Monday, June 30, 2014

Exploring the Great Outdoors with Poppins Book Nook

It isn't hard to convince the kids to explore outside at this time of year. They have also been noticing some big differences between the landscapes of Texas and the more humid Lousianna. Their favorite changes are all the dragonflies and the tree lined parks and streets!

In an effort to identify all the different trees we went to the library. Our favorite identification guide was  Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing the Trees by Jim Arnosky.

The friendly character of Crinkle foot was created in the 70s by Mr Arnosky.
His guide to the trees is part tall tale and part nature guide. With each whimsical illustration we are led through a forest. Crinkle root points out the structure of tree and how the environment can effect a trees shape.

There is also a lot of information about how to use the leaves and seeds on a tree to identify it.

For the last few weeks we have been taking pictures and collecting leaves and seeds. It turned into a fun project the kids have identified over 20 different trees and added the labeled pictures into their nature journal.

I hope you are all enjoying your summer! Please take some time to check out all of the other posts linked up for this month's Poppins Book Nook. They are sure to inspire even more summer fun for you and your family.

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama