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  • Item #: 028448
    ISBN: 9780794517380
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    The updated version of Usborne's popular Mysteries and Marvels of Nature has been reorganized, has traded in many of its detailed illustrations for eye-catching full-color photos, and now also features internet links where readers can see nature in action. While the original version organized its six chapters around different species, such as "Ocean Life," "Plant Life," and "Bird Life," the updated version focuses on particular life science topics, such as feeding, movement, communication, and relationships, and examines each topic through each group of organisms. For example, under "Feeding," readers flip through the section to see how (carnivorous) plants, fish, reptiles, birds, mammals and insects all find or capture the food they need to survive. While this approach makes it more difficult to see each aspect of a group of organisms side-by-side, it does make for interesting comparison with other groups of organisms. In general, I would say that there is a little less text in this version than in the older one, since more page space is occupied by the photographs. Some animal examples used are similar to the ones in the original book, but plenty of new material has been included as well. One other small difference here is the lack of the "True or False" quiz questions scattered throughout the original version. Instead, with this version (and internet access) readers can listen to humpback whales sing, find out what the world looks like to a bee, and go on a safari in the Kalahari Desert by visiting the suggested internet links. I'd venture to guess this one would hold the attention of young readers longer, with its abundance of huge, sharp, dramatic animal photos to enjoy! 128 pgs, hc. - Jess

  • Item #: 021342
    ISBN: 9780756631116
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    Well known for their detailed profiles and full color illustrations, DK solidifies their legacy with this splendid encyclopedia. Providing over 2000 full color photos and illustrations and understandable textual information, this book invites you to sit back and enjoy learning about the natural world around us. Divided into six sections: Natural World, How Living Things Work, Ecology, How Living Things are Classified, Plants, and Animals, each topical area is displayed in a two page layout. The Natural World begins with the prehistoric life cycle and an evolutionary timeline of 4.5 million years ago. How Living Things Work begins with cells as the basic building blocks of life and covers how living things work: cells, food/nutrition, photosynthesis, reproduction, growth and development, movement on land, movement of air, rhythms of life, senses, communication, migration, navigation, defenses, parasites and habitats. The Ecology section includes nutrient cycles, food chains, oceans, seashores, tide pools and coral reef, wetlands, rivers, lakes and ponds, forests (coniferous, deciduous and tropical rain), grasslands, deserts, mountains, caves and polar regions, people and plants, pests/weeds and conservation. How Living things are Classified introduces bacteria and viruses, single cell organisms and fungi. The Plants section covers algae, mosses, ferns, conifers, flowering plants, flowers/seeds, palms, trees, grasses, and carnivorous plants. The Animals section explores invertebrates, insects, vertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, rodents and many others. An extensive reference section at the end of the book provides detailed information on classifications as well as a glossary and index. Recommended resource for Elemental Science, this Nature Encyclopedia would be valuable resource on any bookshelf. 304 pgs. Softcover. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 045122
    ISBN: 9780762796281
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      Just because someone said it, doesn’t make it true. Truth About Nature is a “Family’s Guide to 144 common Myths about the Great Outdoors.” A ‘myth scale’ divides the myths in this book into 3 categories – level 3 are false, level 2 are mostly false, level 1 aren’t really true, but may have some truth in them. For easy reference, myths are divided by seasons, with each myth including a myth scale number next to it. The book explains each myth, the truth, the takeaway/lesson to be learned, and some additional facts. “Stranger than Fiction” sections are scattered throughout and feature interesting facts about nature; sixteen “Luck Legends” are identified (not endorsed); sixteen “Weather Legends” indicate weather predictions (again not endorsed); and sixteen activities let you become a science myth buster. A few example myths are “April showers bring May flowers” – is that true? Don’t swim for at least 30 minutes after you eat – or should you? Discover the truth with this wonderful family resource. 212 pgs, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 060452
    ISBN: 9781889538891
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    The art of nature study is immensely pleasurable and educational for our children. However, as parents who've not been taught this art, we often experience doubts of the educational value or even frustration at how to provide a worthwhile study. If this describes you, this book may quickly become your most valuable tool in the pursuit of nature studies. Well organized, the book begins with introducing a naturalist and the tools necessary to be a nature explorer, including details on a well-crafted nature journal. Adding to its value and ease of use, the book is divided into seasonal sections, which begin with a scavenger hunt focusing on the signs of each season. Within each seasonal study, explorations are offered in a variety of settings: woods, city, beach, pond, and meadow. The authors elaborate on the signs of the season in each of these areas and encourage exploration, but the authors provide background details to promote learning for families without access to each locale. Each section also offers information on careers in the field and a variety of activities, including DIY projects, journaling ideas and expanded science studies. Vividly illustrated with over 150 scientifically detailed illustrations of plants, animals and fungi. A wonderful resource for novice or intermediate nature loving family! 120 pgs, hc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 050295
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    A wide variety of science topics, from bees, birds, sea creatures, phases of the moon, the water cycle and much more are discussed through a series of nature parables authored by Mrs. Margaret Gatty.

  • Item #: 029725
    ISBN: 9780967245911
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    Now this is something I would have liked to have had on hand when I was younger! Though simply titled as a journal, this substantial (at 173 pages) and attractive journal is so much more. The book is designed to be both a guide and a record for the young nature lover and student while observing animals and plants in their natural habitats. The journal is divided into five "worlds," woodlands, meadows, ponds & streams, seashore, and twilight. These are nicely laid out in a table of contents at the beginning, complete with a list of the activities in that section and a shaded circle for them to check off once they have completed that page. Following several pages of safety tips, hints on sketching in the field, and a list of suggested items to make a "journal kit" to keep with them while out in the field, we jump into the woodland unit. Every two-page spread in a section consists of a different activity to complete while observing in that area, a page or two of informational reading to prepare the student better to find objects or understand them, and blank pages for them to draw and record their findings. For example, in Woodlands, there are "scavenger hunts" where you record your findings in the blanks rather than gathering things. There is space to write descriptions of different kinds of leaves, pages to draw leaves they find or make leaf rubbings, a page for them to write about their special place, hints on how to find decomposers, and pages to draw animal tracks they find. Each section ends with several blank pages for observation notes, sketches, or whatever else they'd like to record. All in all, it's a combination of nature guide, sketchbook, and journal all in one very attractive (and perfectly hand-sized) package. All this wrapped up in a durable hardcover but spiral bound book teeming with illustrations, tempting areas to write, and inviting spots to draw. With these kinds of "prompts" on every page, combined with natural curiosity, learning about nature should be practically effortless!

  • Item #: 015574
    ISBN: 9780811734806
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    Designed to engage the new nature study enthusiast, this book contains an abundance of easy to implement hands-on activities, divided into chapter categories for quick reference and guidance in your personal nature journey. The author begins by encouraging you to select a chapter category that best fits your unique needs and the tools for a basic nature study kit which can be created inexpensively. Each chapter introduces you to a certain area in which to explore the familiar—and not so familiar—plants, animals and natural phenomena. Chapters include Around the House; Close to Home; In the Garden; At Sundown; In Winter; In the Weather; In Rocks and Water; and At the Seashore. Easy to implement activities (the authors recommend finding an owl pellet to dissect but I would suggest purchasing a sanitized owl pellet for example #033686 or #024986.) Perfect for a Charlotte Mason educator or a traditional educator who wants to introduce more theme-based, hands-on activities. Black and White Illustrations. SC. 251 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 060633
    ISBN: 9780925279460
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    Creation itself displays the glory of God! Originally written in 1836, this book is based on the premise that examples of various virtues are exemplified in the animal kingdom. For example, a woodpecker demonstrates honesty. Each of the 50 two-page character lessons describes the animal or individual and then draws the personal application. Most of the readings highlight virtues as evidenced in the behavior of animals; some, however, are human examples that showcase either vices or virtues. This reprint retains all of the original: traditional type-set style font, original language and writing structure, etc. Therefore, some archaic terms are also included such as Esquimaux (Eskimo/Inuit). Consequently, for younger children, this might best serve as a read aloud. A unique way to discuss character development. 96 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 009713
    ISBN: 9780756697938
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       What do you think of when you hear the words, “Super Nature?” Do you cautiously peer out the window in search of Godzilla or other larger than life creatures? Or maybe you are like me and find all of nature, super. This amazing resource from Smithsonian looks at the 100 most incredible creatures on the planet. Each 2-page spread identifies the unique trait that sets them apart from the rest, an ‘at a glance’ summary of facts, stats and facts, concise background info, vibrant photographs and colorful graphs.  For example, the longest living animal is the Aldabra Tortoise. Descriptive narrative gives students a base understanding of the tortoise with an emphasis on the Aldabra Tortoise. “At A Glance” showcases the size, habitat, location and diet. (Males can grow up to 4 feet long! Fun science project. Ask your child to lie down so you can measure him. Put a mark at 4 ft. and have him stand up. Is the Aldabra Tortoise taller or shorter?) Stats and Facts provide a simple line graph of average age and weight, including record weight (792 lbs!). and estimated life span (255 years). With this specific page, the tortoise shell is “cut away” to identify internal organs. The photograph also notes physical characteristics of the tortoise body.       

      Chapters include Amazing Anatomy, Animal Athletes, Life Stories and Supernatural Senses. Within each chapter examples are given in 3 categories: mammals, birds, invertebrates, with additional content on fish and invertebrates in the first 3 chapters. Introductory content contains a cursory overview of evolution and overview on animal bodies and shapes/sizes and habitats and animal lifestyles.

    This book presents fascinating information in an engaging and visually appealing manner which will appeal to reluctant readers, or those who think Science is ‘boring.’ I strongly suspect this would have been the most sought after book on our homeschool bookshelf—especially during those long winter months when we needed boredom busters! Glossary and Index. 256 pgs. HC. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 041001
    ISBN: 9781615385331
    Retail: $8.95
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    Take a walk, find something interesting (a fallen log, a patch of moss, a beetle) and encourage your child/student to take the time to observe, draw and write about what he sees. Each page has 5 large (dotted half-line) writing lines and a space to draw a picture (about 7 x 4) at the top. Younger students can tell you what they see while you write for them and they draw a picture. Older students can write a few sentences on their own. While you are creating a keepsake, children are learning to be curious about nature and practice their handwriting skills. A few pages at the beginning of the workbook explain some classifications children can include and there are some prompts if you need a little guidance on your nature walk. You dont have to find a lush forest; a yard or park will do the trick! Take a magnifying glass and some colored pencils with you. Each page has a verse from a poem or Scripture at the bottom. Memoria Press, 36pp (26 journaling pages), 8.5 x 11 pb ~ Sara

  • Item #: 009836
    ISBN: 9781780677354
    Retail: $17.95
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    Nature journaling comes naturally for some children, but others need a little more guidance to release their inner naturalist. Combining guided activities and free journaling or sketching pages, children will learn about various aspects of our physical world and gain confidence in recording their own observations. Planet Earth, moon and stars, tree identification, flowers, insects, frogs and toads, moths and butterflies, seashells, birds, and more are introduced. While most activities center on drawing and reflecting, a few hands-on activities are included as well: for example, making leaf prints and growing sprout head.

    This nature journal's 8"x 11 ½" size makes it perfect for children to document their nature journey without the limitations smaller journals present. Bright colors, black-line illustrations and well-constructed pages and binding will allow storage of your children's outdoor reflections and memories for years. Sturdy, flexible cardboard cover. 224 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 010791
    ISBN: 9781580174930
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    Learn to slow down and enjoy life as you observe and reflect upon the world around you. In Part One of this book, you will learn what it means to keep a nature journal, how to start exploring, and how to express your thoughts using the written word and drawings. If you're not a great artist, don't panic! This book will help you lay aside your fears as it encourages you to improve your skills through practice.

    Part Two of this manual focuses on the ongoing journal, providing ideas to keep your journal active throughout the changing seasons. Centering a portion of your seasonal observations on a stationary object or place such as the tree across the street, an easily observed park or street corner, or even the moon will lend a sense of continuity to your entries.

    The final section is entitled "Learning and Teaching Nature Journaling." This segment consists of a number of exercises to help the reader gain confidence with basic drawing skills including contour, capturing basic shapes, foreshortening, perspective, and shading. The author has also provided helpful tips to simplify drawing flowers, landscapes, weather, reptiles and amphibians, birds, and other objects which may prove difficult to capture on paper.

    The last few chapters of this section are devoted to the idea of teaching the art of nature journaling to people of all ages, and adapting nature journaling to a group activity. This portion stresses the role of the teacher in creating learning situations that stimulate learners to begin writing or drawing in a journal.

    The book has just a bit of evolutionary content in it, but nothing that can't be avoided. A helpful appendix at the back of the book gives suggested reading, additional resources, and a suggested scale for teachers to assess nature journaling skills. Complete index. - Rachel

  • Item #: 037683
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  • Item #: 025888
    ISBN: 9781603425315
    Retail: $16.95
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    More structured than a nature journal, this "outdoor workbook" is a great tool for families and students who prefer some guided instruction and inspiration as they observe, record, and learn from nature throughout the year. It features a varied, interactive format that kids won't soon get bored with, great forms for observation you can print from the publisher's website, and lots of terrific activity suggestions. The book is divided into three parts: "How to Be a Naturalist," "Learning the Sky," and "Exploring Nature." The first part introduces students to the skills and tools of the naturalist, provides suggestions and forms for setting up a nature journal, offers ideas for observation and appreciation (listing species that live in your neighborhood, making a "nature arrangement" or using observations to write a nature poem), and even includes quick drawing lessons that all culminate in an "field expedition." Because weather plays such a large role in nature, it gets its own chapter, and students are encouraged to draw the sky over different days and times, "read" clouds, draw a weather map, learn why we have seasons, play with shadows, keep a moon journal, discover nocturnal animals, learn three constellations and write a sky poem. The majority of "Exploring Nature" is organized by month (January-December) and provides specific activities and mini-lessons on seasonal nature topics. In March students will learn about the spring equinox, check for life in small pools of water and streams, turn over logs and rocks, draw birds, observe and draw budding twigs, and much more. In August, the focus is on water (the book assumes a family vacation here!) and students learn about the water cycle, find out more about a local stream or river, experiment with water, learn about water creatures, find sources of water in nature, keep a nature journal on vacation, and sleep under the stars. Several forms are provided for all months, including "Nature Notes" and "Nature Quest" forms, and a blank page for a "Picture of the Month." You can print more of these online for ongoing observation projects. Quite a few helpful resources for parents can be found in the appendix, such as safety information, suggestions on how to use nature journals in teaching and how to use the book to meet state curriculum standards, a bibliography (including suggested field guides and books for kids), recommended websites and a list of nature organizations. If you're new to nature studies and looking for some time-saving forms and activity suggestions, this is a resource to consider – and its reasonable enough you may want to get each child their own copy. – Jess

  • Item #: 035676
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  • Item #: 039807
    ISBN: 9781599150055
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    Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord (Psalm 150:6), together with the nature that He hath created! This charming reprint contains a collection of four books originally written between 1855-1870. Containing twenty-nine stories that range from 8-25 pages, each focuses on teaching children the moral lessons of God through the eyes of nature. Retaining the original language, these tales may be best read aloud, as some of the vocabulary may challenge the elementary or young middle school student; yet it is the historic nature of these stories that adds beauty to the literature selections! Topically, children will observe authority and obedience through the worker bees; the circle of blessing found through the water cycle, the grace of God in our harvests; and many other spiritual anecdotes designed to lead children to a foundation of faith and good moral character. This book contains the original stories reprinted without added content, if you would prefer an edition of this text with expanded science lessons, please see Parables from Nature from Queen Homeschool (#50295). Unabridged, from Yesterday's Classics. Black and white illustrations. 442 pgs, sc. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 005097
    ISBN: 9781595450142
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  • Item #: 023898
    ISBN: 9780375854866
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  • Item #: 064581
    ISBN: 9781680221114
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  • Item #: 001270
    ISBN: 9781885061546
    Retail: $8.95
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    Here's a place for kids to record all of their nature "finds," from observations to musings to artwork (photos or drawings). We like this journal because it's fairly free-form, not requiring a child to fill in a multitude of information, but allowing him to take the lead in what he wants to record. Our only qualm - it's not larger!

    But at least it won't be too bulky to tote! Book is half-sized (like folded standard pages), and contains log pages, photo/artwork pages, a quick log (to keep a running record of entries), log tips, and ideas for related nature activities. Sidebars contain interesting activities that may stimulate observation of particular plants or animals - just in case your woodsman needs a little prompting. pb, spiral-bound.

  • Item #: 050293
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    Students learn about forest plants and animals, dinosaurs, Noah's ark, Creation days and more through 3 stories by Mary E. Woodis: "Oakie of the Oak Tree," "Daniil the Triceratops" and "Beneniah the Bear."

  • Item #: 012833
    ISBN: 9781891975004
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    A handy reference and complete spelling program all in one! Aptly titled, the Natural Speller groups words "naturally," both by sight and sound patterns. Contains grade-level word lists; phonics rules; spelling rules; punctuation rules; skill-building activities in spelling, writing, grammar, dictionary use, vocabulary; homonyms; Greek and Latin roots. Help your child become a "natural" speller!

  • Item #: 008487
    ISBN: 9781908489098
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    Take flashcard learning to the next level with this beautifully illustrated nature activity card set. Containing numbers 1-20, each glossy card measures approximately 5” x 7.5”. The front of the card contains the number word (ex. twenty) and a numerically represented, nature illustration. The back of the card contains the number word and the number. Open up the activity card for an additional activity (activities) reinforcing foundational preschool skills like matching, counting, shapes, pattern identification, etc. The number 20 opens up as an illustrated timeline with a counting exercise to review each number learned. Worth mentioning: cards contain occasional British spellings or references. An exciting preschool learning tool for Charlotte Mason Nature Study families but any family will appreciate the eye-catching graphics and varied activities for young children. See also the ABC Nature Activity Cards (#008491) from the same publisher. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 027237
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    This unique bug viewer holds six removable chambers for collecting bug and nature specimens. Snap them into the round, portable base and then use the attached, rotating magnifying scope to view your finds more closely.
  • Item #: 002539
    ISBN: 9781930092518
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  • Item #: 067606
    ISBN: 9781908489296
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     Nature studies are a valuable part of science studies, but often younger ones are not ready for the detailed illustrating and research that are a vital part of a nature education. Draw your littles into the love of nature with this delightful activity book. Divided into seasons, activities range from simple drawings, matching, coloring, and spot the differences to scavenger hunts and more. Activities vary in complexity and some youngers may need a little direction as they create a personal nature journal. Includes a nature code introducing safety of self and surroundings. Colorfully illustrated. Answers included in back. 60 pgs, pb. 

  • Item #: 002541
    ISBN: 9781930092532
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  • Item #: 002540
    ISBN: 9781930092525
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  • Item #: 000297
    ISBN: 9781930092549
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