Rachel found the One Small Square: Tundra book at the library and said, “Mommy, can we get this one? This one looks good.” And so we did. Mother of Divine Grace does not do a formal science study for Kindergarten or First Grade, reasoning that getting them to read, write, and understand basic math is a hurdle in and of itself, especially while chasing after other small children. Which is all true, to be sure.
However, whenever Rachel has “compared schooling notes” with her public school friends, she laments over the lack of science. She has no idea what science is, exactly, but knows emphatically that “It sounds fun. They learn about birds and rocks and animals.” So we happily added Nature Study back into our daily plan. I had been intending to make Nature Study part of our homeschool once I got our rhythm and general plan with MODG nailed down, and I honestly love Nature Study, too!
We read a few pages from One Small Square: Tundra each day, and talked more about anything on the page Rachel or Allison had interest in. I did find a BBC: Earth video clip of an arctic fox catching a lemming and she got a kick out of that. We finished the book two days ago, and worked for the past two days on a diorama. I had Rachel pick what season on the Tundra she wanted to depict. She selected summer because she wanted there to be flowers, but that morphed into spring because both girls requested baby animals for the diorama, too.
Blessedly, Patrick took a long nap today (so, like, an hour) and I was able to sit with the girls and draw and cut and help them paste their animals into their dioramas. We were just about finished placing Allison’s flowers when he woke up. Since the wind chill was 0* F when I woke up this morning it seemed a good day to work on our tundra study. Next week we will begin One Small Square: Pond. And they are already excited to do another diorama.