Despite the terrible cold and winter we’ve been experiencing for the past month (or due to it!) I’ve decided to finally get outdoors. Our tiny 690 sq. ft apartment is making me stir-crazy and the girls so we are starting with Challenge #1 from the Handbook of Nature Study blog. I’ve downloaded the book written by Anna Comstock and I’m so excited to begin our adventure. I really am quite ignorant when it comes to anything outside… not even knowing how to
identify basic trees, plants or birds. So personally I’m looking forward to learning along with my girls. I’m most excited to follow nature as winter slowly fades away and spring emerges with the hope she brings every year. So below are some pictures from our brief emergence into the forest next door to our apartment.
Animal tracks. But which animal? I don’t know! But I do know we have many deer and wild boar in our forest.
This was my favorite. I love how the snow layered itself on the west side of the trees. (Had to throw west in there because I actually pulled out my “compass” -thanks iPhone- and figured out which direction everything was!)
The girls couldn’t resist making snow angels and when they did my oldest noticed the tops of the trees and the sky and wanted me to take a picture of “niebo” which is Polish for sky. Below is their point of view.
This week we will work on identifying a few trees in the pictures. And on our next walk we will pay more attention to the bark and twigs/branches of the trees since there are no leaves to help us identify them. My girls were most interested in going on a walk to the store or getting into the car so it was a stretch to get them to be quiet enough to really stop and listen to what was going on in nature around them. But once they did they heard the birds chirping and other people laughing and playing in the snow.
So, what did my girls notice or take interest in? Had a hard time getting it out of them but I was very impressed after a bit of discussion between me and my oldest. She told me she noticed “ice”. So I asked her “where?” She told me “on the water” (there’s a pond in the forest which is what she was referring to) and I asked her what else was on the ice. She said “snow” and I prodded a bit more and she remembered the animal footprints across the pond. I asked her if animals could walk on the pond in the summer. She laughed and said “No! They would fall into the water and all the fish would eat them!” Now we don’t have piranha in the pond, but I was very proud that she came to that conclusion of the pond being frozen in winter and being water in summer! I’m very encouraged and looking forward to our next excursion. Now to get to naming the trees we saw!
Outdoor Nature Hour