With the sun shining and the temperatures in the comfort zone, we have been spending far more time outside in March than in December, January and February combined. Nature Journals have been forced upon my children and one out of three is loving it. That’s pretty good odds… and I love it, so we’re even Steven. I’m trying to teach them about botany, art, relaxing and creating in God’s creation. You’d think a kid who doesn’t have to sit indoors and do math would jump at the chance to draw in the sunshine. But no. If my boys ever lie on those long black leather couches and explain how I ruined them, I’m sure the Nature Journals will be mentioned. But that does not deter me. :o)
Last week we ventured out the front door to draw a Texas Ebony tree in our yard. This is a REAL Nature Journal… not a fake Nature Journal… so there are rules to be followed. AND this has to count for a botany grade for a high school student. Not like a “draw-a-dumb-tree-and-color-it-green” journal. NOOOOooooooo. The requirements include, but are not limited to: draw the shape of the tree, the bark, the leaves, the leaf arrangement, the thorns (we’re in Arizona… all the trees have thorns), the flowers, the seeds, the pods. And when you have all that drawn with exact measurements beside each, the leaves need to have their shape, venation and margin analyzed and recorded. SEE?! Not your average lame Nature Journal.
So, after the Texas Ebony had been admired from afar, with a magnifying glass and everything in between, we gathered around the kitchen table and I asked to see the renderings. Three of four were identifiable. The fourth tree, however, was …… ……. interesting. I questioned said artist, “If I gave your picture to Dad and sent him to the front yard, could he locate the Texas Ebony?” (We only have three trees in the front yard.) “Probably not.” “Go try again, son.”
And the nature loving just keeps on rolling here at L.A.K.E. Academy, a homeschool where gifted children thrive…. whether they want to or not. heh heh heh.
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