We had an interesting introductory Notebook assignment from the Winter #2 – at Handbook of Nature Study.
The boys were to look at the list of 10 upcoming activities and
- mark which ones they were most interested in,
- list three questions about the winter challenges,
- and list three outdoor activities they would like to be involved in during the next 10 weeks.
Nate surprised me by quickly filling out his form. His questions form around Magnets – and Food. Questions regarding the properties of magnets – and outdoor activities finding mushrooms, wild edible plants and edible seaweed.
Jon would like to know why Juncos only jump, and never just walk, how magnets and compasses work, and how to turn our dog max into a sheep with a cotton ball vest. He’s 11. He wants to spend more time at the park, kill a few bugs, and play with his dog outside more – which led us to go on our Winter Weather Walk – with the dog.
You will continue to hear me marvel at their notebooking differences. I’ve wanted to “Do Notebooking”, but have not really been able to create it. With all of the resources out there, I’ve bought quite a bit, printed, made folders – but I think – when you get too far into it, it can become like workbooks again. This one page at a time to them, one project, one assignment – seems to work. We’re just experiencing it – and checking in. So far, the last week and a half, they’ve written in their notebooks every day.
Handbook of Nature Study