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Summer Tree Study Week | Exploring Nature With Children

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

Here are some helpful links for your week:

Happy exploring!

July Nature Note

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

I hope that this July Nature Note finds you & your loved ones well.

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, and are coming toward the end of your studies, I am truly honoured that ENWC has been a part of your home education, and my hope is that you and your child have enjoyed your studies, and learned about the natural world around you. ENWC is written to be used year upon year for layered learning, so I do hope that you will consider joining us again during the next year!

A quote to carry with you this July:

We can experience so much wonder, awe, & joy when we spend time observing nature.  We see beauty in the most ordinary of things. What is nature teaching you & your child this month?

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

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

13th ~ 19th Week 2: Weather Week { St Swithin’s Week : : St. Swithin’s Day falls on Wednesday the 15th }

20th ~ 26th Week 3 Moth Week 

27th ~ 26nd Week 4: Field Trip 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:

Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots and gillyflowers.

~ The Months by Sara Coleridge

Here in England, the countryside is so lush in July. The brambles hang heavy with ripe fruit, and one of my favourite things to do is to pick blackberries from the garden & bake a delicious crumble.

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com

Here’s a good recipe to try.

Special days this May:

Happy exploring!

Break Week | Exploring Nature With Children

Next week is a break week in Exploring Nature With Children. 

To keep up your nature study momentum, spend a little time discussing the changes that you have been observing in your own special nature spot. Talk about the topics that your children have enjoyed learning about: 

•Draw a diagram of the parts of a flower
• What do they remember about the anatomy of a honeybee?
• Tell about the honeybee’s lifecycle.
• Tell what they know about the Summer Solstice.

As you talk with your child, do keep in mind these wise words from Miss Mason’s book: School Education:
We have all been in the case of the little girl who said, “Mother, I think I could understand if you did not explain quite so much.”

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!

Blossom Week | Exploring Nature With Children

This week in Exploring Nature With Children is Blossom Week.

Here are some helpful links for your week:

Happy exploring!

SUMMER SOLSTICE WEEK | EXPLORING NATURE WITH CHILDREN

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

Here are some helpful links for your week:

Happy exploring!

HONEYBEE WEEK | EXPLORING NATURE WITH CHILDREN

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

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Happy exploring!

JUNE NATURE NOTE

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

I hope that this June 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 June:

As you are here, reading this page on a website all about studying nature, I think that we can assume that you are vested in encouraging your child’s natural interest in living things!

Please don’t beat yourself up over how much time that your children are not out of doors, or some such thing. Focus on the small tangible ways that you can make a difference. Exploring Nature With Children will surely hold your hand as you study nature with your child, but make nature study a part of family life:

  • Bring home the wee nature treasures that your child collects out on walks, and display them on a shelf or table where your child can see them. (Obviously keeping them out of the hands of tiny children who may put them into their mouths.)
  • Talk about the living things that you see as you look out of the window, or take your daily walks, or play outside. Can you name them? Describe them? Do they make a sound? If so, what does it remind you of? If you can (safely & reasonably) touch them, what do they feel like?
  • With wee ones (& even not so wee ones!) Say goodnight to the moon each evening. Notice it’s shape & position in the sky.
  • Read nature stories.
  • Enjoy poems about nature.
  • Press wildflowers & make cards to send to friends and family.
  • Encourage nature play & free exploration whenever possible.

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

1st ~ 7th Week 1: Museum Visit Week  Many museums have facilities to take a virtual tour during the pandemic, such as the Natural History Museum in London

8th ~ 14th Week 2: Honey Bee Week 

15th ~ 21st Week 3 Summer Solstice Week The Solstice falls on Saturday the 20th.

22nd ~ 26th Week 4: Blossom 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:

For those of is in the Northern Hemisphere, we tend to think of June as the first month of summer. The daylight hours are at their longest, and nature is in full bloom. If you grow strawberries in your garden, or are able to find them locally, here is a delicious recipe for strawberry jam.

jamieoliver.com

Special days this May:

  • 5th Full Moon
  • 20th Summer Solstice
  • 21st Father’s Day
  • 24th Midsummer / St. John’s Tide

{ You may wish to take a look at my resource for celebrating this day: Celebrating The Seasons With Children }

Happy exploring!

Museum Visit Week | Exploring Nature With Children

It’s almost Museum Week in Exploring Nature With Children.

With museums closed all around the world, I have shared links below to some wonderful virtual tours.

Smithsonian

Many zoos are also now offering virtual tours:

Other places of interest:

Stonehenge : : English Heritage

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 traveling!

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!