Assignment 1: Review – Pocketful of Pinecones

Did you read the Introduction?  What did you think?

I really liked the way Karen Andreola explains her goal for the book:

“The pages of Pocketful of Pinecones go further. They are meant to give the reader a larger look at the lifestyle of learning.”

and,

“…the autumn section explains, step by step, how to construct a Nature Notebook and suggests ways to overcome certain obstacles that may arise.”

Like a great recipe laying out the process of making a dish, we need to learn the pieces of the process.  Then, we can experiment: change up the spices, add a little more of this and maybe a little less of that, and make it our own.  I look forward to reading Mrs. Andreola’s recipe for Nature Study and Nature Notebooks, so I can make it my own.

Recently, we have embarked on Nature Study for my child’s kindergarten year.  I have had to relearn a lot of what came natural to me in my youth.  Lay on the grass and stare at the sky.  Lean on my elbows and observe the ants moving in the grass.  Breathe deeply.  Most of these things, my children have taught me again.  And I help them, by asking them to describe the colors of the leaves and comparing the birds tweets, twitters and calls.

It has been a sweet time of reminiscing for me, too.  The smell of fresh cut grass (we live in the south and I heard my first lawn mower last week!), reminds me of playing in Grandma’s yard on a summer’s evening while the adults sat around us talking and laughing.  The birds returning reminds me of my Granny and how she would stand at her back door and tweet and sing back to them.

I look forward to learning the steps of Nature Study and comparing notes with, Carol, the main character, as she begins her first Nature Study with her children and teaches them how to maintain a Nature Notebook.

Finally, I appreciate Karen Andreola’s call to participate in “Mother Culture”:

“In as little as fifteen minutes a day, a mother can strengthen her spirit, expand her mind, exercise her creativity, or ponder ideas that will help her in her arduous task as home maker/home teacher.”

Challenge: begin spending fifteen minutes a day expanding, creating and pondering.  Keep a journal of what you’re doing and when we’re done with the book, see if it has helped strengthen your spirit.

Leave comments below about what you learned from the Introduction.

This coming Tuesday I will post our next reading assignment.

May God Bless you on your walk!

 

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