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Important Info For Minibeast Week

Hello friends!

There’s a sentence missing from one of the Minibeast week activities in Exploring Nature With Children. It should read as follows:

Hunt for a garden spider’s web. Wait for the spider to leave the web, then spray the web with hairspray, and sprinkle with baby powder or flour whilst the hairspray is still wet. Carefully bring a piece of black cardstock from behind the web, until the web is laying on the card. Give the web & cardstock another quick spritz of hairspray to fix the web in place. Garden spiders build a new web each day.

This was the missing part: sprinkle with baby powder or flour.

My sincere apologies to you all. It has now been updated in ENWC.

Also, don’t forget we’re switching around September Week Two & Week Three, to accommodate for the Harvest Moon on the 14th. There’s a free calendar to download that has all the year’s dates.

Happy exploring!

SEED WEEK | EXPLORING NATURE WITH CHILDREN

It’s a brand new year of Exploring Nature With Children! Are you ready?

Seed Week is a smashing week with which to begin studying nature. Here are some links to help with your nature study:

If you’re on Instagram, our community uses the #exploringnaturewithchildren hashtag, if you would like to join us. I love to see your ENWC adventures, so please feel free to tag me, and I may share your photograph on my Instagram page. I’m over there as Raising Little Shoots if you’d like to follow me for daily nature snippets and inspiration.

Happy exploring!

September Nature Note

I hope that this Nature Note finds you well!

September marks the beginning of a new year with Exploring Nature With Children (though you can jump in at any point of the year with this curriculum). If you’re joining us for the first time, I’m so very excited for you!

Nature Study bears real fruit in our home school, in the lives of our children, and in ourselves:

“Consider, too, what an unequalled mental training the child-naturalist is getting for any study or calling under the sun -the powers of attention, of discrimination, of patient pursuit, growing with his growth, what will they not fit him for?” Miss Mason

Little by little, we can do this!

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

2nd ~ 8th Week 1: Seed Week

9th ~ 15th Week 3: Harvest Moon Week { The Harvest Moon falls on the 14th }

16th ~ 22nd Week 2 Minibeast Hunt

23rd ~ 29th Week 4 The Autumnal Equinox { The Equinox falls on the 23rd }

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

If you’re over on Instagram, do pop over and say hello! Our community uses the #exploringnaturewithchildren hashtag, if you would like to join in. I love to see your ENWC adventures, so please feel free to tag me, and I may share your photograph on my own Instagram page.

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

It’s a perfect time of the year for foraging. Keep a look out for the hedgerows bursting with goodies: hips, haws, elderberries, hazelnuts, and sloes. During WWII here in Britain, children were encouraged to collect rose hips, which were made into National rose hip syrup, by the Ministry of Health and this was sold in in chemists’ shops in England, Scotland, and Wales. Rose hips are a valuable source of vitamin C, which was much needed during times of food rationing.

Blackberry pies and crumbles are a firm favourite here at this time of year, and I have begun to make raspberry flavoured gin for grown up Christmas presents. The instructions if you are interested can be found here. Do let me know what you have been foraging for this month, and do keep in touch and let me know how you get on with ENWC.

Happy exploring!

Discussion Week | Exploring Nature With Children

This week in Exploring Nature With Children is ‘Discussion Week’, our last week of this school year!

I really do hope that you have enjoyed your time with ENWC, and hope that you’ll consider using it again, for layered learning.

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Happy exploring!

Summer Pond Study | Exploring Nature With Children

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

Here are some links to help with your nature study.

Happy exploring!

A Senses Walk | Exploring Nature With Children

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

Happy exploring!

NIGHT TIME SKY WEEK | EXPLORING NATURE WITH CHILDREN

It’s Night Time Sky Week in Exploring Nature With Children! 

Here are some links to help with your nature study:

Happy exploring!

SUMMER SALE

The Summer Sale Has Begun!

All products are 20% off until Saturday 17th August.

August Plans

Happy August!

I hope that you’re enjoying the slower paced days of summer, and are looking forward to a new school year (if you have already begun, do leave me a comment and let me now how you’re getting on!)

August is a smashing month for nature study; the Perseids Meteor Shower begins to peak from the 9th onwards, this year the new moon falls on the 1st, so the showers should quite visible, cloud cover allowing. We have harvest in full swing (you might like to add Celebrating the Seasons with Children : : Harvest Festival to your summer plans). Berries and fruits are bursting forth, and if you watch patiently, you may be rewarded by seeing a wee creature foraging for its dinner!

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

1 ~ 4th Break Week

5 ~ 11th Week 1: Night Time Sky

12 ~ 18th Week 2 Senses Walk

19 ~ 25th Week 3 Summer Pond Study

26 ~ 1st Week 4 Discussion Week

If you’re beginning Exploring Nature With Children for the first time this September, we shall be starting out with Week 1 : : Seed Week on Monday 2nd September.

If you’re over on Instagram, do pop over and say hello! Our community uses the #exploringnaturewithchildren hashtag, if you would like to join in. I love to see your ENWC adventures, so please feel free to tag me, and I may share your photograph on my own Instagram page.

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

In other news, the summer sale begins on Saturday 3rd August! There shall be a 20% discount on all the Raising Little Shoots products.

BREAK WEEK | EXPLORING NATURE WITH CHILDREN

It’s Break Week this week in Exploring Nature With Children.

Here are some quizzes for you for a little bit of fun:

Which Tree-Loving Animal are You?

A Science & Nature Quiz

If you’d like to use this week to brush up on your nature photography, here are some smashing pointers:

How to Take Great Nature Photographs

Happy exploring!