What age range is the curriculum suited to?
I have tried to make this book as family friendly, and multi-age as possible. It gives you the necessary scientific information for each week’s nature theme, then the parent can present those facts as they see fit, to each individual child. A child that is old enough to keep a nature journal will get the most out of it, but I have included suggestions for using the book with much younger children, too. I wrote this book because I had been looking to buy something like this since my 14 year old daughter was a toddler. I would have jumped at this book, even with a tiny, because it would equip me as a mum to talk with my child about nature, without having to go through a pile of different books first!
The extension activities included vary; venn diagrams, writing poetry, making models, amongst many others. I have been very careful to use only relevant, authentic activities, with absolutely no busy work. Some will suit younger children, others are for the older child.
What climate is this curriculum suitable for?
Exploring Nature With Children is written to be as accessible as possible to all families, however, it has a definite northern hemisphere, four season slant. Other families will need to adapt the book slightly to fit with either their climate or location. I have many happy readers from all around the globe. Take 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.
What month does the curriculum begin?
Exploring Nature With Children has four weekly chapters for each month of the year – this is a whopping 48 weeks worth of nature study for you and your child! The book begins in September, but you can begin at any point in the year. You can use every week, or dip in and out as you please. This really is a curriculum that will work for you, not you for the curriculum!
Do I need to be in the countryside to use this curriculum?
Absolutely not! You and your child will choose your own ‘special nature spot’ to visit each week for your nature walks. This could be a local park, green-space, woodland, even your own garden. There are selected weeks in which you will need to be in a specific setting; for example the are four weeks of pond study, but all families should be able to find their own special nature spot and become an expert in their own little corner of the world.
Is this is a secular or religious programme?
The following weeks contain religious themes:
Christmas plants: Discusses ‘traditional’ Christmas plants (Poinsettia etc) Contains ‘The Holly & The Ivy’ – Traditional, as the week’s poem. One of the activities is to make Christmas tree decorations.
The Twelve Days of Christmas: The introduction explains that this is the Christian season that celebrates the birth of Jesus, and The poem for this week is: In the bleak midwinter by Christina Rossetti
Candlemas: The introduction explains that Candlemas marks the presentation of the Holy Child in the Temple, where Simeon held Jesus and called him a ‘Light to the World’, and that in pre-Christian times it was an important festival to celebrate the returning light.
July: Weather discusses the legend of St. Swinthun and one of the activities that week is to track the weather to see if the legend is correct.
Black Garden Ants: Contains Proverbs 6:6-8 as the week’s poem.
The Solstice and equinox weeks discuss the changes that are happening in the natural world.
The science within the book contains no controversial topics.
Some of the poetry contains religious themes.
Exploring Nature With Children is used by secular families, and families of different faith backgrounds. I understand that this is a very important matter to us parents, so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any further questions.
Is there a hard copy available?
At the current time, Exploring Nature With Children is available as a PDF download only.
May I use ENWC with my homeschool Co-op or school?
Schools and co-ops are welcome to use Exploring Nature With Children, however, you may not copy any portion of the ebook. Photocopying the pages so that the book can then be shared or resold is a violation of copyright.
It is a violation of copyright to share this ebook electronically.
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Is Exploring Nature With Children just for home educators?
Not at all, there are many families who use Exploring Nature With Children as a fun way to enjoy their weekends and other free time together.