Pears and Apples

We purchased a flat of pears a few days ago so I was eager to do this nature study before the kids devoured them entirely.  We began as suggested by Barb, More Nature Study #3 Pear Study, by reading about pears online.  We then identified the pears we had purchased and proceeded to sketch them carefully.

Buddy’s journal entry

I was surprised that neither of the kids had wanted to use colored pencils or watercolor on their pears.  They both agreed they wanted to leave them as a pencil sketch.  I may have to do some watercolored pears as an example to inspire them.

Sweetie’s journal entry

A few days after we sketched the fruit, we were able to observe a pear tree in the yard of a friend.  The kids collected a few leaf samples as well as a couple of the fruit.  “They aren’t ripe,” they remarked so I reminded them that pears ripen after they have been picked.  We brought a couple home to see how long they would take to ripen.  
Another day passes and as we are doing a little grocery shopping, Buddy discovers Asian Pears in the produce department.  “Can we get these, Mom? I want to sketch them.”  I think we’ve discovered a new passion in him. 🙂

About Eva Varga

Eva is passionate about education. She has extensive experience in both formal and informal settings. She presently homeschools her two young children, teaches professional development courses through the Heritage Institute, and writes a middle level secular science curriculum called Science Logic. In addition to her work in education, she is an athlete, competing in Masters swimming events and marathons. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, learning new languages, and above all spending time with her family. ♥