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8/24/2015

The Runaway Bunny {B4FI♥AR} & Oak Tree Nature Study

~Boaz is 4 years, 7 months~

Wonderful lessons to learn from The Runaway Bunny, but I especially loved the reminder that God loves us just as the mother bunny loves her bunny. We have all wandered away, each to our own way we have turned, but we have a loving Father that may have a hundred bunnies, and yet when one goes astray, he will leave the 99 behind to go seek the one that has gone astray. Love that no matter where I go, He will find me. ♥

For our row, we focused on the Science lesson from the manual. What happened to the tree? This was a great time to pull out Nature for the Very Young and do the lesson on Death and Decay. I prefer to call this lesson the Lifecycle of a Tree, as death is a natural part of the cycle of any existence.

I used As An Oak Tree Grows to help demonstrate the lifecycle of an oak tree.



We "collected" acorns (I bought them online), and we attempted to sprout them (this followed closely on the heals of The Carrot Seed wherein we focused on the beginning of plant life). Then we visited saplings, mature trees, a dying or dead tree, and rotting logs.



Bo colored the stages of an oak tree and put them in order:
  1. Acorn
  2. Sprout
  3. Sapling
  4. Mature oak
  5. Dead tree
  6. Rotting log with plants
  7. Rotting log with insects



A Log's Life was another really great go-along book that I found at our library. 


We found lots of great examples of dying trees and rotting logs at our forest property and on nature walks on the mountain. 






And it was fun to tie in Eliana's science book, One Small Square The Woods, to our study of the oak tree. 


Our acorns came with a bag of acorn tops and I used those for our math lesson - counting by tens. 


And counting by twos to 30. 


I pulled these next few activities out of Mali and Elli's lap journal from when we rowed the Runaway Bunny. (I wasn't sure I would love Five in a Row as much the second time, but I love it even more because of the memories I have of rowing with Malachi and Eliana). 

Shadow Matching


Bunny Sequencing


If/Then


If you get a chance to play the "What If" game from Language and Thinking for Young Children, it's a great go-along activity! I forgot to play with Bo, but I have the book pulled out to use with him this coming school year. 


Loved this ordinal number/story sequencing activity. I made it easy at first, then harder. 



Label the Bunny



I especially loved this counting syllables activity. This ties right in with what Bo is doing with All About Reading Pre-reading


What's Different?


What sound does it start with?


We haven't started the sounds section of Pre-reading yet, but Bo still knows all of the sounds from our time with Tot School Printables. This past year, we've been focusing on capital letters and this coming year, we will focus on lowercase and sounds. 

Helping mama find her bunny...


B4FI♥AR Treat: Carrot Cake Muffins

These are the same ones we made for our row of The Carrot Seed, because the mother bunny fishes for her fishy bunny with a carrot. ♥


From Wonderfully Made and Dearly Loved, these are on plan for Trim Healthy Mama, and I made the frosting with Gentle Sweet this time, added a little cream and the best orange oil you can buy (learn how to get this here), and they were sooo good! Bo ate up the whole cupcake this time and asked for more later. (Me too!)

Meet our Runaway Bunny


She keeps getting out and one morning I sat on the couch with my cup of herbal coffee and was warming up in the morning sun and there she was across the street. Again. I usually holler for Eliana to put her back (she's the best at it), but she was still sleeping so I chased her home. 



It took me awhile, but I finally got her back in and saw how she was getting out - under the fence. 

The Runaway Bunny is a Before Five in a Row selection. There are a lot of Fun Things to do with B4FIAR, but the most important thing is to cultivate a love for learning. ♥

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I still have our row of Play With Me to share to get caught up on our summer learning and then I plan to get in "back-to-school" mode and share what I've planned for this coming school year. Until then... 

8/17/2015

Seedless Vascular Plants, Nonvascular Plants & Nature Journaling

Such joy to finish a great summer of Botany and nature study!

Lessons 1-5: Botany, Seeds, Flowers, Pollination & Fruits
Lessons 6-10: Leaves, Roots, Stems, Trees & Gymnosperms

Here's how we finished up Exploring Creation with Botany with the final lessons 11-13 on Seedless Vascular Plants, Nonvascular Plants & Nature Journaling.

Seedless Vascular Plants


Check out the sporangium! 


We were so happy to bring our book learning to life and find ferns growing in a small stream on a nature walk this past week. 


Lifecycle of a Fern notebooking

Fern rubbings.  

Nonvascular Plants

Lichen growing on a tree. 

Liverworts? 


The fish settling ponds full of moss inspired us to row a book next - a simple row with a few books, a movie, good food, and hopefully a fishing trip!

Lifecycle of Moss

Moss, Lichen, Liverworts

Nature Journaling 



Malachi's nature sketch of the stream








Telling me all about his nature sketch. 



A lovely end to our Botany study. Thanks for reading!