Nature observation is enhanced by sketching what is seen: "To look at it is something, but its spirit will not come at once; you must look long enough, with a child's forgetfulness of time. Gazing for long, though, becomes tedious; you begin to think of the dinner-hour. But to draw it is to caress it; all the difference between staring at a kitten and stroking it; between watching a game and playing it. That is why it is worth learning to draw."[from this Parents' Review article]
Nature Study Schedule
If you follows the whole 6 year rotation, every subject in the book will be covered; the plant/animal section being covered twice.
If you'd like to add poetry to your nature notebook, this site has lots of nature poems.
2008-2009 TERM 1 -- Johann Sebastian Bach (1730)
Magnificat in D (4 weeks)
Chaconne (2 weeks) by Jascha Heifetz
any Church cantata (2 weeks)
Brandenburg Concerto no. 6 (2 weeks)
Art of the Fugue (2 weeks) look for Contrapunctus 9 played by Nageeb Gardizi, and then on organ