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  • Item #: 018745
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    Use indoors or out - has large, visible numbers in Celsius and Fahrenheit. Includes mounting screws and is made of durable, waterproof plastic. 3" x 14½".

  • Item #: 023399
    ISBN: 9780525421634
    Retail: $9.99
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    When I first read My Side of the Mountain as a young girl, I was fascinated with the possibility that someone – especially a young person – could live off the land, foraging for wild food. This basic survival guide, authored by Jean Craighead George and her son, Twig, provides the curious reader with more information on outdoor survival, framed by excerpts from the novel. This is not only a great tie-in to the book, but also serves as an excellent first survival guide, or even a jumping-off point for an outdoor survival unit study. Short chapters cover: camping, types of shelters, building a fire, finding water, possible protein sources (fishing, fresh roadkill, even bugs), outdoor cooking, edible plants, poisonous plants, tying knots, tracking animals, bird songs, falconry, hiking and trailblazing, navigating, outdoor safety and recipes to try. The brief and easy-to-read text is accompanied by green, sketch-like illustrations and occasional diagrams. While you'll find more limited content here than in other survival guides in this section, this one is well-written and very accessible for younger readers and is likely to pique their interest in learning even more, or trying some of the activities and recipes. 138 pages, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 053184
    ISBN: 9781554538027
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    Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to play we go! Divided by seasons, this book is loaded with fun activities to pique your kids' interest in nature and the world out side their back door. Step-by-step project instructions are interspersed with facts about creatures and natural phenomena. Spring ideas include making bird houses from plastic bottles, collecting swamp water to observe, and juggling bubbles and lots of games to play with friends. Summer ideas include composting with worms you find, beach games, making a treasure hunt, summer constellations to find in the night sky. Fall activities include watching animals prepare for winter, Frisbee golf, making rock art, and hide and seek games. Winter has a lot of indoor games like pick up sticks, cards, coin tricks and other stuff like feeding birds with suet you make and playing hopscotch in the snow. The next time your kids say there's nothing to do outside, pull out this book and see what they come up with. 174 pgs, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 036835
    ISBN: 9780062431448
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  • Item #: 067907
    ISBN: 9780794539689
    Retail: $9.99
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     Take the classroom outdoors! Well-illustrated, clear instructions for activities, and helpful background information make this an excellent science supplement or a wonderful resource for a Charlotte Mason homeschooler. Beginning with an introduction on how to use the book, tools for outdoor learning, safety tips and how to protect nature, the rest of the book then divides into 6 sections. These sections include Exploring ponds, Rivers and Seas; Discovering Wildlife; Into the Wild; Out in all Weather and Night Explorer. A sampling of activities includes bouncing stones, damming a stream, forming a footprint trap, being a tree detective, creating wildlife art from items found in the woods, pitching a tent and making a campfire, cloud spotting and forecasting, stargazing and much more. Includes a dedicated website for interactive activities and worksheets. Index and helpful glossary. 64 pgs. HC. ~ Deanne 

  • Item #: 020085
    ISBN: 9780762452187
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  • 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 #: 066978
    ISBN: 9781631591150
    Retail: $24.99
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    Who needs a science lab when you have the great outdoors! This book is packed with 52 activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family, without fancy equipment or special supplies. Divided into 12 units, the activities cover Captivating Creatures, Driveway Physics, Invertebrate Inspection, Picnic Table Chemistry, Bountiful Botany, Atmospheric and Solar Science, Garden Hose Science, Playground Physics, Glorious Gardening, Excellent Ecology, Earth Science, and Frozen Fun. Learn how to set up a science journal. Then you're ready to encounter the world of outdoor science. Each lab includes a materials list (common items), safety tips & hints, instructions, science behind the activity, and an enrichment activity. Each lab is complete with photos from the process and the result. Make giant bubbles, make flower petal pictures, sprout a sapling, make tonic water glow, and more. Have some science fun and create family memories. 139 pgs, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 065226
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      There are so many projects you can make for a porch or front door with this sturdier version of your favorite Mod Podge! Let the kids come up with seasonal decorating ideas or try out something you found online. Make a “Welcome” sign and attach it to an old chair you repurpose and decorate with whimsical paints and papers. If you are decorating a clay pot to match your patio furniture, seal the inside first to keep water from soaking through and ruining your artwork. To use this product, brush a layer onto your surface, apply decorative papers or fabric, and then apply several thin coats, letting it dry about 20 minutes between coats. On the Mod Podge website, they recommend you let your items cure (harden) indoors 3-7 days before setting it outside. ~Sara

     

  • Item #: 057212
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  • Item #: 030802
    ISBN: 9781620917886
    Retail: $9.95
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  • Item #: 008273
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    Includes doll, Charlie the dog, dog bowl, purse, reading glasses, scooter, and seesaw.

  • Item #: 008199
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  • Item #: 007996
    ISBN: 9781556522383
    Retail: $14.95
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    Your little gardeners are wearing their straw hats and gloves, holding their rakes and shovels, and clamoring for help with their gardens. Here you go! Every aspect of fun gardening is compiled in this book. "Getting Started" information helps them prepare, plant, and protect an indoor or outdoor garden. It leads them into making a mini-greenhouse, and preparing a compost pile to create healthy fertilizer for their plants. The "Grow Some Fun" section includes nifty garden ideas. Grow a garden in the shape of a name, grow a bean tent, make a catnip toy, and grow peanuts in a pot. In "Pesky Pests," kids learn to make homemade sprays and traps to keep pests at bay. Several pages are devoted to introducing children to garden friends (animals, birds and insects), and helping to attract them. Build ponds and bird houses, or grow certain plants that they like. This book also contains tasty ideas, like flower petal candy, carrot cake, and vegetable soup. Herbs can be grown for teas, seasoning, and flavoring. Besides edible uses, your garden can provide material for other activities. How about growing an Easter basket? Making dolls? Or sprouting a silly pet? A page of addresses for big seed and plant companies is provided so you can start planning right away. - Melissa

  • Item #: 007806
    ISBN: 9781608933709
    Retail: $16.95
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    Are muddy boots a staple of your spring and summer months? Take your love of outdoors (and mud!) to the next level with this multifaceted outdoor project book. Five chapters provide 50 projects. Chapter 1 focuses on mud’s creative power: from pies to art. There’s also a recipe for indoor mud! Chapter 2 details fort building activities from stick forts to teepees. Next up, a chapter of stick and stone activities, including tiny twig rafts, painting rocks, etc. Water is our next focus: some puddle science and building a birch bark canoe. The final chapter offers more nature focused explorations and hands-on activities. Nature scavenger hunts, pressing flowers, bird watching, cloud watching and animal tracks are presented. Beautifully illustrated, engaging narratives and instructions come together to provide a resource that expands on a child’s affection for the great outdoors. Most activities will take 30-60 minutes; a few may take 2+ hours (like the mini canoe). 135 pgs, hc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 004066
    ISBN: 9780943173474
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    Willie Whitefeather, Honorary Chief of the Black Creek Cherokee of Florida, river-rafter, and backwoods guide, has lived in the wilderness for many years. Disturbed by the lack of survival guides for children (who are the most helpless when they get lost or hurt in the woods), he wrote this for his grandchildren (and children everywhere) to help keep them safe. It's filled with common sense advice for children (and adults) to help prevent them from ever getting lost, or to help them survive if they do. A lot of the information in the book is helpful even in a camping situation, as the unexpected can happen. Bad weather, animal attacks, or loss of food or equipment can turn a pleasant camping trip into an emergency. Would you know how to determine which plants to eat or how to protect yourself from the elements until help arrived? Consider how much more vulnerable your children would be in this situation. Could they make a campfire without matches? This book not only helps insure that they're prepared for the unexpected, but it's interesting, too. It covers basic survival in the woods, desert, and mountains. Some of the methods are presented as Old Cherokee ways, since the author learned them from the Indians of his tribe. The only possibly offensive part of this book for Christian readers is a picture showing an Indian head in the sky (like a portrayal of "The Great Spirit") watching over the lost campers. Read this with your children before that next camp-out or vacation in the wilderness.

  • Item #: 000853
    Retail: $40.00
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    Made especially for your little nature lover, this kit has all the items you need for exploration and observation. This kit includes binoculars, a flashlight, compass, signal whistle with thermometer, and a soft carrying pouch. The binocular is the very popular Robin Binocular (#002772) that is 5x30mm and compact with fully coated lenses for clear, bright images. A center focus knob allows you to adjust for better viewing. I know this is supposed to be a toy, but these binoculars are designed for longevity, and a cleaning cloth is included so you don't scratch the lenses. The flashlight is made of durable hard plastic, uses 2 AA batteries (not included), an incandescent bulb, and loop on the end for securing your flashlight. The whistle is made of heavy black plastic and has a Celsius thermometer on one side and Fahrenheit on the other. The whistle hangs from a black cord that will slide over your head and is a great safety tool when outdoors--use it as a distress signal or if you become separated from your group. The compass found in this set is a "Locator Engineer's Compass." It provides precise compass readings and includes a lensatic magnifier and sighting hairline for sighting accuracy, a rotatable bezel, adjustable marching line for maintaining direction in low visibility, thumb hold, and a closing cover. This compass would be a nice introduction to compass reading and locating objects on a map – it's a toy, but very well made and accurate. The nylon pouch that is included in this set slips onto your own belt, has two outside loop holders that will fit the flashlight, a small outside pocket, and a main compartment that is large enough to hold the binoculars and compass. An instruction pamphlet is included with full explanations of each item in the set, along with instructions on how to use the compass for position finding. Spend time in the great outdoors and begin the adventure of exploration! ~ Donna

  • Item #: 043520
    Retail: $11.70
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      Geared towards students, the XL line of paper from Canson features a better quality product at a more affordable price range. Even amateur and professional watercolor artists can appreciate the heavy 140 lb (300 gsm) weight of this rough-tooth textured cold press paper. The acid-free paper works great for watercolors and other mixed media applications. Each pad contains 30 sheets and is bound with a Euro Fold cover that easily folds all the way over flat, making it great for outdoor studies, laying on easels and studio work. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 038146
    ISBN: 9781587923203
    Retail: $2.99
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    Introduce young students to basic geography terms with this colorful poster. Basically, it's a colorful outdoor scene with a wide variety of landscapes represented. On the colorful poster, 46 basic geographic items are labeled (like glacier, forest, hill, peninsula, gulf, desert, bay, atoll, and cliff). It's a great way for students to visualize different geographic features. The back of the poster includes a few geography activities for students to complete. Poster measures 17" x 22". ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 044808
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    Looking for a simple thermometer for indoor or outdoor use? This one is encased in a durable white plastic holder that measures 2" x 6" and shows the temperature from -25 degrees F (-30 C) to 120 degrees F (50 C). There's a small hole in the top for easy hanging. Please note that thermometer cannot be immersed and maximum temperature is 60 C. ~ Rachel

  • 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 #: 054332
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  • Item #: 054307
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    144 single action shots in 12 rings.

  • 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 #: 025166
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  • Item #: 068025
    ISBN: 9780990777007
    Retail: $159.95
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       This is a guide to developmentally appropriate activities in many learning areas – home life/social emotional, math/manipulatives, art/music, science/sensory, language/literacy, outdoor/gross motor, and field trip suggestions. Very little prep is needed to do the activities, just gather the supplies and books listed for a complete introduction with young children or accompaniment to your math and phonics/reading for kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade. Each month (September through May) incorporates a theme and a character trait into the activities, and is 3-hole punched so you can place the pages in a binder for easy access and storage. Printables are included and step-by-step instructions will make it easy for any parent to work through the activities. You should plan on 2 to 4 activities per day, but plan for what fits into your schedule – “flexibility” is the name of this game. 296 pgs, pb.

     

      Within the packet of pages, you will receive a monthly overview printed on card stock that can be hung up so mom can see what they will be covering during the month – a good visual and planning tool. Sections on the monthly overview list the activities to be done in each area of learning. An Introduction to the program explains the philosophy and a list of what will be covered by theme and character trait. The rest of the pages have beautiful photographs, and step-by-step instructions for implementation.

      Let me give you a sampling of one month of the program. The theme for September is “The World I Live In,” and the character trait is “wonder.” Mom’s Toolbox is the first part of every month and this is where some special resources or items will be listed. In September the “Private Eye” loupe and the book Global Art by Mary Ann Kohl are mentioned. Anything found in the “Mom’s Toolbox” section would be good to get your hands on for incorporation later in the lesson. Home Life and Social/Emotional is the first activity section for September and includes the activities of using balloons and a laundry basket to ‘take a hot air balloon ride,’ make a hot air balloon snack, practice your manners by saying please/thank you, clearing dishes after a meal, and planning an emergency exit plan for your home. You can tell already that not all activities will work for all ages, but that’s the beauty – you can adapt as you need to, pick-and-choose as you see fit. The book list for September includes Hot Air, A House is a House for Me, Can You Hear It, Frog and Toad, and He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands. Language and Literacy for September includes tactile letter practice, children developing their own story, and making a book. Math and Manipulatives include activities such as counting and swinging, making a spindle box (counting box), making shapes, a nature math book, and playing a water bottle marble game. Science and Sensory will have your little ones exploring outdoors with simple tools like magnifiers, binoculars, nature guides, etc., making a nature journal and a pendulum, cooking up a batch of herbal tea play dough and creating nature scenes, making an artistic pond, and make a nesting set using cans. Art and Music includes using chicken wire to use as a weaving loom with fabric scraps, making a painting on a long piece of butcher paper, sculpting clay tree faces, using coffee filters to create artistic reproductions, making salt and mirror art, and learning the song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” Gross Motor and Outside has activities to develop ball skills and play games like Squish the bug, Hit the Hula Hoop, Wonder-Ball and running an obstacle course. Field Trip suggestions are touring the local news station or grocery store. At the end of each month is a supply list so you can see everything at a glance for easier preparation; most items will be things from around your home. A page for monthly memories and two planning pages are included at the end of the month, as well.

      Throughout each month, on every page, are photographs of the activities and children performing the tasks mentioned on the pages. Each month follows a similar format, so it’s pretty easy to get into a routine that fits your lifestyle. The Printables are on card stock and include photos, game instructions and game pieces, and other items that are mentioned during the monthly activities.

      Intended to give some guidance but not dictate the schedule, Year of Playing Skillfully can become a partner for you and your family as you begin the educational journey with your young learners. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 023860
    Retail: $5.99
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    The classic toy in its original form! It's surprising how much fun and entertainment this coil of thin metal can provide. Unlike many newer types of slinkies that are made from plastic, this is made from the traditional, silver metal. Walk the slinky down stairs or slopes or just move it rhythmically back and forth in your hands! A favorite toy for kids of all ages!

  • Item #: 005415
    ISBN: 9780486410593
    Retail: $6.95
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    This journal is an excellent take-along for your next outdoor field trip. Filled with exciting facts, this workbook provides helpful descriptions to help you identify 48 common North American birds. Written by nature artist Sy Barlow, this book includes space on each page for a sticker illustration of the bird described, along with fascinating information on bird size, habitat, nesting and eating habits, and number and color of eggs. Additional space is provided for recording the date, time and location of the sighting and other notes. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 054325
    Retail: $18.00
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    37.5" long, one-piece wood stock, fires Pull Off Caps.

  • Item #: 038315
    Retail: $20.00
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    10” x 5” x 8”. Throws anything light, round, and under 1" in diameter over 15 feet! Includes miniature plastic balls.