Nature Study and Science Resources
Dianna Aston Teacher's Guide -PDF; This guide covers all of the books in her A(n) _ is _ series, such as An Egg is Quiet or A Nest is Noisy.
The Birds of America Audubon- Google Book
Audubon's Birds of America- Coloring Book Dover- for purchase
Planets -Color and Label
Food Chain -from Understanding the Sea -this book is part of Marine Biology: Companion Album
Carl Linnaeus-Free poster of Carl Linnaeus
Diatoms-Coloring Page and Craft from Ellen McHenry's site-PDF
Diatoms Coloring Sheet-Coloring Page-PDF
Photosynthesis-Free poster of Photosynthesis from Kids Discover w/account
Scholastic StudyJams!-Short videos with topics pertaining to our study of Marine Biology: Photosynthesis; The Kingdoms of Life and Plant Adaptations
Ebb and Flow-Optional: Art activity from Crayola
Monterey Bay Aquarium-Excellent animal cards, coloring pages, etc.
National Geographic-Short videos on Ecological Relationships
Marine Life Guide- PDF -used as a reference
Germination Stencils PDF Ellen J McHenry website
The First Book of Botany by Eliza A. Youmans
Classifying Life NOVA Interactive
Why do honeybees love the hexagon shape? -TedEd-short video clip. Be sure to watch this only after completing the hexagon activity-otherwise it will give away answers meant to be self-discovered.
Interactive Educational Sites: Insects and Bugs Theme
Printable Pattern Blocks Used with Snowflake Geometry
Eyes and No Eyes by Arabella Buckley contains 6 books including:
Wild Life in Woods and Fields, By Pond and River, Plant Life in Field and Garden, Birds in the Air, Trees and Shrubs and Insect Life
The value of the habit of accurate observation is not to be told, nor the unceasing occupation and interest it has given to children. In this way, a child obtains the power of using his own mind, and he learns the value of correct language and description.
-Mrs. Brightwen, Nature Study
Nature Study in this curriculum will include a study of natural history, the act of nature walks and observations, the keeping of a nature notebook and will often overlap with studies in science. Considered one of the quintessential tenets of a Charlotte Mason education, Nature Study capitalizes on many classical education goals as well.
Purposes of Nature Study
reverence for life
connection with nature
builds the skill of attention
attends to the skill of patience
continues work in classification and discrimination
builds a sense of beauty and truth
The role of the teacher or parent should be one of a positive and genuinely enthusiastic model and guide to the student's own natural discoveries and thoughts, with a focus on providing needed background material before encountering new concepts or studies, an eye on the upkeep and structure of the Nature Notebook and one who keeps the study of nature and natural history a regular occurrence.