Natural World

“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”  

– David Attenborough

I know it sounds a little cliche but we really are very lucky to be living where we do…this neck of the woods is abundant in the most wonderful wildlife – ranging from the smallest shongololo (a millipede; it’s name derived from from Zulu and Xhosa name ukushonga, meaning to roll up, which is what it does when it feel threatened!), the leopards that stalk the mountain sides, to the cape eagle owls that come and sit in our trees and hoo-hoot the wee hours away.

I thank my lucky stars that Livvy is at one with nature – her love for the outdoors and all things creepy crawly (and of course the not so creepy crawly!) amazes me.

So, when I stumbled upon our next big and full-on project I really felt blessed!  I came across this text via one of my homeschooling networks and boy I was glad I did…it is rich with the most wondrous anecdotes and is going to be a real joy to teach to Livvy!   The book itself  is downloadable so I urge you to throw caution to the wind and take your little (and may be big ones!) on the most amazing natural world adventure!

The link below will take you directly to the site whereby you can download and print your own copy of the book 🙂

http://archive.org/details/MN41748ucmf_5

Now this got me to thinking… we are lucky enough to have the space to create little gardens within our main garden, so I thought it would be most fitting to give Livvy her own little patch that she could do with what she wanted…she choose to create a flower garden – perfect!  What a great way for us to really get to know the ins and the outs of the bug world!  Digger in hand and flower trays at the ready Livvy orchestrated the whole affair, from the plants that she has chosen to the lay-out of her garden!

Livvy's flower garden

But that’s not all – oh-no….in order to help our little critters in the depths of the dark winter months we created a beautiful (albeit rustic looking!) bug house…complete with the usual mod-cons….acorns, twigs, leaves etc!!  This idea I found by chance trawling the home school inspiration websites and have been waiting to implement it into our “school” life – and now we have, for it sits proudly in Livvy’s flower garden waiting patiently for us to discover what new buggy creatures have joined us on our natural world adventure!  The how-two’s of how to make this one is at the bottom of the post – I ignored all measurements and just used bits of wood that we found around our “farm”!

Bug House

Follow Livvy and I on our weekly adventure into the depths of the natural world where we get to know, marvel and love the wonderful critters and creatures that make our world truly beautiful.

Bug House

Next time we encounter some rather fun earth diggers!

Resources:

http://diyhomeschooler.com/free-nature-studies-our-wonderful-world-chapter-1-busy-plowmen/

http://gardentherapy.ca/build-a-bug-hotel/

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  1. Pingback: Natural World – Busy Ploughman! | flutterby rainbow·

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