Observing Trees with Blessed Little Thistle

What’s cuter than two little boys outside studying trees, and working together? Not much. Christy at Blessed Little Thistle shared her day with us.

Observing Trees with Nancy Larson Science 1

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Nancy Larson Science 1 - Booklet 2 ReviewSince it’s a dreary day here and much of the country has already seen snow on the ground, I thought we’d look back at a much warmer view of our homeschool days. We finished up our lesson with Nancy Larson Science 1 on Observing Trees a Nancy Larson Science 1 - Booklet 2 Reviewcouple of weeks ago, and just in time, too. The weather has been crazy here in Tennessee with a couple dustings of snow, a little ice, wind advisories, and rain, rain, rain. Outdoor studies were a little tricky with our ever-changing weather.Nancy Larson Science 1 - Booklet 2 Review But we managed to sneak in a lovely hike before the trees lost all their leaves and fruit and beauty.  Equipped with our Peterson’s Tree Field Guide that came with our Nancy Larson Science 1 kit, we headed out for a hike. We hiked deep into the woods and came to a lovely clearing with mature persimmon trees and the lovely smell of fermenting fruit on the ground.

Nancy Larson Science 1 - Booklet 2 ReviewThere was plenty to explore from bugs and fermentation to leaves and bark. We took our time exploring our field guide each time we came across a tree someone was interested in. We climbed trees and observed the bees, wasps, ladybugs, and flies that kept us company there. And we spent the next few weeks discussing what we observed during our hike from the comfort of our classroom. Nancy Larson Science 1 - Booklet 2 Review  Nancy Larson Science 1 - Booklet 2 ReviewEach time there was a break in the crazy weather we would observe the trees and shrubs in our own yard. Other times we would observe what we could through our classroom window. And, now, even though we’re technically finished with the lesson, we’ll extend it a little when we cut our Christmas tree this week and bring it home. Nancy Larson Science 1 - Booklet 2 ReviewWe’ll observe how the tree will survive over the next few weeks without the roots we learned about at the beginning of the unit and how it responds to being cut through oozing of sap.   We’ll watch it drop its needles and discuss its fragrance. It’ll be an easy, organic review of the information during the crazy holiday season.


Developmental Science with Nancy Larson

Christy writes at Blessed Little Thistle.

We’ve wrapped up our first booklet with Nancy Larson Science 1. Booklet A was all about developmental science. We explored all the stages of life from infant to elderly adult. We had fun looking at baby photos and pictures of a few family members Owen’s never even met, like my great grandmother. Developmental-Science-with-Nancy-Larson-HomeschoolThe first booklet was a nice gentle introduction to “doing science”. The lessons were easy but challenging enough to keep him engaged. I’m loving those scripted lessons. While I like to be engaged with the kids during school as much as possible, it’s so nice sometimes to just open the lesson, read it, and still see results without having to jump through hoops in the planning department. Sometimes I don’t want the hoops, man. But I also don’t want to waste my time on a lesson. If he’s not retaining it I don’t care how easy it is to execute. And let me tell you, the retention and recall with Nancy Larson has been great. Win, win. Developmental-Science-with-Nancy-Larson-HomeschoolA review of the previous lesson at the beginning of every new lesson ensures the material stays fresh and the student is able to build on the knowledge. I’m really excited to show you what’s been going on in Booklet B but for now let’s take a peak at our first booklet.The picture of the adolescent stick figure talking on the phone slays me. So cute. And, let’s be real for a minute. ‘Adolescent’ is a  hard word to say when you’re 7. Never really locked that one down. I’m thinking ‘teenager’ might’ve been easier. But this is science, man. Developmental-Science-with-Nancy-Larson-HomeschoolWe’re just prepping for many more years of hard-to-pronounce scientific words.We had a little project that required us to cut out pictures of each life stage from magazines and sort them out for making a book in the next lesson. Since most of my magazines are seed catalogs or about farming or country life we had plenty of ‘adults’ and few ‘infants’. But Owen was diligent in his search and it turns out Martha Stewart came through for us in the end.Developmental-Science-with-Nancy-Larson-HomeschoolDevelopmental-Science-with-Nancy-Larson-HomeschoolI had to laugh at Owen’s choices for ‘elderly adult’. I wonder how “The Dude” would feel about being put in the ‘elderly adult’ category? We’ve got Michael Bloomberg in there, too. He probably doesn’t care. But The Dude?! Yeah, he’s not feeling it.Developmental-Science-with-Nancy-Larson-Homeschool


Stay tuned for Booklet B. We’ve been botanists “Observing Trees”. Being the nature-minded bunch we’re all pretty excited to share what we’ve learned.

Christy writes at Blessed Little Thistle.