We finally broke out the nature notebook and put our first flower in it! I think this is going to be a science success this school year because Emma really really enjoyed the whole process.
Here’s what we did. First, I bought this field guide used on Amazon. LOVE it!
If you’re looking for recommendations, these are great guides – I’ll be buying the trees guide next. :)
Our nature walk was just around our yard for this first time – we found these growing at the base of our mailboxes:
We looked them up in the field guide…
There they are!
They look a lot like morning glories, don’t they? But if you look up Morning Glories on Google images they’re all vibrant purples and pinks and blues – and they’re larger. When you look up Bindweed (wild morning glory) you can see that they’re white and pink-tinged. I think these flowers are still pretty, too bad they have such an unromantic name (as Anne would say). ;-)
Next we brought the field guide and a sample flower inside to paint. It was kind of hard to reign Emma in as far as colors go so I didn’t try too hard. ;-)
We’re going to keep it simple for now but hopefully we’ll be adding more details and facts about the plants later in the year. For now this is enough. :) There will be other nature journals!
I did check out the entry on Bindweed in the Handbook of Nature Study (free online) and I can see why people love it for studying nature. It’s charming and story-like in the way it talks about the life around us. :)
Here’s my picture:
Are you keeping a nature notebook? I would love to see yours!
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