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Handbook Of Nature Study

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  • Item #: 014298
    ISBN: 9780801493843
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  • Item #: 043293
    ISBN: 9781599150253
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    While other scientists were catching and killing insects and classifying them based on physical characteristics, the 19th-century scientist and teacher Jean Henri Fabre was a firm believer in observing insects and nature in their natural habitats, spending just as much time watching their behavior as studying their anatomy. In this delightful book, he shares his observations and knowledge with children through a series of stories in which Uncle Paul describes the wonders of nature for his nieces and nephews, Claire, Emile, and Jules. With frequent questions and interjections from the children, Uncle Paul discusses livestock, trees, metals, fibers, paper, spiders, insects, weather, clouds, steam engines, astronomy, plants, mushrooms, shells, ocean creatures, and much more. If you enjoy the Christian Liberty Nature Readers or the Handbook of Nature Study, I think you'll enjoy this one as well. Originally published in 1917 and translated from French by Florence Bicknell, this reprint from Yesterday's Classics is 438 pgs, pb. - Jess

  • Item #: 048859
    ISBN: 9780975494219
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    Fascinating facts about wildlife, coupled with drawing instruction for the beginning nature journalist, make this a perfect supplement to the Handbook of Nature Study or other nature instructional text. Each two- or four-page spread is devoted to a different animal and contains: a good amount of interesting information about the animal; one or more artist-rendered sketches; and step-by-step drawing instructions to sketch the animal yourself. The book was written and illustrated by a husband and wife team, Colleen and Michael Monroe. Colleen is the writer, and she has included interesting and sometimes surprising facts about each subject (did you know that newborn fawns are born with no scent to protect them from predators?). Michael is a nationally known, award-winning (and self-taught) wildlife artist who spends most of his year visiting schools around the country, encouraging children to never give up on their dreams. His love of nature and wildlife is reflected in the sketches which adorn each page. The drawing instruction is detailed, begins with simple shapes, includes written instruction for adding features through the illustrated progression of steps, and ends with a completed sketch that very closely resembles part of the artist's depiction. Two pages of drawing tips, including a mini-lesson on shading, precede the actual text. Subjects include: hummingbirds, birds, ducks, loons, turtles, herons, frogs, rabbits, white-tailed deer, white-tailed fawns, owls, bears, and wolves. The book ends with some simple things you can do to help wildlife like keeping dangerous litter contained, building birdhouses, and planting flowers. The book is about 36 pages in landscape format with a hard cover, making it a little more durable for outdoor use.

  • Item #: 068492
    ISBN: 9781544924151
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    Need more guidance to create a nature study notebook? Check out this new nature study journal from Funschooling Books. First, get a quick look at how to use the book along with a list of 10 things to think about when you go outside. Then you are whisked into activity pages. An assortment of independent activities is included: for example, drawing and coloring pages; brief research exercises; collecting items and creating nature crafts; spelling and vocabulary review, etc. To supplement these pages, I would recommend a Science Encyclopedia, the Handbook of Nature Study from Anna Comstock or accessing a library. The author does provide space to record additional reading/movie resources used with the journal. Created specifically for Dyslexic Children, and utilizing the Dyslexie Font created by Christian Boer. Children without dyslexia may also find them engaging. This is a fun supplement for your nature studies or to keep learning alive through the summer. Black & White graphics. SC.223 pgs. Non-reproducible. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 058443
    ISBN: 9780983180098
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    The study of science begins with an appreciation of the world about us - the living, breathing creation that is ours to enjoy. The beauty of our natural world surrounds us. It encompasses the rising sun in the early morn, overflows the river beds, and spans the wings of eagles. Teaching our children to appreciate the beauty and the science of their natural world is a goal worthy of the consideration of parents and teachers alike.

    This charming 1950s reprint has been designed to assist you in teaching the natural sciences. Offering 100 lessons that follow a traditional monthly school schedule, September through June, each lesson begins with an overview, explanatory information, and any necessary teacher preparations. The activities that follow provide the core of the lessons. Activities are divided into four areas: All Grades (1-8); Primary Grades (1-3); Intermediate Grades (3-5) and Junior Grades (5-8). Overlapping grade recommendations are numerous, making this a perfect resource for homeschool families and multi-level co-ops or classrooms. A listing of recommended books and web links is included to further expand lessons. A sampling of lessons included are: Animal life in the classroom, Birds going South, Autumn colors, planting bulbs, Insects-friends and foes in Autumn; How Plants/Animals prepare for Winter; Stars in December; Winter Habits of Some Wild Mammals; Who Has Seen the Wind?; Classroom Hatcheries; Nature Excursions in the Spring; and many more! Also included are monthly calendars which correspond to each unit and provide additional observations and activities.

    Let me share from Lesson 61 - Little Things We Seldom See-Germs: "What a thrill to the Dutch janitor Leeuwenhoek when, with lenses ground by himself, he saw 'wee beasties-a thousand times smaller than a louse's eye' in a drop of water! What he saw were the first bacteria seen by human eyes. These tiny, living things eat and grow, travel and multiply, and live lives as real as those of any other plants or animals. They live in almost every sort of place: in water, in soil, in air, on dust, in milk and other food, in and on our bodies; we cannot escape them…" Activity suggestions for all grade reinforces that germs hitchhike on drops of saliva, the breath, handkerchiefs, pencils etc. and asks students to make a mural entitled, "Little Hitchhikers." A Primary and Junior Grade activity is to illustrate a poem on germs. Junior and Intermediate Grade activities include: Observing raw milk and pasteurized milk for a few days to determine which milk sours first and reading a poem entitled, "Mushroom Song."

    All in all, this resource provides a wealth of instructional information to engage children in learning about the natural world around them. Lessons are easy to follow and provide ample activity suggestions, allowing you to do them all or to pick and choose activities to best meet your educational goals. As a family who incorporated nature studies throughout our home-learning, this would have quickly become a "go-to" resource, along with the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock, as the lessons are more specific to younger and middle school children along with more age-appropriate activities. Black and White Illustrations abound. Detailed Index. 445 pgs, pb. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 045027
    ISBN: 9780976291886
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    Barbara Shukin, creator of the History Portfolios, has assembled another delightful notebooking study, this time a nature study organized by the seasons of the year. Inside the sturdy binder you'll find student notebooking pages, notebooking materials and a parent guide. The pages are divided into three-month blocks: September, October and November; December, January and February; March, April and May; and June, July and August (yes, you can do nature study year-round!). Within each three-month block, there are five habitats, each with three subjects to study. The habitats include yards and gardens, woods and fields, ponds and streams, desert, and seashore. So, for example, in March, April and May you would study frogs, dragonflies and wild flowers in the "Ponds and Streams" habitat. There are 48 notebooking pages in all, with at least one facing two-page spread for each group of three subjects in a habitat. To use this as a year-long nature study you would need to complete 1-2 notebooking pages per week. Now before you jump in, there is just a bit of organization you will need to do. First you need to locate your resources for reading about the nature topics. A very helpful reading guide is included at the very end of the binder to aid you. This includes a detailed chart divided by season, habitat and subject, with recommended readings noted from Handbook of Nature Study, Take-Along Guides, Wonders of Nature Sketchbook, and other recommended picture books and readers. Although you can enjoy the course just as much by utilizing any other resources of your choosing, the author recommends these three resources in particular which you will be able to use throughout the study. You will also need to look at the parent guide pages and decide which activities you will want to complete from the list suggested, and if you need to make copies of any reproducible forms. Activity suggestions include ideas for observation of the subject, copywork from related writings on the topic, narrations based on the reading material you have chosen, classifying the topic by answering questions based on physical characteristics, and learning related vocabulary. When you have gathered your resources, it's time to have fun. You'll read about the topics, go outdoors and observe firsthand, then fill in the sturdy notebooking pages with the activities that you chose. The suggested activities, pictures and forms are recommendations, but you may also come up with your own ideas to fill in the blank areas on the notebooking pages. At the end of each season, you'll find a coloring page and a decorative page for copywork. Poems of the appropriate length are included in the parent's section if you choose to use them. I can't imagine a cozier, more open-ended way to study nature than spending a year with the Nature Portfolio. I love that the chosen nature topics are all common creatures that should be fairly easy to observe, and the study is very open-ended as far as how you fill the pages. The resources the author recommends will be a joy to read together as well. – Jess

  • Item #: 065720
    ISBN: 9780830817740
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    Do you ever have difficulty answering some of those tough questions asked of Christians? How can God allow evil? Are miracles possible? Is Christianity the only true religion? This book was written as a resource to help you with answers for others and yourself. Over 400 pages of topics and conclusion, objections to the conclusion, and rebuttals. After the introduction, the second part addresses questions about the existence of God, Part 3 is God & Nature, Part 4 is God and Grace, Part 5 is God and Glory, and Part 6 summarizes with conclusions. This might not be the type of book you want to sit down and read cover to cover, but more of a reference book that allows you to go to information on specific topics. The book is written by professors of philosophy and religion so, as you might guess, many of the answers are answered from a philosophical perspective (I felt like I was back in my college philosophy classes) and true logic is employed. Written in defense of the Christian faith, the information would be super helpful to anyone who has questions or needs to answer these questions. We are all called to bear witness; that means we need to know how to answer the tough questions asked of us and defend the faith. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 064228
    ISBN: 9781770857117
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       This book is written to those kids (particularly ages 4-11) who love to stay inside. Really! 101 widely creative and fairly low prep ideas guide kids to be more active and access the potential of the great outdoors. Practical, simple and fun ideas span seasons and locales. Take a matchbox challenge - what interesting things can you find in 15 minutes that will fill a matchbox? Play shark and have a blindfold shootout with your water guns. Trail ants or build a human sundial. Make a mini solar cooker, a hanging lettuce ball or a snow labyrinth with your boots. Activities vary from single person to group; contemplative to active; little/no supplies to medium amount (but practically all are found around the home) and little/no to medium construction time. Supply lists; large, colorful, demonstrative photos and drawings and the clear directions will help all ages get outdoors. Kids can self-direct for most projects--at least an older child who can read directions is necessary. In the back is a supply resource list, a traditional index and a well-organized list that helps you find specific activities based on theme, season, location, age, or project length. 8.25x8.25”, 224 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 032185
    ISBN: 9780486439914
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    The Boy Scouts Handbook has been read by generations of Boy Scouts (and their leaders). This 1911 edition is the one that started it all—and you will be surprised to see how little has changed about Scouting and its principles in the past 100 years. The traditional scouting themes of honoring God, being a good citizen, and learning important safety and survival skills are all covered in this book. What makes this vintage handbook particularly compelling, however, is that it's literally a slice of early twentieth century Americana! The guide contains over 200 period illustrations, diagrams, and black and white photographs, plus advertisements for Boy Scout products. Some of the topics covered include the Scout Oath, badges, knots, camping, canoeing, trailing, signaling, chivalry, first aid, games, and patriotism. While much of the content has stood the test of time (ie. knots, Morse Code), some of the medical information is outdated (but nevertheless interesting). An appendix contains illustrations and descriptions of Boy Scout uniforms and equipment. 400 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa