept going outdoors and in the process discovered that beach combing and rock pooling really is the perfect nature activity for the cold winter months. Honestly, when the trees are bare, the birds are still south and the fields have few flowers, the sea shore makes for a wonderful playground.

We’re feeling ready for our spring nature study now though and have been excitedly searching for hints of spring since the start of the year!

Here are some of the snapshots:

Winter Nature Study 2019 | The Open Home
Pebble games on Fermain with our fellow Nature Explorers.
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Lots of sea anemones spotted at low tide on Chouet.
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First starfish discovered, also at Chouet.
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Rock climbing at Petit Bot.
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Hide & seek in the local park.
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We spotted our first daffodils back in mid January.
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A sensory scavenger hunt in our favourite park.
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Glorious winter sunshine.
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First signs of Spring.
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A new year and a new calendar of firsts.

What do you enjoy most about nature this Winter?

{Autumn Nature Study}

Autumn Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home

“Why be indoors when you can rightly be without.” – Charlotte Mason

We’ve entered into our second year of home educating this autumn and I’m delighted to say we’re still loving it. The rhythm of the year continues to play a big part in our learning and the season of autumn is one of our favourites.

We’ve hunted for conkers, searched for mini-beasts, identified nuts, berries and leaves, painted pumpkins, discussed hibernation, explored the woods for mushrooms, lichen and moss, and soaked in that glorious autumn sun.

Here are some of the snapshots:

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Frolicking in the leaves.
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Frog spotting.
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Glorious mushrooms.
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Autumn Wonderland.
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Pumpkin Picking.
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Autumn favourites.
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Into the woods.
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Fabulous fungi.
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Magnificent toadstools.
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Play. The natural way.
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Journal time.
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The ginkgo in all it’s glory.

What do you enjoy most about nature this Autumn?

{Summer Nature Study}

Summer Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home

“Why be indoors when you can rightly be without.” – Charlotte Mason

Nature study this summer has been way less structured than our norm partly because our nature group broke for the summer back in July but also because those warm sunny days just generally lend themselves perfectly to simple beach explorations and spontaneous coastal walks.

We’ve identified shells, hunted for crabs and explored many a rock pool. We’ve monitored tadpoles, marvelled at bees and stopped to smell the flowers.

We’ve been so busy immersing ourselves in the splendour of summer that I’ve snapped few photos to share with you here, but sometimes less is more so here are our summer snap shots anyway:

Summer Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Foraging for crabs.
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Sensory play at it’s best.
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Summer blooms and sweet scents.
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Spring’s tadpoles became Summer’s frogs.
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Calendar of Firsts in our nature journals.

 

What do you enjoy most about nature this Summer?

{Spring Nature Study}

Spring Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home

“Why be indoors when you can rightly be without.” – Charlotte Mason

Although autumn is my absolute favourite season, spring has proved to be one of my favourite seasons for nature study.

This term we’ve done lots of walking and climbing and stepping out of our comfort zones to get up close with nature. We took a closer look at snails and caterpillars, watched nesting birds, identified wild flowers along the cliffs of Guernsey, learnt about plant life cycles and the differences between frogs and toads.

And without even realising it we’ve now added in a weekly mother-daughter nature journaling session to our homeschool week. Its something we both enjoy doing together and I love that Blossom gets to see me learning right alongside her.

Here are some of the snap shots:

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April showers and petal gathering at our regular nature spot.
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The big spring tidy up.
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Wild flower cliff walk with our Nature Explorers group.
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Identifying and drawing our finds.
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Our spring/summer nature walks tend to lead us to the sea.
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Bird watching, duckling spotting and tree climbing at our favourite park.
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Grey days are still great days for exploring!
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Mother-daughter nature journaling.

What do you enjoy most about nature this Spring?