I have been so intrigued by incorporating The Private Eye into a comprehensive nature study that I have created a new blog dedicated to writing about it: A Private Eye Nature.
Admittedly our nature studies have never been much. For whatever reason I never seemed to be able to make this into something regular and productive. We love nature walks but never got much beyond that. Drawing is not a strong suit for Ds#1 or Ds#2; we'll see about Ds#3. Writing was a struggle for the older two as well until this year when some mystical switch flipped inside them, especially the oldest. His creative writing has really impressed me!
Using the loupe, writing analogies, drawing, and asking why--the four basic steps--just seemed to make everything else come together. It gave me a method from which to inspire the art and the writing. It gave the boys something fascinating and hands-on to do. I started the blog not just to record our endeavors, but to also write about tips and resources to help others interested in this approach. Follow along and enjoy!