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Assignment 2: Reading – Pocketful of Pinecones

For Assignment 2, let’s read “Carol Starts Something New” Autumn pages 1-5.

Looking forward to sharing about this.

May God bless you on your walk!


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.”


“…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!


Assignment 1: Reading – Pocketful of Pinecones

Let’s go slow shall we.  We’ve got all the time in the world and I’m not in a hurry.  Are you?  We start now and we finish when we’re done.  Every other thing I do is busy, busy, busy.  When I read, I want to take it in and absorb it.  That’s not easy to do with 10-15 pages assigned each week.  So, I suggest we keep the reading to just a couple of pages and keep ourselves from feeling rushed.

With that thought, let’s begin our reading with the Introduction, pages ix – xi.

I hope you enjoy it and learn something in the process.

May God Bless You on your walk!

Beginning Anew

Last summer our Tuesdays fizzled out as the summer heat became too overbearing. However, I didn’t want to miss out on a book study of this sweet book. I love “Pocketful of Pinecones” and would like to reintroduce it. This time it will be an online group focus.

So, if you are interested in reading “Pocketful of Pinecones” or want to read it again, please join in the discussion here. I will plan on posting on  till I make it to the end of the book. Hopefully, you will join in on the discussion.

I look forward to sharing this book with you here.

Pocketful of Pinecones – Chapters 1 – 10 Discussion Questions (Week 1 and Week 2 reading assignments)


Discussion Questions, as posed by the author, at the end of every “diary entry” in “Pocketful of Pinecones” are simple yet thought provoking. Take time to reflect on each question:

Chapters 1 – 6 Discussion Questions posed by Karen Andreola in “Pocketful of Pinecones”:

1) Would you and your children welcome the idea of starting a Nature Notebook?
2) Does your student like to draw?
3) Which afternoon of the week would be most suitable for your nature observation?
4) Field books are indispensable for identifying living things. What other books on nature study do you have handy?
5) Does your neighborhood have any weedy wayside blossoms?
6) Is there a park in your town that you can visit?
7) Have you tried making leaf rubbings?
8) Do your children have someone or something to love, something to do, and something to think about each day?
9) What is it about Nature Study that interests you, the teacher?
10) Still life subjects of fruits and vegetables in season can become a Nature Notebook entry. Which ones suggest themselves to you?

I would also like to suggest that you take a moment this week and read pages 238-239 from the Appendix.

Where to find “Pocketful of Pinecones”…

Pocketful of Pinecones by Karen Andreola
Pocketful of Pinecones by Karen Andreola

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“Pocketful of Pinecones” reading schedule

Here is the reading schedule for “Pocketful of Pinecones” by Karen Andreola.  Please bring a composition book to use.  We will be creating our own Nature Notebooks using Charlotte Mason’s techniques.  Reading is not required for attendance.

June 17 Chapters: 1-5
June 24 Chapters: 6-10
July 1 Chapters: 11-15
July 8 Chapters: 16-20
July 15 Chapters: 21-25
July 22 Chapters: 26-30
July 29 Chapters: 31-35
August 5 Chapters: 36-40
August 12 Chapters: 41-45
August 19 Chapters: 46-50
August 26 Chapters: 50-58

Pocketful of Pinecones by Karen Andreola
Pocketful of Pinecones by Karen Andreola