When we created our new school room, I decided I really wanted to have the room to have a nature study table – a dedicated place for all the treasures that accumulate on nature walks if I’m not carefully observant. 😉
We had an open space under the window that was perfect for a nature area, so I built a bookcase to fit under the window.
This is the view from the window – and we have added 4 various types of bird feeders, a bird bath, and are working on adding in inviting foliage for the birds and animals. We had a downy woodpecker drinking out of our hummingbird feeder last summer. Then he made us all jump when he landed on the metal pieces in the window and preceded to walk all over the window while we were sitting there. So cool!
The really fun thing about the table is that we can group things together and use our guides to identify them.
This has proven to be a valuable tool in our school. The kids like to study and look at the items over and over. When it is time to move on, I can switch out various items too. I keep a box that stores things that are interesting and not something we see every time we walk out the door…the turtle shell our dog dug up, the large feathers Mr. Bug found one day at work, the bird nest with the egg shells in it that blew out of our tree, the butterflies, etc. Each time we re-visit these items, we learn something new because we have changed and grown.
And isn’t that the point?