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Field Trip Week | Exploring Nature with Children

It’s almost Field Trip Week in Exploring Nature With Children! This week is all about choosing a new place to go for your nature walk; either an entirely new place to you and your child, or somewhere you very rarely visit. Here’s a list of free virtual field trips for your child to enjoy without having to leave home at all:

  • The British Museum: The Museum of the World – Not a virtual field trip, but an incredible resource!
  • The Natural History Museum: “Can’t get out far to explore nature? On this page you’ll find activities and ideas to occupy yourself and family at home, in your garden or local outdoor space.”
  • Beamish Museum: an open air museum in North East England  that brings the region’s history alive.
  • Smithsonian: Virtual tours of exhibits & distance learning webinars & activities for all ages.
  • Bright Farms: An interactive tour designed to teach kids, parents and teachers about indoor farming.
  • Mount Rushmore: Take a virtual tour of the “Majestic figures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, surrounded by the beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota”
  • Chester Zoo: “From AMAZING aardvarks, an elephant POOL PARTY and fantastic fossa!”
  • Houston Zoo: “enjoy a live look at animals that call the Houston Zoo home! See the herd of Asian elephants wander through their enormous habitat. Watch as giraffes nibble lettuce fed to them by guests at the feeding platform; you could join them on your next visit. See the rhinos roll in their mud puddle or the flamingos float next to a waterfall. See the chimpanzees interact with guests at their window or snooze in a hammock.”
  • San Diego Zoo: “Live cams and videos of your favourite animals”
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium: “Be delighted by the antics of our sea otters or mellow out to the hypnotic drifting of our jellies. Experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are.”

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.

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 the ENWC curriculum. This week’s hashtag will be:  #ENWCfieldtripweek

Happy exploring!

Evergreens Week | Exploring Nature with Children

It’s almost Evergreen Week in Exploring Nature With Children!

Here are some links to help with your nature study:

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.

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 the ENWC curriculum. This week’s hashtag will be: #ENWCevergreenweek

Happy exploring!

Earthworm Week | Exploring Nature with Children

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It’s Earthworms Week in Exploring Nature With Children! Here are some links to help with your nature study:

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.

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 the ENWC curriculum. This week’s hashtag will be: #ENWCearthwormweek

Happy exploring!

February Nature Note

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

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

If you are new here, and to Exploring Nature with Children, I’m thrilled that you’re joining us! If you subscribe to the blog posts on the website, You’ll receive the monthly Nature Note, which will give you an overview of the month ahead, and also the weekly Exploring Nature with Children theme posts, which I hope will be helpful to you in your studies.

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

1st ~ 7th Week 1 Candlemas Week { Candlemas falls on Tuesday 2nd } #ENWCcandlemasweek

8th ~ 14th Week 2: Earth Worm Week  #ENWCearthwormweek

15th ~ 21st Week 3: Evergreen Week #ENWCevergreenweek

22nd ~ 28th Week 4: Field Trip Week  #ENWCfieldtripweek

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 { see above } to enable you to connect with other families working through the ENWC curriculum.

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! 

Seasonal notes:

February brings the rain,
Thaws the frozen lake again.

~ The Months by Sara Coleridge

Special days this January:

Happy exploring!

Candlemas Week | Exploring Nature with Children

It’s almost Candlemas Week in Exploring Nature With Children 

Candlemas falls on TuesdayFebruary 2nd and takes its name from the blessing of candles for use in church throughout the coming year, marking the presentation of the Holy Child in the Temple, where Simeon held Jesus and called him a ‘Light to the World’. In pre-Christian times February 1st was an important festival to celebrate the returning light.

Here are some links to help with your nature study:

Happy exploring!

Winter Pond Study Week | Exploring Nature with Children

It’s almost Winter Pond Study Week in Exploring Nature With Children Here are some links to help with your nature study:

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!

Winter Tree Study Week | Exploring Nature with Children

It’s almost Winter Tree Study Week in Exploring Nature With Children.

Here are some helpful links for your studies:

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.

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 the ENWC curriculum. This week’s hashtag will be: #ENWCwintertreeweek

Happy exploring!

Moon Study Week | Exploring Nature with Children

Some helpful links for next week’s Moon Study Week in Exploring Nature With Children:

Moon Phases Calendar January 2021

Lunar Sketching by Daniel Mounsey PDF

Moon Phases Demonstration ~ video

Do We Need the Moon? BBC documentary

Moon Map printable

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.

If you’re following along with the community over on Instagram, do pop over and say hello! Think of it as your virtual home school co op! 

To enable you to connect with other families working through the ENWC curriculum, this week’s hashtag will be: #ENWCmoonweek

Happy exploring!

If you find yourself homeschooling…

If you find yourself homeschooling instead of your children being at school as usual, you may be be feeling somewhat overwhelmed.

Here’s a daily rhythm that you might find helpful in keeping this time as peaceful and stress free as possible:

* Rise & Shine!

* Dress & hygiene

Have everyone up at the same time each day. Get them washed and dressed, ready for breakfast.

* Breakfast & clean up
Everyone sit at the table for breakfast, you can chat about your day ahead, and bigger children can help wee ones if needed. Everyone clear their own place, and give each child a specific clean up chore (washing the dishes, sweeping up crumbs, putting away the toast rack, etc.)

* Family Quiet Time
Gather together to have quiet time, in whatever way that works for your own family. You may wish to pray, read your Bible, make a telephone call to a poorly, or elderly neighbour. Whatever works best for you.

* Chores
Everyone can help here, even little tots can help sort out laundry; you’ll just need adjust your standards a little! Play some joyful music & set a timer.

* Reading time
Take a bathroom break, then settle everyone down with drinks and snacks as you read aloud to them. Read fairy tales, stories of heroes, books of your children’s choosing, poems & rhymes, tales from history. Read whatever you have.

* Narrate
Simply ask your child to tell back their favourite part of the story (or the most interesting part, scariest part, etc.) Older children can write this instead of telling.

* Maths games
Play hopscotch, throw beanbags as you recite timetables, set up a wee ‘shop’ using tins and packets from the kitchen. There’s lots of practice there with addition and subtraction, and maths facts.

* Lunch & clean up

* Nap or rest time
Everyone can lie on their beds and read / look at books quietly, or take a nap.

* Time out of doors
Play in the garden, watch the birds at the feeders, take a walk around your neighbourhood.
BE SURE TO KEEP YOURSELF AND OTHERS SAFE
If you are indoors, then there are many videos with movement songs on YouTube.

* Creativity
Lego, drawing, colouring, painting, knitting, sewing, playing with blocks, puzzles etc.