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Butterflies Week | Exploring Nature With Children

It’s Butterfly Week in Exploring Nature With Children!

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Exploring Nature With Children is an open and go curriculum. To make it even easier, I have created a free calendar for you to download.

Happy exploring!

Black Garden Ant Week | Exploring Nature With Children

It’s Garden Ant Week in Exploring Nature With Children!

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Exploring Nature With Children is an open and go curriculum. To make it even easier, I have created a free calendar for you to download.

Happy exploring!

Caterpillars Week Two | Exploring Nature With Children

It’s almost Caterpillars Week One in Exploring Nature With Children.

Here are some links to help you along:

Exploring Nature With Children is an open and go curriculum. To make it even easier, I have created a free calendar for you to download.

Happy exploring!

Caterpillars Week One | Exploring Nature With Children

It’s almost Caterpillars Week One in Exploring Nature With Children.

Here are some links to help you along:

Exploring Nature With Children is an open and go curriculum. To make it even easier, I have created a free calendar for you to download.

Happy exploring!

May Nature Note

Book : : The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden

I hope that this May Nature Note finds you & your loved ones well during these extremely challenging times.

If you are new to Exploring Nature with Children, and are joining us for the first time this month, please jump right in. You can begin ENWC at any point in the year, and there’s no better time to get started than the present!

If you began back in 2019, my hope is that you and your child are enjoying your studies, and learning about the natural world around you.

A quote to carry with you this May:

Miss Mason  certainly knew the potential of a single valuable idea., versus heaps of dry facts. Here’s an excellent definition from Sonya Shafer:

“The facts are just something that happened to someone else. The factual account takes all the emotional and human experience aspects out of the equation. But the ideas are common human experiences and emotions that we can relate to and learn from.”

Isn’t this quite transformative for the education of the child! “common human experiences and emotions that we can relate to and learn from.” These ideas with speak to not only the mind of the child, but also to their heart. When given an idea, the child can spend time thinking deeply about it & turning it over in their mind. They get to digest the idea, make it their very own, ask questions, and ultimately form their own opinion as opposed to just reciting, and later forgetting, dry facts.

For those of you who are using Exploring Nature With Children, the weeks for May fall as follows:

4th ~ 10th Week 1: Caterpillars Week One

11th ~ 17th Week 2: Caterpillars Week Two

18th ~ 24th Week 3 Black Garden Ants Week

25th ~ 31st Week 4: Butterflies Week  

There’s a free ENWC calendar for the year to download here.

As always, please work the weeks to suit your own circumstances best; these are just my own suggestions! 

Please keep in mind social distancing, and your own government’s guidelines during these difficult times.

If you’re over on Instagram, do pop over and say hello! The Instagram page is very much about community; think of it as your virtual home school co op! Our community uses the #exploringnaturewithchildren hashtag, & also specific weekly hashtags to enable you to connect with other families working through ENWC this year.

Seasonal notes:

Keep a lookout on your walks for songbirds and wildflowers. The world is bursting into life! Here’s a smashing craft that you might enjoy:

Special days this May:

  • 1st May Day
  • 8th Victory in Europe Day 75th aniversary
  • 10th Mothers’ Day (US)
  • 25th Memorial Day
  • 31st Whitsun / Pentecost

Here are some lovely ideas for celebrating Mothers’ Day during Lockdown.

Happy Exploring!

Grasses Week | Exploring Nature With Children

It’s Grasses Week in Exploring Nature With Children.

Here are some links to help you along:

Exploring Nature With Children is an open and go curriculum. To make it even easier, I have created a free calendar for you to download.

Happy exploring!

Wildflowers Week | Exploring Nature With Children

This week in Exploring Nature With Children is ‘Wildflower Week’.

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Exploring Nature With Children is an open and go curriculum. To make it even easier, I have created a free calendar for you to download.

Happy exploring!

Plant Life Cycle Week | Exploring Nature With Children

This week in Exploring Nature With Children is ‘Plant Life-Cycle Week’.

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Exploring Nature With Children is an open and go curriculum. To make it even easier, I have created a free calendar for you to download.

Happy exploring!

Spring Tree Study Week | Exploring Nature With Children

This week in Exploring Nature With Children is ‘Spring Tree Study Week’.

Here are some helpful links to help with your studies:

Please keep in mind social distancing, and your own government’s guidelines during these difficult times.

Exploring Nature With Children is an open and go curriculum. To make it even easier, I have created a free calendar for you to download.

Happy exploring!

April Nature Note

I hope that this April Nature Note finds you well during these challenging times.

If you are new to Exploring Nature with Children, and are joining us for the first time this month, please jump right in. You can begin ENWC at any point in the year, and there’s no better time to get started than the present!

If you began back in 2019, my hope is that you and your child are enjoying your studies, and learning about the natural world around you.

A quote to carry with you this April:

Modern life is busy. Following on from last month’s theme: ‘Adopt the pace of nature’, we can reserve time to slow down, and observe. The world around us has so much for us to learn, if we can but spend a few moments regularly observing.

As always, the weekly themes within Exploring Nature With Children give plenty of prompts for you to follow with your child, but take those themes into your everyday life, don’t just save them up for ‘nature study.’

  • Observe the patterns of the buds and leaves, and how they change, in a tree outside your window, or one that you pass on your short, daily walk.
  • Lookout for wildflowers starting to bloom, and draw the flowering sequence in your journal.
  • Track moon phases.

For those of you who are using Exploring Nature With Children, the weeks fall as follows:

6th ~ 12th Week 1: Spring Tree Study Week 

13th ~ 19th Week 2: Plant Life Cycle Week

20th ~ 26th Week 3 Wildflowers Week

27th ~ 3rd Week 4: Grasses Week  

There’s a free calendar for the year to download here.

As always, please work the weeks to suit your own circumstances best; these are just my own suggestions!

Please keep in mind social distancing, and your own government’s guidelines during these difficult times.

If you’re over on Instagram, do pop over and say hello! The Instagram page is very much about community; think of it as your virtual home school co op! Our community uses the #exploringnaturewithchildren hashtag, & also specific weekly hashtags to enable you to connect with other families working through ENWC this year

Seasonal notes:

April heralds the beginning of the spring months. Special days this April:

  • 9th Maundy Thursday
  • 10th Good Friday
  • 12th Easter Sunday
  • 22nd Earth Day
  • 23rd St. George’s Day

Here are some super ideas for celebrating Earth Day with children from TinkerLab

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