Friday, February 14, 2020

Seasonal Observation Calendars - Spring 2020

Today I wanted to share another resource that you could use along side the Season Keeper which will be available to download next Tuesday, February 18.

In all of our years of homeschooling, nature study was by far one of our favorite subjects. Since then I've keep various nature journals of my own, but nothing as involved as in earlier years. A few years ago I developed the format I sharing here with your today, though admittedly, I've failed to use it as much as I would have liked, I'm going to **try** to remember to be more intentional about documenting the things I see in nature now that we are about to turn the corner and head into spring.

The idea is to document your sightings by printing (though it would have to be rather small), or sketching a small picture into each square on the coinciding day. Don't worry if you aren't artistically inclined, no one has to see this but you, so please don't let that deter you! The calendar portion is not numbered so that you could easily use these year after year which is part of what makes keeping such a record so fun! Comparing your journal to previous years and noting if spring was early or late to arrive, when you first spotted a robin, the date of the last snowfall, are all intriguing, at least it is for me! Since the squares are small it keeps things from being too involved and time consuming, but in case you do want to include a little more detail, I've included a notes section at the bottom for just that purpose!

If you've never kept a nature journal there are oodles of ideas on the internet, just google "keeping a nature journal", but you might want to pour yourself a cup of coffee first, because it could keep you intrigued for hours. These forms are just one of many and you may find something more to your liking and that is fine, but since I made them up for myself, I decided to share! Just click the links below for a closer look and to download your own copy!

~ Enjoy

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