Friday, March 21, 2008

Green Hour Assignments 5 and 6

Somewhere along the line, between the cold weather and the wind and rain, my little band got left behind at Green Assignment number 5.

Not to worry though, we decided to combine them, because on a sunny spring day, why not let the kids out into the back garden and roam.

This was an easy pair of assignments to combine…

The kids ran around hunting flowers, while I wrote down their names, locations and other things of interest.

Then I let Rebel collect a sample of each, for us to press.

I had hope to build a flower press in the next few days, but that was not really soon enough for us, so we… pressed a dictionary into use! :)

I have an idea in the back of my head, to follow a suggestion of Barb’s… a nature box.

This would indeed be a useful place to put our pinecones, the bone Rebel found at the park, and a selection of shells and rocks gathered.

Later I hope to include either a series of cards with our pressed flowers, or maybe a book :) I already have on of my own from YEARS ago ;)

In a few days, I hope to add the Henbits we pressed a few weeks ago, to our newly started Herbarium, ready for their fellow pressed comrades ;)

In the meantime. I am going to encourage the kids to use the tiny little booklets I made, to make some observations about the chosen flowers we studied today… the Daffodil and the Violet.

I'll come by and update the post with what we find!

ETA: Some Journal Pages

I made Rebel and M'Lady a tiny notebook each, with a few sheets of paper, trimmed in half, then folded in half to make a quarter sized notebook.

The daffodil page...

And the Violet page :) Both drawn on site, in our back garden!


Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

Hi Rachel,

You are very right, no problem combining these two assignments. :) Just don't forget to do your reading because so much of what I talk about in the challenges is just the barest minimum compared to the book.

Don't tell anyone.....flower presses are in on the schedule later on. :)

And those cards you are talking about.....they are coming quickly too. :)

You are just too far ahead of the game and I love it.

Have a great week,
Barb-Harmony Art Mom

Spinneretta said...

Shhh… don’t tell anyone, but my kids don’t even realize they are doing lessons!! :)
I definitely read my stuff… I even read last week’s assignment LAST week… just the weather was not cooperating with me too well, so I re-read everything today when I took the kids out. Besides which, I LIKE reading the book- I learn so much! It truly does make you think more...
I couldn’t bare to tear open my single daffodil though, so when my son gets back inside, I will show him yours ;)

Theresa said...

Nice job! I love the little quarter-size booklets. I make them all the time for JBug and she loves filling them up with her little scribblings--very cute.

Makita said...

What fun! I know the kids will enjoy building upon their collection over the years. :)

Melissal89 said...

I like your little notebook idea! Great start to a collection!

Blessings, Melissa
In the Sparrow's Nest

Anonymous said...

What a great time you are having...
such fun!

Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

Hi Rachel,

Would you be interested in submitting this to the Learning in the Great Outdoors blog carnival that will be coming out next week? I am hosting and I would love to include this in the carnival.

If you are interested, here is the link to the submission form:

Thanks so much,
Barb-Harmony Art Mom

Andrea said...

I love the flowers! Spring is starting to peak it's head out around here, but we don't have any flowers yet. I can't wait. I love your notebook idea!

School for Us said...

Great photos of the flowers... and I LOVE your nature journal! Very neat!!!

Spinneretta said...

After one or two false starts... I think I managed it Barb ;) Thanks for the invite!