For this month’s artist study, D10 and I decided to look at John James Audubon. It was wonderful to be able to find an artist who shared nature in such a beautiful and detailed way!
For a go-along, I surprised him with a copy of The Boy Who Drew Birds, a gorgeous living book about John James Audubon and how he came to be the artist that he was. This is the way books should draw a reader in, and I found him poring over it on more than one occasion.
I have a beautiful printable set of artist study pages to share with all email subscribers! It’s free and includes a short biography of John James Audubon plus some of our favorite Audubon art prints so you can do your own artist study/nature study combination.
If you have never done artist study before, it’s super simple and always a lot of fun. Simply print the picture you’re studying that week, and ask the child(ren) to look at it for a few minutes. Now turn it over and ask them to tell you about it. You can offer simple prompts if they’re hesitant, but often they surprise me with observations and inferences that wouldn’t have occurred to me. Leave the picture you’ve printed somewhere prominent and discuss it casually over the week. Repeat with a new picture the next week and so on. Easy, and incredibly effective!
Welcome to The Nature Book Club Monthly Link Up No 1!
The Nature Book Club is a monthly link up beginning on the 20th day of each month.
It’s a monthly book club devoted to connecting children to nature.
There is a theme for each month in 2018. We welcome your nature book and activity related links!
The Nature Book Club theme for January: Winter Birds and Nests
The Nature Book Club is brought to you by these 15 nature loving bloggers which are your co-hosts! Are you following them? If you don’t want to miss anything, be sure to follow each one.
Here are the co-hosts, their choices of books, and activities for the month.
Something 2 Offer
Birds, Nests, and Eggs Nest Scavenger Hunt
The Usual Mayhem
The Boy Who Drew Birds Free artist study set (John James Audobon)
Whose Nest Is This? Nest Building Activity
Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
(Backyard Bird Series) Cardinals – Free Northern Cardinal Unit Study & Lapbook.
Rule This Roost
Fine Feathered Friends: All About Birds – DIY Bird Feeders
Hide The Chocolate
Those Darn Squirrels Fly South – Free online book club.
The Homeschool Scientist
Birds, Nests, and Eggs – Make a Suet Feeder
Snowy Owls Snowy Owl Craft
Table Life Blog
A Nest is Noisy – Art Project.
Ravens in Winter: Nature Study Activities and Lessons for Teens – Winter Bird ID
Wind in a Letterbox
Birds for Beginners in Southern Africa – Nature Journal Entry
Rainy Day Mum
Coming Home – Needle Felted Robin
Handbook of Nature Study
Backyard Birds Field Guide for Young Naturalist – Backyard Bird Nature Study
The Playful Scholar
TBD – How to Make Hanging Suet Ornaments
Nests – Nest weaving
The Nature Book Club theme for February will be: Small Mammals
WHOOP! – The Nature Book Club Giveaway!
We’re so excited about this month’s freebie. It is an ebook, Backyard Science – Easy Activities for All Ages, by The Homeschool Scientist.
A huge Thank You to The Homeschool Scientist!
- Choose an engaging nature book, do a craft or activity, and add your post to our monthly link up.
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- By linking up with us, you agree for us to share your images and give you credit of course if we feature your posts.That’s it!
- Let’s party.