Learning About the World Around You

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Do you take your children outside to experience the world around them on a regular basis? They can learn a lot from walking around outside and observing what is going on in your yard.

You can plant flowers to attract bees or butterflies. You can put out bird feeders to attract birds. We keep a bird feeder with bird seed in one feeder and hummingbird nectar in another feeder. The boys built a special birdhouse for blue jays to nest in.

You can research the type of flowers that grow well in your area and attract many kinds of butterflies. This is a great science activity for your children to research, plant, and observe with you.

If you have never tried nature journaling with your children, give them some drawing paper or drawing notebook and some drawing pencils and colored pencils. Let them draw their interpretation of what they are seeing. Use a field guide to help you identify what they observe.

We have several different field guides that I have collected over the years. We have an Audubon Bird Identification book, a plant identification manual, a flower identification manual, and a tree identification manual. All of these are pocket size, and I keep them in a small canvas bag with their drawing notebooks and pencils.

My youngest has been using the bird identification manual a lot this spring as he watched the birds that come in to our feeders.

Spending time outside with your children is a great way to get in some daily movement and soak up some vitamin D from the sun.

Your Zone Mission today is to declutter one drawer in your bedroom.

Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe your windows and mirrors.

My menu plan for Wednesday is spaghetti and salad.

Have a great day!
Siggie - Tami Fox

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at http://www.tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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