I was reminded this week of the poem “Clouds and Waves” by Rabindranath Tagore who was the the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. His poem which uses symbolism speaks about a mother and her child in reference to nature versus nurture, it was something I could relate to these past few days with my children and our homeschooling.
Each year the boys do a study on clouds. It is a month long study of them as part of our nature studies. In addition each of my children create a cloud journal, observing clouds throughout the seasons.
Sometime back, I thought about a creative way to have on hand an easy portable method of having pictures of the different types of clouds for the kids do have for reference during their observations. What I came up was making our own Field Guide Cloud cards.
Yesterday we conducted a experiment on clouds. The boys were interested in learning how a cloud forms (particularly fog). We had been reading a number of books on weather and clouds and this experiment was perfect.
When we first found out Nature Study, it was after following the Charlotte Mason method. We consider ourselves eclectic and enjoyed the idea of learning science by studying nature to our diverse curriculum. One thing we discovered, you don’t have to live in the country to discover nature, you can do it in your own backyard, the park or anywhere there is natural life around you.