Standing under the boughs of a Southern magnolia originally planted by the Ijams family at their homesite, EdVentures@Ijams homeschool naturalists work on their tree identification skills.
The students started a basic leaf collection of some of the most common trees. With the help of their teacher/parents they will add to their collections at home.
Ijams works in league with the parents. Nature study works best when it's repeated outdoor lessons with homework in with their parent/teachers. We start the spark and the parent/teachers flame the internal fires of learning the various natural sciences: ornithology, entomology, herpetology, geology. etc. Today it was dendrology, the study of trees.
Young nature students have been coming to the Ijams Homesite since the Girl Scout day camps that began the summer of 1923.
Thanks to all the teacher/parents and to co-leaders Ijams naturalists: AmeriCorps' Ashlind Koskela and Christie Collins.
- Supplied photos by Teacher/Mom Cheri Hall.
|Teacher/Mom Cheri spotted a barred owl|