Nature Study

Win a Back-To-School Toolkit!

Win a Back-To-School Toolkit!

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Homeschooling High School Science

Homeschooling High School Science

(This post contains affiliate links and links to my business, Shining Dawn Books.) Is Homeschooling High School Science Intimidating? Yes, it can be.  I’ve found so many wonderful resources to make it easier, though! Apologia We now have two years under our belt using Exploring Creation with Biology and Exploring Creation With Chemistry from Apologia. …

A Walk to the Mailbox

It’s been a long winter in Kentucky. Considering we had snow yesterday (March 6th), you could say I’m just a little more than ready for spring.  Just before the weather turned chilly, I took an autumn walk down the long gravel road to the mailbox.  I thought I’d share a few nature scenes that blessed…

Nature Walk Clipboards

Nature Walk Clipboards

While school supply shopping at Walmart the other day, I ran across some clipboard storage boxes in several fun colors.  I remembered Maureen from Spell Out Loud mentioning using these nature walk clipboards with her family, so I put three in my cart.  Wow – they have been a wonderful addition to our nature walks!…

Fine Arts Tuesday #3

Fine Arts Tuesday was another hit this week.  I don’t think any of us are going to get tired of it anytime soon! Early morning nature study was a simple summer scavenger hunt. Art and classical music were combined this week.  In a simple activity, you play a piece of classical music and let the…

What’s Keeping Us Busy?

Why am I on a blogging break? The Nature E-Book. The CHEK Convention.   Yep, that’s me in the speaker’s section!  You might pray for me, I’m getting a bit nervous.  At the same time, I’m VERY excited!  I’ll be doing a workshop on adding creative touches to your homeschool.  I think more than anything, I’m…

Sinkholes = Caves!

We’ve known about a couple of sinkholes on our farm since we bought it six years ago.  Of course, when you think sinkhole, you think cave.  Especially living in Central KY and knowing that limestone is a predominate rock in our area. A couple of summers ago, we found cave dwelling salamander – fittingly called…

Rare Close-up Observance

We have hawks on our farm that we’ve spotted before.  Usually we see them swooping through the sky or hear their screachy call.  On occasion, we’ve come upon one on the fence post, but it’s always flown away very quickly.  The other day, though, we were given a rare opportunity by this red-tailed hawk to…

Hot Rocks!

Making hot rocks was SO much fun!  Since we just happened to be doing the rocks and minerals section of our earth science unit, the craft fit in perfectly.  The rocks turned out so well, we entered them in the craft division of our co-op’s expo. Heat rocks in the oven at 350 for 15…