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Owl Winter Nature Study – A Charlotte Mason style lesson

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Owl Winter Nature Study – A Charlotte Mason style lesson

Welcome back to our winter nature study series!!!  If you are newly joining us, you can check out the first two portions of the series here {Week 1: Winter Nature Study – A lesson on trees; Week 2: Winter Nature Study – A focus on Astronomy}.  This weeks lesson is covering owls and leading into nocturnal animals.  I am so excited to do an owl winter nature study because in addition to these birds being beautiful and amazing, they happen to live all around our area!

Charlotte Mason Style Nature Study

Our nature study is based around a Charlotte Mason style nature study guide (one for each season) that I got several years ago on CurrClick. For more information on these study guides you can see my review in the first post of the series – Winter Nature Study – A lesson on trees.  Or, you can take a look at the guide and purchase it at CurrClick where they’re currently on sale for only $6.50 per guide as a pdf! For more information on Charlotte Mason and why you would want to  use her teaching methods visit Simply Charlotte Mason

We’re a bit behind in terms of dates but the joy of homeschooling says Who Cares!!  We are interested and learning so we’re just going to continue on with January’s learning in the start of February.

Teaching Resources

 First of all, I really value being able to teach my boys any information through conversation while we are out playing, on a walk or just living life.  So, I use the Apologia Exploring Creation series to top up my knowledge.  The information in these texts is simple to follow and reads like a story!  For our owl winter nature study I will be referring to the Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day textbook.

I am a huge fan of Gail Gibbons’s books and I just recently got her book Owls.  I will be using it as a read aloud for the boys while they build legos or play cars.  (It’s amazing how much information they absorb while playing!  It truly blows my mind!!)

Language Arts

To incorporate our language arts, we are using poetry for memorization, copy work and dictation.  If you’re looking for a compilation book of poetry, another book I highly recommend is Favorite Poems Old & New. This week we will be reading The Owl & The Pussycat from our poetry book.  This is one of my all time favourite poems!  Since it’s a bit long for our handwriting, we will be using Three Little Owlets from the nature study guide.  I’ve created a printable version for you to use as well.  I put the printed poem into an 8 1/2 x 11 dollar store picture frame hung above Izzy’s desk.  This brings it to our minds often and allows for reading throughout the week other than during our focussed work time.

A Free Printable for you!

A sweet poem perfect for memorization, copy work or dictation in a Charlotte Mason style owl winter nature study. Click thru to blog to get your free printable!

 (You can download your copy of the Three Little Owlets printable for your own home use!)

As with the previous weeks, Izzy and I will both read the poem aloud on Monday afternoon.  Then, on Tuesday and Wednesday we will use the poem for copy work.  Finally, Thursday and Friday I will dictate to him.  We do 1-2 stanzas per day.

We will also be reading A Wise Old Owl.  If you don’t know this one, it is a wisdom quote that lends to good character trait discussion. 

A Wise old owl sat on an oak.  The more he saw the less he spoke.  The less he spoke the more he heard.  Why aren’t we all like that wise old bird?

A wise old owl sat on an oak, the more he saw, the less he spoke... Click To Tweet

Along with this saying we will be using James 1:19 as our scripture verse for the week.

James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak... Click To Tweet

I love how perfectly this quote ties into the wisdom saying and in our household it is the perfect timing as we’ve found a need to refocus our listening skills.

An Owl Winter Nature Study Walk

This week our focus will be on owls and we know that we have them living in our area.  We can hear them sometimes at night.  Also, we stumbled across a pair of them in the woods at the provincial park a few months before Christmas.  We want to see if we can find some owl pellets to dissect!

If you have never experienced the wonder of dissecting an owl pellet you are in for a thrill.  Owl pellets are not feces, but vomit.  It truly is riveting to open up these hard pellets to discover the fur, bones, teeth, feathers, or shells hidden inside.  As such, you can use these treasures to help figure out what the owl was eating.  If you don’t have owls in your area or don’t want to go traipsing through the woods looking for owl puke, you can order your owl pellets online.

Our Weekly Art Project

In my online browsing I came across a plethora of wonderful owl crafts and art projects.  So, it was hard to choose which one to focus on.  Instead I’m going to let Izzy pick the one that speaks to him the most.  Here are my four favourite possibilities to add to this weeks Owl Winter Nature Study.

Owl art project ideas to go along with our owl winter nature study. For lesson plans and resources click to see my blog post and join in or follow along!


The top two art projects come from Deep Space Sparkle. Owl Art Ideas is a free printable with a guide teaching kids how to draw owls and a colouring page as well.  How to draw and paint owls is a free art lesson on the website aimed towards the younger elementary crowd (Kindergarten/Grade 1) and is based on the teaching guide previously mentioned.  As you may have read in my other posts on Nature Study, I love deep space sparkle because the website is well laid out and easy to navigate.  Furthermore, there are several free lesson and many affordable lessons too.  Patty, the owner and teacher, has a wonderful way of walking you through a lesson so that you know exactly what you need to do and how to do it.  Finally, I really appreciate her teaching style as I am artistically challenged.  

Lastly, the bottom left photo is from Art Dish with MJ and has basic instructions for how to recreate this type of picture.  However, this project is aimed at older elementary or early high school students.

The bottom right picture has no lesson associated with it.  An artist, Sassi, created these stones and her Facebook page dedicated to her work on stones.  These beautiful rocks would be fun to try and recreate with the kids using acrylic paints!

I would love to see what you get up to for your nature study!  Make sure to leave a comment and let me know!!

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I am a follower of Jesus, SAHM, THMer, and homeschooler to my 4 boys. I love to garden and am a wanna be homesteader. I also LOVE organizing.

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  • Our first #harvest of #rhubarb ! We got 1/4 pound. So what do you do with such a small amount of this vegetable? (That's right! Even though we often enjoy it like a fruit #itsavegetable ). I made #pop , rhubarb pop!! It was delicious πŸ˜‹What is your favourite rhubarb treat??
  • #messy tables usually cause me grief! But not this time, when I turned around and saw our #kitchentable a complete cluttered #mess, I felt happy πŸ’• today my table reflects the mom I want to be for my kids always. We went on a #naturewalk together, #collected leaves, make #leafprint artwork and enjoyed each other! Our messy kitchen table reflects the love and learning that happened here today. What about you? What made you smile today?
  • This #sweet and #serious boy is on the count down to #threeyears! Time goes so fast it's crazy!!! If you've been following my feed for awhile you know how old my baby is! If you multiply his age and Mickey Blues age - they are the square root of my next oldest son! He just had a birthday. How old did he turn??? #math #riddles
  • I'm not good at #mushroom identification but I still like to #photograph them!! We found these little ones growing on the side of the road on our #naturewalk this morning. Izzy and I are starting a #couchto5k program and today was our first #run. We enjoyed our walk back looking at leaves and everything growing along the side of the road. He wants to learn to #identifymushroom . Anyone that can #identifythis ?
  • Things are certainly coming along well in the #garden !  The #garlic is about 2 feet tall, the #potato plants are ready to mound up, as our everbearing #strawberries have flowers on them! Despite the cooler than normal #weather at this time of year, everything is growing and growing well! I can't wait to walk through the garden in full bloom and pick our food πŸ’•
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