Exploring Nature With Children


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Exploring Nature With Children: A Guided Journal

Exploring Nature With Children is a complete, year-long curriculum designed to guide you, step by step, through an entire calendar year of nature study. Completely self-contained, this book has all the information you need to make nature study happen regularly for your family.

Exploring Nature With Children contains:

  • An entire chapter devoted to getting you up and running with nature study.
  • Forty-eight weeks of themed and guided nature study; four weeks for each month of the year, organised by season. Exploring Nature With Children can be used as a whole year’s study, or dipped in and out of as you please.

Each week’s guided study contains the following:

  • A themed nature walk.

Exploring Nature With Children will take you step by step through a themed, Charlotte Mason-style, nature walk. There is no need to hunt through various books and websites; all the information you need is there, leaving you free to enjoy being out in nature with your child.

  • References to the Handbook Of Nature Study.

Exploring Nature With Children is completely self-contained, but includes references to related pages in the Handbook Of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock, should you wish to delve a little deeper.

  • A themed book list.

With books for children of all ages, you will find a comprehensive list of living books related to the week’s nature study theme. Exploring Nature With Children is a self-contained course, so the book list is an extra tool, not a necessity.

  • A poem

Related to the nature theme of the week; a classic piece of poetry that can be used for copywork, dictation, or simply to just read aloud and enjoy.

  • A piece of art

The name and details of a piece of art that relates to the nature theme of the week has been included. This can easily be looked up online, or in art books available from your local library.

  • Extension activities for your child

Here you will find a list of activities, written directly to your child, that will extend their nature study throughout the whole of the week. You will find ideas for crafts, writing, science, maths, and more, with absolutely no busy work.

546 thoughts on “Exploring Nature With Children

  1. Hi I bought this a while ago but could not download onto my iPad. How do I find it again and try with computer. Canny seem to be able to access it. Many thanks,

    Kirsteen Anderssen

    1. Hello Kristeen

      Please could you email me with the email address you used to purchase & the date if you know it. I can go into the system & resend your purchase email which will contain the download link.

      lynnseddonhs at gmail dot com


  2. I just purchased and downloaded your ebook. It worked perfectly! My only question is if you have any kind of page or document that allows permission to print one copy for personal use… You see, I have a local printer who will not print or spiral bind anything without permission (they think I must be up to something with my one copy!!!) because of copyright laws. Also, do you recommend printing double sided or single?
    Thank you for your trouble!

      1. Thank you so much for getting back to me. We’ve also been a family who has wanted to incorporate more nature into our days, and sadly lacked each year.

        I’m now going through the reviews and reading them and think that this could be a good fit since my girls and I already have nature journals and all the supplies.

        I’m just not all that fond of pdf files because I have a difficult time getting it printed locally with copyright issues. I just have a love with holding a good book in my hands 🙂

        I appreciate all the work you have poured into this. I can tell it’s been a work of heart.

        1. I completely understand the struggle to make nature study consistent, hence the book!

          I also prefer to have a physical book in my hands 🙂 I have provided a release email for many US readers (we don’t seem to have the issue with printing in the UK. Please feel free to shoot me an email any time & I will send you a release email.

          lynnseddonhs at gmail dot com

          Thank you for your lovely comments 🙂

          Happy exploring!

  3. Hi there!! I have been on the hunt to find a curriculum for next year or if we’ll stay with Ambleside. This is beautiful, thank you! I just downloaded and printed your amazing curriculum. I can’t wait to get started right away. I adore Charlotte Mason’s beliefs and my sons love nature; so it’s perfect in every way.
    I downloaded from mylittlepoppies and tried to enter my promo code and it didn’t work but my payment went through already. I’m hoping it’s not too late for a refund.
    Thank you

  4. Hi there,
    I purchased your ebook through paypal on Friday and tried multiple times to download it but it would not download. The file showed as 0mb and wouldn’t open. Now I’m locked out as it says I tried too many times.
    I also tried emailing you about this.
    Thank you for your help!

      1. Thank you for your help and your prompt response…it worked now and I am excited to use it with my boys at home and with my co-op class this fall.

  5. Hello from California. I don’t know who you are and I don’t have any children but your beautiful bird and flower watercolors warmed my heart tonight. Best wishes, Rachel

    1. Good morning from grey & cloudy England, Nat!

      I have written Exploring Nature With Children to be as accessible as possible to all families, but it has a definite northern hemisphere slant.

      Here is a link to the preview:


      This shows the entire table of contents, with the weekly themes, which will help you in judging if this curriculum will work for you. As you are in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons would need to be swapped around (follow the spring-time chapters in autumn, for example.) But I am not sure how practical this would be.

      The preview also includes a complete week’s lesson plan, so you can have a good look and decide if it would fit for your family.

      I hope that is helpful, thanks for taking the time to message me.

      Kind regards

  6. I have just sent you the funds via uk paypal, sorry i couldnt use the US version for whatever reason. Can you please look out for my payment and send a copy of the ebook when possible please.

  7. Hello from the states!
    I keep trying to buy your lovely book but when i go to pay a pop up goes up telling me there are difficulties at this time and it never works. what am i doing wrong. i just would love to have your book it looks wonderful! please help!

    1. Hello Laura!

      So sorry to hear you are having such difficulties. Please may I suggest changing browser. Do let me know how you get on. You can email me at:

      lynnseddonhs at gmail dot com

      Thank you

  8. Hello! How many pages is your book? I am very interested in purchasing a copy…Just trying to figure out if I can print it on my personal inkjet printer. (I have a hard time with books in PDF form, and need to print to be able to use it properly) Thank you!

  9. I can’t wait to use this with my kids! Unfortunately, I purchased it online and paid via PayPal, but didn’t receive an email with the download. Could you please send me the download file?

    1. Hello there
      I have just had a google notification to say my email to you failed. I had replied to the one that is attached to the account you commented with. I am afraid I now have no other way to contact you; I am completely reliant upon you emailing me with the details of your purchase so I can help you. Please could you email me at lynnseddonhs at gmail dot com with the email address lined to your Paypal account. That way I can find you in the system & resend your download link.
      Kind regards

  10. Hi Lynn, may I know if Exploring Nature with Children is suitable for homeschoolers who live in countries that do not experience season changes. I’m from Singapore and it’s summer all year round here.

    1. Hello Ruth

      Thank you for your question.

      I have written Exploring Nature With Children to be as accessible as possible to all families, but it has a definite northern hemisphere slant. I have had several families in the Southern Hemisphere purchase & enjoy using the book, but it is definitely written with seasons in mind. I would suggest that you have a look at the preview. Here you can see a complete week’s lessons and the table of contents, which shows the theme for each week. This should help you decide if this curriculum will work for your family.

      Do let me know if I can help further.
      Kind regards


  11. I have looked at the preview and would love to purchase this lovely book! Just wondering if it is all black and white? That will help as I determine printing costs. Thank you!

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