Spring Pond Study Week: Exploring Nature With Children

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It’s Spring Pond Study Week in Exploring Nature With Children

Here are some links to help with your nature study:

Happy exploring!

Tinker Crate Planetarium & Free Trial


We were recently introduced to KiwiCo and their rather wonderful monthly subscription boxes. Each box contains a hands-on project that encourages creative thinking, and there are a range of lines to chose from, depending on the age and interests of your child.

I chose the Tinker Crate for Rose; it’s aimed at children aged 9-16 years old & contains a hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) project.

Our box arrived promptly and contained all the materials to create a planetarium. All we needed to add was a pair of scissors. Even the batteries were included! This box was perfect for Rose and she couldn’t wait to get started.

The box also included: detailed step-by-step instructions, the Tinker Zine (a smashing zine containing additional science experiments and activities) and a link to the video tutorial for the planetarium. This was invaluable for us. Rose has dyslexia, so this made the project more manageable and stress free for her.


She very much enjoyed building the planetarium, though it certainly had it’s close calls when things didn’t go as she had expected they should. I was thrilled though to see her persevere and she was delighted with the finished planetarium, which was nice and sturdy, and lit up beautifully. The Tinker Crate was a success for us, and I would highly recommend it.  Rose was asking for the next box all the way through building the planetarium! As a mum to a child who faces various learning challenges, this was music to my ears. We have not always had the best experiences with subscription boxes in the past; issues such as extra things I needed to buy, so we couldn’t be as spontaneous, the instructions being in small type, or projects being a little flimsy, or not working out as expected, but the Tinker Crate met our needs perfectly.


KiwiCo have very kindly offered my followers the chance to try a subscription for free! Pop over to KiwiCo to find out more. The offer is valid until Friday, April 6, 2018

Happy exploring!

Nesting Birds Week : Exploring Nature With Children

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It’s Nesting Birds Week in Exploring Nature With Children

Here are some links to help with your nature study:

Happy exploring!

An Observant Child…

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“An observant child should be put in the way of things worth observing.”

Charlotte Mason

Home Education Vol 1. Ch2: Out-Of-Door Life For The Children p.69

Break Week and March Dates for ENWC

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This week is a break week in the Exploring Nature With Children curriculum.

Here are my suggested dates for March, but, as always, please follow what is happening in nature where you live, and follow ENWC as you see fit.

4th March: Week One ~ Nesting Birds

11th March: Week Two ~ Spring Pond Study

18th March: Week Three ~ Vernal Equinox

25th March: Week Four ~ Garden Snails

Happy exploring!

Calendar of Firsts Week 8


Our first garden frog of the year!

The Alder cones are not new at all, but I wanted to record them again as we collected them this week and I used them to make up a beautiful batch of dye.

Give Your Child…

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Give your child a single valuable idea, and you have done more for his education than if you had laid upon his mind the burden of bushels of information.

Charlotte Mason