February 05, 2008

Nature as a Teaching Tool

I have been inspired by so many other great nature-loving homeschool bloggers to join in the fun and begin our own nature journals. We have added nature walks to our list of "to-do" items each day since my schedule re-vamp... but sadly, we haven't been walking. I think we will start today. I'm eager to dig in to our new book - "Handbook of Nature Study" by Anna Botsford Comstock. Being a perfectionist, I have been 'waiting until I could afford all the nature journal supplies before we begin our walks'. What a lame excuse, eh?

You can check out my little Amazon book store for some Science and Nature books that we have read and love... then feast your eyes on all these great inspiring quotes, links, blogs, and past nature posts here at Sprittibee that will help fire you (and me) up about getting outside and enjoying God's creation. I think I'll make this an ongoing list just like my BIG LIST OF LINKS so that you (and I) can come back here as a springboard for your nature studies. Please share some ideas with me if you have them in my comments section below!

Some Good Nature Books:

Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock
The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden
Discover Nature In Winter by Elizabeth P. Lawlor
The Bible
nature coloring books from Rod and Staff or Dover Publications
Drawing From Nature - Jim Arnosky
My Nature Journal by Adrienne Olmstead
Amazing Bugs (Inside Guides by DK)
The Natural World of Bugs and Insects - Ken and Rod Preston-Mafham
Texas Bug Book - C. Malcolm Beck and John Howard Garrett
Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation - Dennis R. Petersen
Holling Clancy Holling Books (Minn, Pagoo, Seabird)
Shoreline (Look Closer Series) - Barbara Taylor
Reference Atlas to the Birds of North America - Mel Baughman for National Geographic
Insect Masquerades - Hilda Simon
Weatherwatch - Valerie Wyatt
Uncover Tarantulas - David George Gordon (science kit)
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgeson Burnett
Discoveries Reptiles - Allen E. Greer
Discoveries Under the Sea - Frank H. Talbot
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Seashore Creatures
Birds (DK Pockets) - Barbara Taylor
Rocks and Minerals (DK Pockets) - Sue Fuller
Insect Pests - George S. Fichter
Insects (DK Pockets) - Laurence Mound and Stephen Brooks
Deserts (Collectafact Nature) - Two-canpublishing.com
Insects (DK Handbooks) - George C. McGavin
Field Guide to Spiders and Scorpions - John A. Jackman
Bugs in 3-D - Mark Blum

Nature Links:

Texas Master Naturalist Program
Nature's Workshop
Dover Publications
Green Hour (get out and discover nature!)
Making a Nature Journal
Journey North Monarch Project
Wooly Bear Caterpillar Info
Some Nature Study Notes by a fellow Homeschooler
Stinging Caterpillars... with photos (Never touch an Asp!)
Moths (and how to rear them)
Identify Small Moths
Luna MothAmazing Bug Identification Site!!! (for North American insects)
Monarch Waystation Program
US Fish and Wildlife Monarch Programs and Links
Nature Journal Supplies and Ideas
Ranger Rick's Nature Journal PDFs
Thursday Challenge (photo meme - lots of nature shots weekly...)

Nature Bloggers:

National Wildlife Federation Blog
Green Hour Blog
Earth is Crammed with Heaven
Sunny Nature
The Nature Corner
Mama Archer's Nature
Never Be Within Doors
Beautiful in Its Time
The Lord Speaks . . .
Nature's Sweetness
Blossoms and Bees
The Scent of Rain
Nature Notes From Above
Handbook of Nature Study
My Nature Journal
Raindrops on Roses
My Father's World
Sunny Shoots Nature
Spun with Tears (host of Thursday Challenge)

Nature Quotes:

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.
~George Washington Carver

Nature is the art of God.
~Thomas Browne, Religio Medici, 1635

God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. ~Martin Luther

He that plants trees loves others besides himself.
~ Thomas Fuller

Nature does nothing in vain.
~ Aristotle

And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
~William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 1599

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

When one tugs at a single thing in nature; he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
~ John Muir

When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not...
~ Georgia O'Keffe

Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.
~ Pascal

Nature is but a name for an effect,
Whose cause is God.
~ William Cowper, The Task

For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
~ Romans 1:20

...the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
~ Romans 8:21

Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand. ~Henry David Thoreau, journal, 5 January 1856

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.
~Eleonora Duse

Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.
~George Washington Carver

I'll tell you how the sun rose a ribbon at a time.
~Emily Dickinson

Art gallery? Who needs it? Look up at the swirling silver-lined clouds in the magnificent blue sky or at the silently blazing stars at midnight. How could indoor art be any more masterfully created than God's museum of nature?
~Grey Livingston

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
~Kahlil Gibran

To one who has been long in city pent,
'Tis very sweet to look into the fair
And open face of heaven, - to breathe a prayer
Full in the smile of the blue firmament.
~John Keats, Sonnet XIV

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
~ Psalm 19:1 (A Psalm of David)

Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder, Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed. Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art, How great Thou art!
~ Carl G. Boberg and R.J. Hughes, How Great Thou Art (hymn)

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
~William Shakespeare

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
~Lao Tzu

My Nature Photos and Past Posts:

How Does Your Garden Grow?
The Colors of Fall
Alien in a Dill Tree
Outside Kitchen
Wordless Wednesday: Caged
U.S. Geography Project
Hike and Trails
Magic Grass
Picnic at the Pond
October Glory
Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park
Pioneer Wagon Ride
Lower White River Museum
Meramec Caverns
Coolest Clouds I've Ever Seen
Snowberry Clearwing Sphinx Moth
Natural State Expo
Songs About Rainbows
Cousins at the Creek
Not Bad for a First Time Gardener
First Harvest
Thursday Challenge: Nature
Playing in the Dirt
Texas Wildflower Seed Give-Away
It's Good To Know Your Local Flowers By Name
Summer Reflections
Photographing Nature
Wordless Wednesday: Puff
Garden Updates in Pictures
Wordless Wednesday: Bee
Almost Wordless Wednesday: Seeds
Purple Pineapple Weed
Spider Bites, Sunburn and Numchuck Bruises
More Garden Torture
A Little Perspective
Wordless Wednesday: Observation
Guess What This Is?
Weekend Nature Photos, Part 2
Her Sanity or Her End
Green Hour in the Back Yard
What Texans Do for Fun in Spring
Our Nature Journal Covers
HSBA In Full Bloom
Home on the Range
The Pond...er... Drainage Ditch
Our Caterpillar Project - sorry folks, but he got away!
The Caterpillar Poem (song)
Our Monarch Books
The Texas Flyway
Insect Link Post Includes clipart link!
Green Moth and a God Moment
Thursday Challenge: Purple
Sunset and a Butterfly
Gone with the Wind
Digging for Crystals
Thursday Challenge: Sunny
Texas Hill Country
Nana's Back Yard
July Photos from Texas
How to Know if You're in Texas
Pinnacle Mountain
Koi Pond
Hot Springs Geology Tour
Robin's Nest
Bee Edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling
Gone Fishin'!
Arkansas Nature Hike
Nature Hike Photos pt. 2
Spring Leaves
Camping in Arkansas
Spring Break in Arkansas
Mountain Pink
Snow Day
How Did We Get Here?
Ode to the Snowflake Creator
Wildflower Center
Butterfly Center
Autumn Spider
Autumn Leaves
Autumn Reflections
Honey Bee Farm
Learning Outside the Box
Lily Pads
Texas Farmland
Bug Trivia
Spider Speak
Chiggers - no photos, but plenty of laughs
Poem and Photo about a Tree
Indian Paintbrush
Bluebonnet Blues
Green Haired Easter People
Orange Butterfly
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Wisteria (the dummies who own this property CUT it down!)
Tarantula Hawk Photo
Tarantula Hawk Info
Armand Bayou Nature Center (same field trip discussed above)
Brazos Bend State Park
Rock Unit Study
Hurricane Tracking
Little Dinosaur
Coming Dawn - a poem
Leopard Moth
Praying Mantis
Lynx Spider
Houston Zoo

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Anonymous said...

Girl, you are nothing if not thorough. :-) I've got to get my act together and get your swap now!!!

Anonymous said...

i love looking thru nature books. we have tried to do some in the past, but have always petered out. i think you've inspired me.
:) love, jen

Sprittibee said...

Dawn - :) Ha! I sure hope to get a swap in the mail soon! ;)

JenIG - HI THERE!!!! ;) I have missed you. It is so sad how you find people and loose them online... but it is nice to find them again!!! :) I need to make sure you are on my blogrolls....

Patricia said...

What an excellent post, Heather. You are such a blessing.

I have been using Comstock's book as a resource for years, but I do have to adapt it a bit to our more tropical climate, flora and fauna.

Thank you for the link to my nature blog. You've inspired me to work on it a bit more. I've dozens of photographs that just need to be posted and referenced.

Much love and blessings, Patricia

Melissa Taylor said...

Wow - quite exhaustive list of books, blogs and activities. Thanks. I just posted on adopting a tree to learn about the seasons. I'm not a nature blogger per say but an educational activities blog. Hope you stop by to say hello!




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