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  • 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 #: 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 #: 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 #: 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 #: 015574
    ISBN: 9780811734806
    Retail: $19.95
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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 #: 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 #: 020853
    ISBN: 9781612125091
    Retail: $14.95
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    Author of the beloved Keeping a Nature Journal, offers a dynamic resource for exploring the beauty and the science that is found all around us. Beginning with the foundation of pausing to observe the world, Ms. Leslie provides a beautiful mix of inspiration, information and "try this" activities. Topically, you will learn about the night sky, weather, plants and mushrooms, and various animals. Beautifully illustrated. You will want to keep this nearby for tips, guidance or simply to be inspired in your personal nature journey. Brief references to evolutionary dating. 144 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 041001
    ISBN: 9781615385331
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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 #: 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 #: 065173
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  • Item #: 064581
    ISBN: 9781680221114
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  • Item #: 050101
    ISBN: 9780971787452
    Retail: $26.95
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    If you can train yourself in the habit, keeping a nature journal offers not only the opportunity to continually hone artistic skills, but also provides ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, develop a deeper appreciation for nature, enhance penmanship and writing abilities and become a precious keepsake for years to come. This guide takes students lesson-by-lesson through developing their own nature journal and building the skills they'll need to capture examples of nature's beauty. Created by Barry Stebbing, author of the How Great Thou Art courses, these lessons are formatted similarly with short, easy-to-read lessons and a related assignment. There are 47 lessons total, the first segment focusing on assignments that can be done in the classroom, and later assignments which students will get to head outdoors to do. Lessons include designing the journal cover; learning how to appropriately frame the page; creating various tones in green and brown, and drawing specific objects or scenes such as onions, vines or tree trunks, landscapes, night scenes, farm animals, feathers, insects and much more. The lessons are illustrated with a variety of related drawings (both color and black-and-white) by Barry, some of which serve as examples to copy, and others to provide inspiration or examples for students' own drawing. The last piece of the book provides several blank journal pages with lines, a space for an inspiring quote and blank areas for drawing. You'll need a few specific supplies to complete the lessons, including a hardbound journal, a legal pad, a rubber band, colored pencils, a drawing pen, a writing pen, glue stick, tape, washable markers, a #6 watercolor brush (to use with the markers) and semi-gloss paper. Especially if you're not already emphasizing art in your curriculum, a course in nature journaling can provide your students a rewarding, creative tie-in to your science, English or even handwriting program – and get them outdoors to enjoy that sunshine! – Jess

  • Item #: 064820
    ISBN: 9781943122004
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       Have you ever wanted to sit and soak in the wisdom of an expert in treating learning difficulties? As a parent or educational specialist, you know the children in your care are bright and capable, yet learning is hard for them. If you ever wondered if you can do more to help your struggling learner, this DVD series may have the answers you are seek.

      Designed for Special Ed teachers, literacy teachers, home-educators, tutors and others with a special interest to help children, Dianne Craft’s 10+ hour seminar series explains the brain research behind many learning glitches (disabilities), gives you the tools to identify processing glitches, and plan a program to correct blocked learning gates. She also provides effective strategies and lesson plans through the 9 sessions in this video seminar. Sessions include:

      Session 1: Identifying Your Child’s Processing Problems provides the foundational understanding of the four learning gates and signs of blocked learning gates. Right and Left Brain learning traits are also clarified. A 3-prong approach is provided to correct blocked learning gates.

      Session 2: Dysgraphia: When Writing is Painful discusses the signs of writing stress and compares it to a child who may appear lazy or uncooperative. Visual-Spatial problems are also explained before she expands on activities to correct dysgraphia. Mrs. Craft stresses that progress may be seen in as little as 3 months; however, a minimum of 6 months is necessary for full benefit. Includes step by step, Daily Writing “Eight” Exercise instructions and the daily lesson plan for struggling writer and speller.

      Session 3: Right Brain Paragraph and Composition Writing addresses the “loose thought patterns” experienced by children and teens who suffer with dysgraphia, ADD or Auditory Processing problems. A simple formula of baby steps, right brain webbing and modeling are easy to implement at home and have proven successful with reluctant, struggling writers. Includes directions for beginning, intermediate and advanced skill levels, along with writing tools for parent/teacher guidance.

      Session 4: Right Brain Math is dedicated to all the children who forget math from day to day. Teaching a “Plan B” for struggling math students, Mrs. Craft provides helpful, detailed information on right brain strategies for effective learning of math concepts. These strategies will work with any math curriculum. Includes math tutoring instructions.

      Session 5: Training Your Child’s Photographic Memory (for Spelling) provides a right brain teaching strategies that work for struggling spellers-regardless of brain dominance. Considered a “Plan B” for spellers, this DVD teaches a photographic memory method which may be valuable throughout life. Includes information to access a 1200 Most Commonly Used Words list.

      Session 6: Dyslexia and Other Reading Problems explores why reading is hard for some kids. With a focus on children at least 2 years behind in reading, Mrs. Craft explains the levels of processing problems, and differentiates dyslexia from visual and auditory processing disorders, and general reading dysfunctions. She then elaborates on the keys to correcting reading problems: Correct and Bypass. Includes daily lesson plans and a quick word recognition spelling test. Also, recommended for correction of reading problems are the Brain Integration Therapy Manual and Right Brain Phonics materials and basal readers.

      Session 7: Kids and Teenagers with Focus/Attention Issues takes a fascinating look at how our diet and antibiotic use may appear as symptoms of sensory dysfunction and focus/attention issues. She also explores the big question- “Is it character or chemistry?” and provides simple checklists of behavioral and physical characteristics. Dietary changes and nutritional supplementation recommendations are recommended.

      Session 8: Auditory Process Problems reviews common myths before teaching the characteristics that impact reading, spelling and math. Covering common physical causes (allergies, nutritional deficiencies), Mrs. Craft shares ways to bypass and correct auditory channels issues at home.

      Session 9: Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Problems looks at the increasing prevalence of autism in the U.S., traditional treatment and causation theories. Mrs. Craft recommends a 3-pronged approach to unlock the abilities of Autistic children, with a focus on nutrition in this session. She provides the foundational knowledge you need to identify, treat and restore the underlying biochemical disorder that may cause or exacerbate autistic symptoms. 

      Overall, this series is tremendously beneficial for parents and educators alike. There are a couple of disappointments. First, the DVDs are recordings of workshop sessions presented to a large group. Therefore, some graphics are difficult to see or have been updated to fit the DVD presentation. On one occasion, Mrs. Craft and her assistant are showing how to do the Circle Eight Exercises correctly and are partially blocked by the podium. The accompanying Study Guide is jam-packed with helpful information; however, at times is difficult to follow along with the presentations. As my colleagues and I viewed the videos, we elected to take notes during the sessions and read the study guide after the session. While there is no Biblical teaching, Mrs. Craft makes comments about our children being “God-made”, the value of prayer in helping our struggling learners and “God as our Supreme Being.” DVDs range from 45-90 minutes. CEUs or course completion certifications are also available. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 052089
    ISBN: 9780756662929
    Retail: $14.99
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    Filled with large-scale full-color photos, interesting facts and hands-on activities, this book is a compilation of six previously-published Nature Activities books from DK. It contains most of the content from Birdwatcher, Bug Hunter, Star Gazer, Rock & Fossil Hunter, Nature Ranger and Weather Watcher. Each two-page spread introduces a different area of study or topic in each subject, providing some background information, photos with explanatory captions, and a related activity or a suggestion for further observation. For example, in the "Bug Hunter" chapter, pages 60-61 discuss moths and step-by-step instructions are provided for making a moth trap. In "Star Gazer," one spread invites readers to "star hop" across the northern sky and provides instructions on how to use the Big Dipper to find and identify Polaris, Cephus, Cassiopeia, Draco and the galaxy M81. With an extensive range of topics from weather to mammals, this is your one-stop shop for outdoor learning adventures! 256 pgs, sturdy paperback. – Jess

  • Item #: 012833
    ISBN: 9781891975004
    Retail: $30.00
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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 #: 069241
    Retail: $19.99
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      Designed to appeal to young girls, this cute set features a spiral-bound 60-page nature journal, a plastic magnifying glass, four little pads of sticky tabs, ten crayons, and stickers. The journal is guided, with spaces designated to paste leaf and flower specimens or to draw your own, along with prompts to describe where and when they found the specimens. If you’re already a seasoned nature-journaling family, this American Girl-branded set may be too cutesy, but for young girls who haven’t tried nature journaling before, this journal would offer an engaging introduction. – Jess

  • Item #: 027237
    Retail: $11.99
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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 #: 067606
    ISBN: 9781908489296
    Retail: $12.99
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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 #: 039421
    ISBN: 9780425111062
    Retail: $15.00
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    If you are serious about providing your children the tools to observe, enjoy, and survive in nature, this book will be an invaluable resource. Some of the same information is presented here as is found in Wilderness Survival above, but the emphasis here is more on learning those skills and passing them on to your children. The book is written to parents as teachers, not to children themselves, so you will need to read through it first (and maybe practice a little) before you can begin teaching. It is not a "pick-up-and-go" kind of resource rather it is an investment of time for you and your children. The book is presented in two parts; in Part One, the emphasis is on awareness, and in Part Two, the emphasis is on survival. According to the author, awareness is the root that all nature survival skills stem from; without it, we cannot fully observe, appreciate or understand nature. Working against awareness are the contrivances of modern life, including television, books, regimented school routines, and video games. Although this is a skill that is difficult to "teach" in the traditional way, the chapters in this section offer parents ideas and suggestions to help children learn this skill, and identify hindrances that can prevent our awareness. Chapters in this section cover the senses, "moving" in nature (or how to quietly walk to observe), tracking, observing animals and plants, and observing nature around the home. Several games to teach awareness are also included. The second part of the book follows the same order of importance as Wilderness Survival. After an introduction that offers advice on teaching children survival skills in a positive way, chapters cover "lostproofing" (or how not to get lost), basic camping skills, finding or building shelter, finding and purifying water, building and maintaining a fire, finding and preparing food, taking care of the earth, survival games, and safety and first aid. As in Wilderness Survival, outdoor living and survival skills are the author's way of life. If you've never even been camping, his whole philosophy can be overwhelming; however, there is tons of practical information here, and it's presented in an equally practical but fascinating way. 228 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 064574
    ISBN: 9781680221084
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  • Item #: 069558
    ISBN: 9781908489265
    Retail: $24.99
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    Take your nature studies to the next level with this gorgeously illustrated scrapbook. Young people of all ages will eagerly create a personal keepsake in these scrapbook pages: partially blank pages (for collected items, illustrations and observations) and part instruction manual with field guide notes.

    Beginning with brief tips and the nature explorer code, the book is divided into 4 sections: earth, air, water and useful things. Each section provides a beautiful mix of information and lightly illustrated scrapbooking pages with space to secure or draw personal observations. The Earth section centers on seeds, grasses, flowers, skulls, rocks, minerals and fossils, tree leaves, mammal tracks, etc. Air focuses on clouds, feathers, owl pellets, butterflies and insects, spores, etc. Water emphasizes seashells, tadpoles and pond life, and rain/watery weather. The last section highlights favored monthly finds and field notes.

    Charlotte Mason and nature loving families will find this a wonderful portfolio of Science studies and a beautiful family keepsake. Destined to become a family favorite! Measures 10" x 12". Includes elastic closure. 81 pgs, hc ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 050049
    Retail: $16.00
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    Use the beauty of nature to create beautiful and personal cards, gift tags and bookmarks for your family and friends! This kit includes everything you need to get started: a small (4" x 4") wooden flower press with cardboard and blotting paper, mini cards and envelopes, colored gift tags and book marks, ribbon, a paint palette with paints and a brush, craft tweezers, craft glue and a mini marker. The flower press features hook & loop fasteners instead of screws, so it is easy for even your young crafter to use. All you need to provide are the flowers, plants, or leaves – and your imagination! ~ Megan



  • Item #: 045027
    ISBN: 9780976291886
    Retail: $32.95
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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 #: 018672
    ISBN: 9781580172967
    Retail: $19.95
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    This journal is the companion to the above book, Keeping a Nature Journal. It is a hardcover, attractive journal, measuring approximately 7.5" x 10". After a few introductory pages to help you get started, the pages are blanks save for quotes, short ideas, and faint lines for recording notes, dates, and other information alongside your nature drawings. The recommended grade levels could be lowered if you have a younger student who is dedicated enough about the subject to use the journal consistently. - Melissa

  • Item #: 008491
    ISBN: 9781908489036
    Retail: $13.99
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    Beautifully illustrated, these charming “fold over” alphabet cards are inspired by nature to provide young children an introduction to the beauty of the world around them while teaching the alphabet. Each glossy card measures approximately 5” x 7.5” and contains a lower case letter with a representative image on the front. The back of the card contains the upper case letter in a lightly shaded box with an illustrated background. Open up the activity card to see some “snuggle time” activities to do with your child. Let me a share an example of the “O” card. The front of the cards says, “o is for old oak” with an image of an oak tree in the center. The back of the card is an upper case “O” in a shaded box with oak leaves illustrated around the edge of the box. Inside the card is the “Oak Tree’s Story” with illustrations. “An acorn fell from an oak tree. Bump! (Acorn image). Then the rain fell and the sun shone and the acorn began to sprout leaves (image). Slowly it turned into an oak tree and lots of animals made their homes there (squirrel image). The animals then invited their friends. Soon there was quite a PARTY. On the following page is an image of the oak tree that says, “Oak Tree Party” with photographs of common insects/animals/fungus that reside in/on an oak tree. Worth mentioning: there are occasional British references/spellings-for example, “C” is for Conker (commonly called buckeyes in the US and one reference some families may not wish to introduce to young children- “P” is for poo with scat (feces) illustrations. Varied activities and vibrant graphics will make this a wonderful resource for the nature loving family. See also the 123 Nature Activity Cards from the same publisher (#008487). ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 031159
    ISBN: 9781599150635
    Retail: $0.00
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     “Do you know Mother Nature? She it is to whom God has given the care of the earth, and all that grows in or upon it, just as he has given to your mother the care of her family of boys and girls.” So, begins this charming 1888 reprint from Yesterday’s Classics. Amber, the dragon fly, water lilies, coral, starfish, and much more are covered in these delightful stories that make a perfect family read aloud. You may be amazed at the amount of science your children learn when taught concepts through a story. Black and white illustrations. 90 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 068492
    ISBN: 9781544924151
    Retail: $27.50
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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 #: 028584
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