Tree Study - Maples
Since we are using a maple for our year-long focus, I combined two challenges into one and did the Maple Sugaring study as well. I am refering constantly to The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock for our studies at this point. The Handbook of Nature Study Spring Challenges give a short overview and can be done without really refering to the book and that is what I had been doing. But I get so much more out of the studies if I do the indoor prepatory work of reading the specific pages in the book beforehand. I take notes and make a one page "cheat sheet" which I then take outside with Froggy and our Nature Journals.
Then we came indoors to learn about Sugar Maples and sugaring. It was the perfect time since we had a sugar snow this week. I pulled out our copy of Little House in the Big Woods and we reread the chapter on Sugar Snow.