Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Green Hour Challenge #1

One thing that we have really missed out on during my blog block are the Green Hour Challenges at The Heart of Harmony. They are wonderful, and even though we are late to the game, we are going to join in.

First thing this morning, we went out to take a walk around our neighboorhood for Challenge #1. We have not done much nature study, and are true suburbanites, so we are still learning how to observe nature. The kids weren't noticing much, but kind of got into it by the end of the walk.

Our observations...

Two squirrels were chasing each other around and up the trunk of a tree (really funny). (We couldn't get close enough for a picture, so I'm using one I took last May in our backyard.)

These lilies were in full bloom in several yards. I am still trying to figure out exactly what kind of lily they are.

Our yesterday, today, and tomorrows are blooming. You can see the range of colors of the blooms in this picture.

Robert discovered this ant bed (nest?). You can't tell from the picture, but there are a lot of very tiny, but busy, ants.

After coming home, we read about ants and squirrels in The Handbook of Nature Study. I was thrilled to actually use this book, after having it sit on my shelf for about a year.

We didn't spend long on this - probably 30 minutes total. We haven't done any drawings yet, and I don't know if we will get that done this week. However, we did have nature study and I am thrilled about that. Thank you, Barb, for giving us an easy plan to follow! It was just what we needed.


Unknown said...

What a great start! I am so glad that you are joining the Green Hour Challenges....the more the merrier. I think the best part of the challenges is the sense of community that we are building by sharing our family's experiences in nature. In nature study there are no wrong answers. :)

I love squirrels and they are fun to watch. Thanks for sharing your nature time.

Barb-Harmony Art Mom

Tami, full-time mom; part-time foodie said...

You are talking me into starting the Green Hour challenge. However, there is still snow on the ground here. I'm thinking of getting a Green Hour group together over the summer.

Looks like you had a great time!

: )

Anonymous said...

Great pictures! We're still waiting for more green here too, but it's amazing what we've learned from these challenges. I'm so glad we joined in.

Tina in WA said...

It is so good to see you back! :o)

What a wonderful Green Hour! I can't wait to see more of you adventures.