Sniff a Tree Lately?


Summer Series #2

Summer Tree Observations

Summer Nature Study

Using your Senses:
Nature at Sundown

The Outdoor Hour Challenges


  • We talked about the parts of the tree again with correct vocabulary – the “new” word was spray. They didn’t know what that was.
  • We did the leaf challenge of folding in half and seeing if the sides match. Both boys were surprised that the sides did not match.
  • There were so many ants that we should have done our ant study again this week. 🙂
  • I spotted a new bird that I have not identified. I’ll go out and lay out there some more and let ya know.  Brown, White, Redish?, eating bugs. Smallish. Saw a yellow bird flitting around.

On to our chart –

Using my five senses, I observed these things:

Tree Study, Nature, Elm, touch bark Tree Study, Nature, Elm, Touch Leaves

TOUCH–Bumpy Smooth & Rough

Smooth and Spiny

Tree Study, Nature, Elm, See Bug


Tree Study, Nature, Elm, see birds

SEE–Winged Bugs, Ants & Spiders

We laid underneath for a few minutes. Birds, Black and Yellow, Bugs. 🙂

Tree Study, Nature, Elm, Smell Tree Study, Nature, Elm, Smell, Perfume
SMELL – Nothing on bark Sweet Rosy Leaves, Perfume
Tree Study, Nature, Elm, Listen

Tree Study, Nature, Elm, Hear

HEAR – Birds, Leaves, Wind Boys Listening – (Quiet)
Tree Study, Nature, Elm, Fruit  
TASTE – No thanks. Not a squirrel family.  


Tree Study, Nature, Elm, Sketch
Jon Sketching
Tree Study, Nature, Elm, Journal
Nate Sketching

Tree Study, Nature, Elm, Spring

Spring Tree

Tree Study, Nature, Elm, Summer

Summer Tree


                   Spring Tree                                   Summer Tree

Oh – and It’s an Elm. 🙂

About +Angie Wright

The Transparent Thoughts of an Unschooling Family of Boys - Answering the question - What DO you DO all day?
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9 Responses to Sniff a Tree Lately?

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  2. Quinn says:

    Beautiful nature study! Stunning reflection on the water from the spring study!

  3. Phyllis says:

    Great photos! Looks like a great summer tree study.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Absolutely love these pictures and seeing the Spring and Summer photos of the tree!

  5. Sheri H says:

    Hi, stopping by on the TOS blog cruise a few weeks late, but wanted to say hello and I see you too do nature! Love CM! Enjoy your trip on the TOS cruise ship this year and blessings-
    FM Sheri

    • pebblekeeper says:

      Well thanks Sheriff! Glad we passed inspection. 🙂 (tee hee). Thanks for stopping by. I sure have gotten a kick at how they rib ya, and give ya respect for finding a fun way to keep us in line. 🙂 Hats of to ya!

  6. Suzanne says:

    I like your observations using your senses, especially folding the leaf in half to see the difference between the two sides. I need to initiate more of those kinds of observations for our girls.

  7. What a great entry and I was wondering all along what kind of tree it was so I’m glad you finally let us know. 🙂

    I love the photo journal style of your entry and I love seeing the difference between spring and summer.

    Thank you for sharing your link….looks like you got to sniff some bark. 🙂

  8. Phyllis says:

    What a wonderful tree study. Beautiful.

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