Ms. Pat's Nature Club

Ms. Pat's Nature Club is a blog for anyone who is a nature nut and loves nature, no matter what age you are. I hope you will let me know what you think and give me feedback. I love to hear from my friends!

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
-Albert Einstein

"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you."
-Frank Lloyd Wright

"Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, It was loaned to you by your children"

-Native American proverb

"Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives."

-Thomas Berry, Dream of the Earth

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, the excitement and mystery of the world we live in."
-Rachel Carson, A Sense of Wonder

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Coming Soon: Nature Nuts! Watch for it next month!

Nature Club, January 25,26,27

This week in Nature Club, we started out learning about snow and ice as weather, but ended up really learning about the seasons. The name of the lesson was What's Up with the Weather? As we began talking, I realized that they wanted to talk about all the seasons. I read books called "Seasons of the Year" by Margaret Hall and "Snow" by Helen Frost (great name, huh?). By Thursday we ended up talking more about the pattern of seasons and also on Thursday we talked about fog because with the weather a little warmer, there has been a lot of fog. Then we drew snow pictures. I was impressed with how they thought to draw icicles and blizzards.
This is a perfect example of what we call a "teachable moment," where you scrap your other plans and teach about what the kids are really interested in!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Critter Watch

Piper the Sheltie likes nature, too! He loves the snow!

Nature Club- January 11,12 & 13

It took me a long, long time to get this posted because I left my camera at school and couldn't download the pictures from last week's Nature Club until today. I read a favorite book of mine: "In the Snow: Who's Been Here?" by Lindsay Barrett George. We talked about looking for traces of the animals that are awake and moving around in the winter when the ground is covered with snow.
Then we made animal footprints and nature prints with stampers. Okay, so some of the animals and plants are not around when there is snow and ice! We didn't care- it was fun anyway!
I was really impressed with the knowledge that many of the kids had about animals in winter. They are very excited about watching for nature!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Critter Watch

A beautiful clear winter day in Minnesota. The temperature is about 12 degree, but the sun is shining, the sky is blue and the snow sparkles white. I just saw a bald eagle in a tree, sitting and watching the world. Lucky to see it and lucky to live here!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Critter Watch

The road to my house is not very busy and I'm glad because for the last three weeks, someone has put corn by the side of the road. I see deer there frequently, but the squirrels are having a corn party every time I drive by. Today there were 4 adults and 1 young squirrel stuffing their faces. I hope this helps them get through a very snowy winter!