Monday, January 16, 2017

New Home!

Hello and thank you for dropping by. This blog has moved and is now hosted on Wordpress.

Please do come on over to my NEW home and remember to update your links to www.underanenglishsky.com if you are a regular visitor.

Blessings, Shirley

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Nature Plans for January


Happy New Year! I really love the feel of a new start don't you? As you can see I have done a bit of housekeeping on the blog - cleaned it up and added some of my favourite homeschooling and planning resources that I regularly use to my side bar. You will also notice that at the end of each of my posts I will have some recommended resources for you to check out. It might be homeschool related, sometimes planning related or even just what books I am enjoying at the time.

Today was our first day back at lessons. I have to confess to not having spent a minute of our holiday time in any planning activities with regards to January what-so-ever. So today I thought I would take a bit of time and jot down some nature themes and plans for January.


What does January Bring:

  • It is said that, "As the days lengthen, the cold strengthens" - January is usually the coldest month of the year.
  • Full Wolf Moon - January 12th
  • Snowdrops flower
  • Spring Bulbs push through frozen earth
  • Hungry months for birds - keep feeders well stocked
  • Frost

January's Nature Studies & Goals

  • Bird - The Blackcap (we only see this bird in winter)
  • The Snowdrop
  • Participate in The Big Garden Birdwatch - Citizen Science project
  • Winter World Observations & Journal entry
  • Utilise OHC newsletter - have you subscribed to this wonderful free resource yet? Hop on over to Barb's Handbook of Nature website and sign up!
  • Nature Journal - to make at least one entry per week. Personally I want to improve my art skills so I'm going to keep a visual journal in addition to my nature journal so as to practise improving my sketching and painting.
  • Use 'The Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady' and 'Janet Marshes Nature Diary' throughout the year. Each week we shall read a little from each books relative month and compare our own observations to those made 110 and 30 odd years ago respectively.

My Top Nature Study Books Recommended For You.


I have put together a little slide show of our favourite books that we use for our Charlotte Mason inspired nature studies in our homeschool. Each of these books has been used extensively in our homeschool over the years and I really could not imagine our nature study without any of them. They have added such a richness to our learning! I have also put a permanent link to all these books in my sidebar so that you don't have to go trawling through all my posts to find it at a later date.



Below is another resource that I really recommend to homeschoolers with children in their kindergarten and elementary years. These are wonderful unit studies written in an inspired Charlotte Mason style. It's not just nature study you are getting, you get art, poetry and composer study suggestions as well as lots of hands on activities to do together. I am reviewing one of these nature study units over on The Curriculum Choice on January 10th, so if you want to know more pop over then and have a look. I will of course give you a reminder on the day ;)

Anyhoo, that's about it for today. I hope that your week is off to a good start and that your own nature plans are all on track. I'll see you back here very soon.
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