Nature study is as much a part of a Charlotte Mason education as is reading living books.
I thought I would share some of our favorite Nature study resources and our usual "go-to's" when we study the natural world.
We're enjoying this recent inexpensive download at Currclick from Katie's Homeschool Cottage Along with some great books from the library we will have a nice nature study for the Fall. I see right now it's even less expensive during Currclicks Trunk or Treat sale, check it out!!
Of course Anna Botsford Comstock's Handbook of Nature Study has been a staple on our shelves for many many years. We are consulting it today, as we have a Wooly Bear that we are observing. Matthias found it last week and he's been carefully tending it with grass and dandelions (loves them) and today he's baking a little mud "hideout" for it to winter over in. We will be anxious to see it spin a cocoon next Spring and then transform into an Isabella Tiger Moth!!
For sketching and nature journalling ideas we have Jim Arnosky's Sketching Outdoors in Autumn, Drawing from Nature and Field Trips. Also on our shelf is Claire Walker Leslie's Keeping a Nature Journal. We also like The Brook Book as it is nice to consult after our Salmon Watch field days.
Because it's autumn we are cherishing various tree and leaf picture books as well as Tree field guides. These take-along guides are nice too. In the Pacific Northwest we do get a pretty good change of seasons with all of the deciduous trees turning color and watching the leaves fall. Thankfully we are still profusely stocked with evergreens however, to keep things from looking too bare in winter :)