Fungi Nature Study – and a FREE Coloring Page!

It’s that time of year, when the temperature cools down and the rain picks up ~ the perfect time to hunt for mushrooms! Fungi are so unique and mysterious, they're one of my favorite things to study alongside with the kids. Here are some of the resources we'll be using over the next couple of…

Our Curriculum Picks for Kindergarten

I can't believe my little guy is in Kindergarten already - cue tears! This will be round two for me, and I've collected a few more resources over the years that I'm excited to use with him.  We don't do a lot of actual sit-down time for Kindergarten, as I believe play and time outdoors…

Our Curriculum Picks and Book List for Grade 3

There's just something about the new school year that always makes me a little giddy. By about January, I'll be tempted to ditch everything and try something new - but DON'T WORRY. I've learned this is normal. I'm committed. 🙂 This is going to be a long post, with a massive booklist - so feel…

Water Birds and Shore Birds – and a FREE Printable!

This week the kids and I are heading to a local wetland habitat to look for majestic water birds, some of the most amazing pond creatures, in my opinion. Want to study with us? Feel free to add this water birds coloring page to your week - download it for free! DOWNLOAD THE FREEBIE! We…

Flower Pounding Craft + Wildflower Nature Study

It's wildflower season here in Colorado - my favorite time of year to hike in the mountains surrounded by color! Last week we went up to one of our favorite spots and collected the most gorgeous bouquet, including some of my favorites: chiming bells, larkspur, Indian paintbrush, lilies and geraniums. I've already pressed these beauties…

Amazing Moths and Night Creatures – and FREE Printables!

It’s National Moth Week! Did you know that moths outnumber butterflies 9 to 1? There are so many beautiful and amazing species and they’re important nocturnal pollinators. Over the next couple of weeks the kids and I are going to be looking at the summer night sky and all of the creatures that come with…

Summer Trees: Nature Study Lesson Plan

We study trees all throughout the year - partly because my husband is a forester and trees are a big part of our lives (they're like family!), but also because there's just SO much to learn about! So here, I present to you, our favorite resources for learning about trees. Tree Nature Study Resources This…

Learning About Honey Bees ~ A Complete Nature Study Lesson Plan

Honey bees are one of our favorite nature study topics ~ they are such amazing creatures! Their hives are incredibly efficient, with different jobs assigned to their workers, like: Nurse bees, who care for the youngGuard bees that stand watch at the entrance of the hiveThe queen's attendants, which bathe and feed the queenConstruction workers,…

37 Favorite Books from our First Grade Homeschool

Wow, did we cover a lot this past year! I finally went and sorted through the books my son and I worked our way through for his first grade year. It made me smile to see all the different subjects we covered - art, music, biographies, history, science, culture... I realized what a rich homeschool…

The Ultimate Nature Themed Holiday Gift List for Kids

Field Supplies Huckleberry Dual Wooden Magnifying Glass Child-Sized Binoculars Wooden Digital Point-and-Shoot Hiking Rucksack Explorer Backpack Stellarscope Star Finder Lensatic Compass Blank Watercolor Nature Journal Beginner watercolor Paints and Brushes Watercolor Paints Pocket Box Audubon Bird Caller Necklace My First Pocket Knife Pocket Swing/Portable Hammock for Kids Educational Toys and Puzzles Insect Specimens Pack Catch…