Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring!

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Last week marked the end of our home school “winter session”. California is just too green right now to not move into the more “spring related” projects. We decided to head up to the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens and spend some time looking for the things we had studied this winter like mushrooms, evergreens, worms, moss and lichens. I had created a little card to remind them of everything and I also created a paper with a special winter nature hunt : Something they saw, something they heard, something they smelt, something they touched. We also did a little “winter pond” nature study. I made them a little labeled guide, but there wasn’t much to look at this time. We will revisit the pond each season. We had a wonderful time exploring the gardens and then had a fun winter time snowman snack. The girls also got their badges from this winter too. We’re excited to begin the spring session!

Moss Study

These past two weeks have been devoted to all the green that’s been popping up with all this rain California is getting – Moss.  Home school Club has been very busy learning about mosses and lichens. The first week we were home bound because it was a little too wet and rainy. I set up a display of craft mosses and mosses and lichen I had collected. We talked about the different types of moss and how moss grows etc. and then did some sketching and made our own little moss terrariums.
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The following week was much more “in the field”. We spent the morning at one of our favorite parks and went searching for moss and lichen specimens. We read the book Mossy (one of my favorites) and sketched what we found in our Moss sketchbooks. We also made little moss peg doll fairies to bring home with us too with the craft moss I had left over from last week. It was a really nice lesson and I think the kids really enjoyed exploring and learning about mosses and lichens.

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