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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Science/Nature Study/Art

I recently purchased The Handbook of Nature Study to go along with lessons from the blog. Are any of you familiar with this massive text? It has over 700 pages! There's a lot of info inside and without the blog, I don't think I would want to organize it on my own.

I've been peeking at her blog for quite a while and sometimes I just do the activities without reading through all of the lessons, (she also has another blog with art lessons by the way).

Here, we are pressing flowers between pieces of cardboard,(not with the nature study book, lol). We pressed a leaf from the maple tree in our back yard too.

We've also bloomed some flowers from the forsythia in the front yard by bringing in some cuttings and putting them in water a few weeks before spring arrived. The kids got a kick out of that and so did I, lol.

You can also see all the other goodies that they brought inside, like the pine cones and pine needles.

This gets us outside to explore ALLAH's Creation and to spend quality time together. They go outside all the time to play but I feel like they really get a chance to appreciate their surroundings and learn about the place in which they live. It also gives us all a bit of exercise, (ahem, especially mommy).


UmmMuhammad said...

salaam alaikum
I love your flower header pic on your blog mashaAllah, I guess you took it yourself? Beautiful subhanAllah... If you come visit my blog I am asking the homeschooling sisters' daughters/sons to send me middle eastern sweets recipes I can use for a bake sale in the coming weeks, inshaAllah they will ajer for each sweet that sells ;) Comment on it inshaAllah ok? JazakAllah khair uhkti

Umm Raiyaan said...


We've been following her blog too. She has some really interesting stuff on there. Would you recommend buying the book sis? As I was thinking of implementing some of her ideas for our curriculum next year.

Nakia said...

As salaamu 'alaikum Umm Muhammad,

I did take the picture myself. I don't know any Middle Eastern sweets recipes though....

As salaamu 'alaikum Umm Raiyaan,

I think the book has a wealth of information about a whole lot of what you see outside everyday. There is a section on astronomy as well. I haven't read through all of it yet of course but already I can see its value. Based on what I've read so far, I would recommend it. It can be bought used or like new, which is what I did.

Take care,
wa salaam,