Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Nature's Treasure Trove

Charlotte Mason tells us that nature yields treasure after treasure. Whether you are an outdoor-kinda-girl or practice a great amount of self-denial to get outdoors with your children on a daily basis, pocketfuls of rocks, acorns and various sundry invariably find its way into the home. You will soon see that "treasure after
treasure" turns to treasure after treasure...after treasure after infinitum.

What to do with the growing collections? Barb Harmony, at Handbook of Nature Study, tells us of coffee cans, a Nature Table, and acorn guys in her in-depth article entitled Nature Study with Very Young Children. This got me thinking about what our boys do with their own collections so thought I'd share a glimpse:

We have a miniature revolving exhibit in a printer's box that is secured to the wall at a six-year-old's height.

On one of our nature study's we found an old dumping ground which turned up this beautiful jar among many others. Luca's rock collection is stored in jars and old muffin tins.

These look like apothecary bottles but are actually old spice jars.

Oleg found this nest lying on the bike trail. After drawing and identifying for our nature journals, it became home to Mr. Little Ideas.

The boys made this mobile for their dad's birthday.

We're hoping to go see our friend's rock collection that he identified, labeled, organized and still has in tray boxes from when he was home-schooled as a boy. We would also love to hear -- or see -- any of your own inspiring collections.

But ask now of the beasts, and they will teach you;
And of the birds of heaven, and they will tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you;
And the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of Jehovah has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing
And the breath of all flesh of man?
Job 12:7-10


Jeanne said...

I love the way you've made your kid's collections so important!!

Jemimah is obsessed with rocks as well, but I've aways encouraged her to keep them outside in the cubby...her daddy makes her put them back!

You've inspired me yet again...I'm going to turn over a new leaf.

(and not put it back!!?)


B.A.M. said...

I love the collections!! We have things all over the place. I mostly keep it all on our screened in porch now. I have a nature table, A big basket, a big old clear cookie jar, big plastic container of rocks and all along the railing we have items including small jars of smalled items like you have. It's fun to look back nd remembe our walks and nature studies over the last couple of years!!-Angie in GA