SCCS Winter Walks
As we make our way through the winter months in this pandemic school year, our building is warm and toasty and our students are happy and healthy, but we are also feeling the loss of parent involvement and the cancellation of our usual seasonal events like Open House and Thursday Coffee. Winter feels just a little longer, a little colder, and a little less inspiring without these opportunities to connect with our families, welcome new families into the school, or offer our usual hospitality. With that in mind, we are re-directing our energy and introducing something new and different this February called SCCS Winter Walks.
We are digging deep into our shared values of beauty, community, a sense of place, and a Charlotte Mason inspired love of the natural world to freely share some resources that we hope will help get us all through this final stretch of winter together.
On this page you’ll find some pandemic-friendly nature activities: A winter scavenger hunt and a tutorial for doing nature study using a drybrush watercolor technique. The scavenger hunt can be divided into a basic side that is appropriate for all ages, and a more advanced side that might be more fun for older kids and adults. We created a hunt that is specific to our favorite place to take nature walks: Tower Grove Park! SCCS is located a few minutes walking distance from Tower Grove Park. While a few items in the hunt are specific to the park, and also to Missouri in winter, we hope that the hunt will also be versatile enough to use widely.
We hope you’ll be inspired to participate and invite someone to join you!
To read more about student journaling at SCCS read our blog post.
For a wonderful Charlotte Mason resource on nature study through the seasons, check out The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock.
For lots of great information and inspiration for nature journaling, check out Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You, by Clare Walker Leslie and Charles E. Roth.