Okay, Internet Friends! Who wants to help out a couple of homeschool girls with a little project/lesson? It encompasses geography, climate study, nature study, and even fits in with our Explorers of North America unit. And it'll only take 15 minutes of your time.
Here is your mission, should you choose to accept it:
Head outdoors with a pen and a piece of paper. Start looking around and listening. Your goal is to write down as many things that are "nature" as you can in that fifteen minutes. There are obvious "big" things - trees, bushes, snow, clouds, maybe some birds. But if you look closer, you'll also be able to find some tiny little details: animal tracks in snow or mud, seed heads on dead weeds, blades of green grass where the snow has melted, spider webs, a live fly on the warm side of your house. Just look around and see what you can see, hear what you can hear. Is the moon up right now? Can you hear the call of a familiar bird?
When you've got a list, you can send it to me on Facebook or at Mama2Girls82 at gmail dot com. Let me know where you're at, and if you'd consider yourself rural or city. Bonus points if you want to include the time of day you made your list - sometimes that can be interesting. Bonus points, too, for any trees, birds, etc. that you can identify. What seems commonplace to you might be really interesting stuff to Two Little Girls who are used to seeing only snow and cedar.
We're going to use the lists to compare and contrast different parts of the country, imagine what it would've been like for explorers as they traveled across the New World, find places on maps, and look up species we don't have around here to study and draw.
Thanks so much for taking the time to help us out! I'll let you know how the project turns out, when we finish up with it.