With Spring full upon us here and the knowledge that in a few short weeks we will begin to complain about the heat, I am trying very hard to immerse us in as much nature study and outdoor time as possible. Last month, inspiration struck and I decided on a whim to create a display about birds on the nature table. Then, a picture book about John James Audubon caught my eye at the library and I decided to make him the artist of the month and tie our art study into out nature study. It was a lovely and inspirational whim. It led us on a field trip to these gardens to gaze at the snowy egrets, and will culminate in a trip this zoo this weekend, where we will celebrate the ninth birthday of our very own artistically inclined nature lover. Since this little rabbit trail began, he has been drawing birds with great detail and passion and declaring to everyone that he wants to be the next John James Audubon.
Here is our John James Audubon Book List:
The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon
Into the Woods: John James Audubon Lives His Dream
Audubon: Painter of Birds in the Wild Frontier
For Picture Study:
John James Audubon: American Birds
There are plenty of great books for studying birds to add to your nature table. I just pulled from our shelves and from the library shelf and left them there for the kids to peek through as they liked.
This little rabbit trail played itself out so nicely, that I have made my library requests and this month the nature table will be full with picture books about artist Georgia O'Keefe and nature books about wildflowers.
Here is our Georgia O'Keeffe book list:
Through Georgia's Eyes
Georgia Rises: A day in the Life of Georgia O'Keeffe
My Name is Georgia
For Picture Study:
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Collections
I hope we can enhance this study with a field trip to this lovely spot which will be lush with azalea blossoms and wisteria vine this month. Again, flower study will be a random splash of books from our stash and the library's shelves.
I hope you all are getting out and about into the world this spring. Do let us know where spring's glory takes you!