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Rock Study ~ The Perfect Indoor Sick Day Nature Study

Last Friday the kids and I went to the park to collect rocks for our rock study. We got instantly distracted by the ice on the lake and spent the majority of our time breaking ice, exploring animals, and observing things (and animals) trapped under the ice. We ran out of time, and got oh-so-cold, so we gathered up some rocks to take home to study at a later time.

With Eli recovering from the stomach flu, none of us had much energy for a full-out day of school today. So it was the perfect time to pull out our rocks and do our rock study.

We used the Rock Observation Chart and Rocks Up Close printables from Barb at Handbook of Nature Study. We needed a few supplies: a magnifying glass, rulers, flexible measuring tape, colored pencils, a magnet, a penny, and a nail.

We had a lot of fun and learned a lot about our rocks. Brynne decided to start a rock collection.


  1. I love that you took the opportunity to fit in your nature study even though you had cold weather and a sick child. Thank you for sharing your rock study and I hope your daughter enjoys her rock collection!
    Thanks for sharing your link with the OHC.

  2. Every time I stopped by I'm reminded of Marcus' homeschool experience. It was good times.
    Thank you so much for the birthday wishes and all the comments.
    I was bummed when Sybil died. She was the most giving person in that family.

  3. We had sick kids too . . . it was nice this could be modified to do inside!


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