Contents of a Nature Basket

A nature basket takes the infamous Charolette Mason “natural journal” to the next level. Simply put, the nature basket accompanies us on our nature walk. It’s where we gather, document, and further observe the encounters we find in nature.Processed with VSCO with f2 presetHere is a list of what is in our basket!
Except for the art supplies, all of the contents were found at a second hand store, scrap store, and dollar store (including the basket itself).

Nature Journal: found at the dollar store, a small spiral notebook with thick, line-less, paper.the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-7The journal is for documenting finds on the spot (like a tree you can’t take home) or for pressing finds (like a flower) to document later.

Watercolor and brushes: found on Amazon, (brushes), I bring a water bottle along to activate the palate and for color changes.the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-5

water 2These are for documenting the encounters seen in nature in a more beautiful way, not for every nature walk but for ones really moves the soul. For example, it’s newly spring and a place you visit often has newly bloomed tulips that you must sit and paint about!

Colored pencils and sharpener: found at a second hand craft store.the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-6These are used for jotting down what is seen. Drawing a sketch and writing down your ideas and questions.

Specimen jars, pipettes, tweezers, magnifying glass: found at second hand scrap store and on Amazon.the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-9

the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-8These are for collecting bugs, flowers, mushrooms, water etc. to examine and take home for further observation!

Binoculars: found at a thrift store.the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-8For observing far off encounters!

And finally a basket: found at a thrift store. Sturdy and spacious.the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-31The carrier of all the items you might need to get a deeper study of nature on your next nature walk!IMG_6723(Take your finds home and display them on a nature table so further exploration can be had!)
Processed with VSCO with p5 presetAn important aspect to point out about the nature basket and nature walks in general is that they are meant to be executed in a relaxed leisurely manner. The basket shouldn’t feel forced at all. Make it available and see what happens! Find a local nature trail and take a walk. Leave the basket behind the first few times. Continue to visit the same spot over a few weeks time and bring along your basket when you feel it’s time!Processed with VSCO with c1 presetI’d love to hear about your experiences!

May we do all things to connect with and learn from each other ✨

Cultivating Traditions: May

Second trimester is underway and things are finally picking up around here (check out last months blog). As my health and energy improve so does the vibrancy of our once dormant homeschool.
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I’ve come back with a bang too! I rearranged all of our materials and homeschool spaces for better functionality. I went crazy and have lots more ideas! Let’s call it “nesting” or spring cleaning! Tis the season. the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-18

the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-19(Revolving shelves with Science, math, and literacy provocations to be explored at their own will!)

The love and attention I’ve paid to our homeschool spaces have made a huge impact on our homeschool life.the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-28

(my homeschool closet! This is where I store all of the materials we aren’t using but will soon. Science jars and nature bits, math manipulative, art supplies, loose parts, construction materials, literacy supports, over flow books, block play materials, sensory materials, baksets, etc.)

The nature table is once again busy with sketches of mushrooms and bird skeletons, wild mushrooms for observations from the garden, and more!

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(For over a year bird homes and nests have been a running interest in the thread of our homeschool. I set up a small area for all of them and books that correlate!)

The art table is bustling with dino-painting and self regulated paint/clay/animal open-ended dramatic play art!the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-5

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the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-35And more importantly we are back out into the world! Ready to explore! And to our surprise and delight with some lovely friends! I have desired to start a meet-up group for some time now. We’ve desired to explore nature with a regular group in an informal relaxed manner. The Lord provides! Most of the moms in our tiny church homeschool and were interested too! After one or two meet-ups together outside of church I knew that this was our little group!the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-26So introducing our informal Charolette Mason (with a dash of Reggio) inspired nature co-op!
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Oh ya and our goal for this month: STAY OUTSIDE!!

May we do all things to connect with and learn from each other ✨