Sunday, 23 September 2012

One for sorrow, Two for joy

While we hadn't set out to specifically study birds this month, the topic of magpies came about from an art challenge that I was participating in last week.  I was to draw/paint something from our backyard, so I thought it would be a good idea to invite Tiger along to do the challenge while at the same time getting some nature study in.

We started to observe more closely what was going on in our back garden.  Although we see it everyday, for this exercise I wanted to choose something that leapt out at us, something unusual or extraordinary.  It was then that we noticed an unusual increase in the number of magpies we see in the past week.

Having chosen the topic, we sat down to do some research on the bird.  We watched the interesting clips here before putting an entry into our nature journals.  The poem is a traditional nursery rhyme, which I managed to sneak in as penmanship practice for Tiger.

I started out with one entry:

But I was bugged by the 'One for sorrow, Two for joy' line in the nursery rhyme so much that I felt compelled to make a second one, just to make sure that joy is all around...

Have a good Sunday, everyone!

This post is linked up to:
1) Homeschool Mother's Journal: September 21, 2012
2) Collage Friday
3) Favourite Resources: September 21, 2012
4) TGIF Linky Party #48
5) Weekly Wrap-Up: The One with the Party
6) Science Sunday


  1. wow. what an artist! (and you, too!) :)

    and don't you just love sneaking in those penmanship exercises?

  2. We love nature and nature journaling, too! Love your art and the way nature journaling lends itself to penmanship practice =)
    ~Visiting from Favorite Resources and Collage Friday

  3. We love nature journaling - and we absolutely love birds. I love your journal entries!

    Have a great week,


  4. This is some great nature journaling! Thanks for sharing this post at Favorite Resources.

  5. I love the rhyme and her illustration. Wonderfully done!

  6. Oh and thanks for linking to Science Sunday!


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