We have really enjoyed our Outdoor Hour Challenge ~ mammals studies this month!
Our first week we studied animal fur and without a second thought, my daughter insisted we “study” our cats’ fur!
Our cats didn’t object! They purred with contentment as we stroked and felt their fur. Using words, we talked about texture, length, colors, the way the fur lay, how the cats cleaned their fur and what differences we noticed between the short-haired and the long-haired cats.
We then wrote in our nature journals.
I was slightly shocked to discover that Miss.L10 had taken some “samples” to paste into her nature journal! She assured me that I wouldn’t even notice where she had snipped some fur off! Her journal entries where not ‘scientific’. I noticed how descriptive and emotive her words were. I think this is good. It is lovely to related to observations with all our senses. (I also noticed how poor her spelling is …we’ll add some of these words to our thematic list)
My journal entry was more objective and comparative, my word “Fur” separating the different cat’s fur.
We love the Outdoor Hour Challenges each week. Apart from the weekly challenges, the nature grid gives us plenty of ideas to follow-up as well.
Have you joined in?