Nature Word of the Month – May 2017

Nature Word of the Month - May 2017: Frondescence

Sometimes, it can seem like we wait and wait for the arrival of spring and then all of the sudden it’s here.  Not when the calendar says it’s spring but when early spring flowers bloom by the roadsides, tree buds begin to break open, and migrating birds begin to return.

Nature word of the month - May 2017: frondescence

I was so happy to see leaves finally popping out last week, I was practically running from tree to tree to check them all out.  This week we noticed that some ferns have emerged and are starting to slowly unfurl.  I adore springtime with all the energy of renewed life in the air!  And now I am happy to have a new word to add to my nature vocabulary repertoire.  I’ll be watching closely for more spring frondescence…

If you’d like to print a copy to pin up or add to your journal, click here to download.

Fondly,
Monique

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Nature Word of the Month: FEUILLEMORT

Nature Word of the Month: FEUILLEMORT

“The dead leaves their rich mosaics
Of olive and gold and brown
Had laid on the rain-wet pavements,
Through all the embowered town.”

-Samuel Longfellow

What colors come to mind for you when you think of the colors of dying leaves?  Olive?  Sepia?  Copper?  I love how the word for this month (from the French feuille morte) conjures up so many different hues, the visual unique for each one of us.

Spend some time with your child noticing the colors of the autumn leaves around you.  Bring home a collection or take some photos.  Look at the variety.  Can you arrange them from darkest to lightest?  How else might you categorize them?  How would you describe the colors?  What do the colors make you think of?

Resources to Inspire:

Investigate Further

I hope this word of the month and the resources above help heighten your appreciation for all the shades of fall’s fading leaves.

Have fun exploring!

Fondly,
Monique

P.S. If you’d to print a copy of this month’s word, you can download a PDF version.

Nature Word of the Month: Crepuscular

An acquaintance recently introduced me to the word ‘crepuscular’, using it in reference to her cat.  I found the word fascinating and it made me want to research other unusual words that related to nature.  I developed a list and decided to introduce one a month to my children.  It could be fun to incorporate them into our nature journaling (as well as other home-education activities).

Would you like to learn along with us?  Here’s our first word…

CREPUSCULAREven though I plan to start in August, we just happen to have Lizi Boyd’s book, Flashlight, checked out from the library.  We loved her book Inside Outside (and were inspired to create this activity) so we were anxious to read this one. While flipping through Flashlight, we pointed out which animals we thought were crepuscular and discussed the possible reasons why.

Another good book to read with your children is Daylight Starlight Wildlife.

We’re looking forward to the fun we’ll have exploring crepuscular animals both near and far.  My kids are already having fun just saying the word!  We hope you have fun with it too and would love for you to share how you and your children explore crepuscular animals.

Fondly,
Monique