Living Books, Nature Studies

The Mary Frances Garden Book, PART THREE

The Mary Frances Garden Book, or Adventures Among the Garden People (PDF ebooks) PART THREE

Have you checked this great book out yet? Don’t let its age fool you. This is great fun and very educational gardening instruction for anyone who is young at heart!

Today we have Part Three of this great gardening / story book. Part One from Monday and Part Two from Tuessday are still available too, so if you haven’t gotten them already, you can still get them now. This is delightful, fun, educational stuff — don’t miss it!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” the file to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click on the link and save it to your mac. (Note: This is a scanned ebook, photographed from the original vintage book, so it may not be viewable on portable devices such as a kindle, ipad or phone.)

Living Books, Nature Studies

The Mary Frances Garden Book, PART TWO

The Mary Frances Garden Book, or Adventures Among the Garden People (PDF ebooks) PART TWO

One of our all-time favorite literary characters, Mary Frances, is back again in this delightfully illustrated story book adventure in the garden!

Today we have Part Two of this great gardening / story book. Part One from yesterday is still available too, if you haven’t gotten it already. Part Three comes tomorrow! This is delightful, fun, educational stuff — and full of great illustrations. Don’t miss it!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” the file to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click on the link and save it to your mac. (Note: This is a scanned ebook, photographed from the original vintage book, so it may not be viewable on portable devices such as a kindle, ipad or phone.)

Living Books, Nature Studies

The Mary Frances Garden Book, PART ONE

The Mary Frances Garden Book, or Adventures Among the Garden People (PDF ebooks)

One of our all-time favorite literary characters, Mary Frances, is back again in this delightfully illustrated story book adventure in the garden!

Mary Frances and Billy have been growing up, and with their growing, they have learned to love the great out-of-doors. In this great book, they meet all sorts of fanciful characters, and learn a lot of very real garden lore & “how to” information especially for young gardeners. Highly recommended!

This is such a large ebook file, we’ve broken it down into three parts to make it downloadable for all, and will be serializing this book over three days. This is delightful, fun, educational stuff — don’t miss it!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” the file to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click on the link and save it to your mac. (Note: This is a scanned ebook, photographed from the original vintage book, so it may not be viewable on portable devices such as a kindle, ipad or phone.)

Art Instruction, Nature Studies

Natural History Illustration Course

FreelyHomeschool.com found this neat online course that should appeal to many homeschool families, so today we’re going to let them tell you about it:

“Creatively homeschooling parents, eclectic homeschoolers, and Charlotte Mason teachers, you’ll enjoy this free nature illustration course! A few months ago, I shared that I was going to take what I called a “nature journal college course” from the University of Newcastle.

“I really loved it!

“The course covers botanical illustration, but goes so much deeper than just showing you how the teacher draws objects.  Instead, you are encouraged to draw the object as you see it!  Also, you’ll learn about natural history illustrators who are helping scientists (an artist will sometimes notice things that are missed in photographs or not noticed by simply viewing an animal). 

“Guess what?  The free nature illustration course is being repeated!  It begins April 2, 2019.  The free course is called Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration 101. It comes to us online, from the University of Newcastle in Australia.”

CLICK HERE to go to the FreelyHomeschool website and get all the details on enrolling and participating in this course.

Nature Studies, Science

The Periodic Table of EXPERIMENTS

The Periodic Table of Experiments is a fun hands-on science activity resource from Science-Sparks.com. It’s not really a Periodic Table of the Elements, but it is set up to look like that very familiar chart — with a difference. Each experiment on the downloadable PDF chart is clickable, and takes you to a link to that science experiment/activity. Activities are divided into Preschool science, Weather, STEM challenges, Kitchen Science, Plant & Outdoor Science, and even Fairy Tale Science. There’s lots of fun and educational projects for preschool and primary age students.

CLICK HERE to go to the download page for this clickable PDF. (On that page, you’ll find the download link right above the picture of the chart.)

Nature Studies

Wild Kids Magazine

We recently discovered WILD KIDS, a free downloadable magazine published by Alicia Bayer, and were wishing we had had this back when our own kids spent their days roaming and playing in our woods. So of course we had to share it with you:

Wild Kids Magazine for March is out! As always it’s absolutely free to read and print out.

This month’s topics include foraging wood sorrel the tasty little plant everyone thinks is clover, plus how to build wild shelters, tapping maple trees (and others!), 10 ways to play in nature this month and much more.

As always, there are foraging coloring pages, nature journal pages and seasonal poems too.

Wild Kids Magazine is an ad-free, nonprofit nature and foraging magazine for kids and their grown ups. Each issue is in full color and features printable nature journal pages.

Be sure to check it out. No opt-in required.

CLICK HERE to go to the download page

Nature Studies

The “Look About You” Nature Study Books – III

Here’s our final volume (for now) from the “Look About You” nature study series written by Thomas W. Hoare, an English nature study teacher in the early 1900s. These stories follow the activities of an uncle and his nieces and nephews as they explore the countryside and farm and really begin to pay attention to all the wonders of nature surrounding them. Each short chapter ends with some “hands on” experiment or activity for children, related to the topic. These books are exceptionally well done, are great for primary age nature study, and have great illustrations to boot. We highly recommend you check them out!

Again, the series introduction:

This little book should be used as a simple guide to the practical study of Nature rather than as a mere reader.

Every lesson herein set down has, during the author’s many years’ experience in teaching Nature Study, been taught by observation and practice again and again; and each time with satisfactory result. The materials required for the lessons are within everybody’s reach.

There is nothing that appeals to the heart of the ordinary child like living things, be they animal or vegetable, and there is no branch of education at the present day that bears, in the young mind, such excellent fruit as the study of the simple, living things around us.

Your child is nothing if not curious. He wants to understand everything that lives in his bright little world.

Nature Study involves so many ingenious little deductions, that the reasoning powers are almost constantly employed, and intelligence grows proportionately. The child’s powers of observation are stimulated, and his memory is cultivated in the way most pleasing to his inquiring nature. By drawing his specimens, no matter how roughly or rapidly, his eye is trained more thoroughly than any amount of enforced copying of stiff, uninteresting models of prisms, cones, etc., ever could train it.

The love of flowers and animals is one of the most commendable traits in the disposition of the wondering child, and ought to be encouraged above all others. A few lessons on Nature Phenomena are added.

It is the author’s fondest and most sanguine hope that his little pupils may study further the great book of Nature, whose broad pages are ever open to us, and whose silent answers to our manifold questions are never very difficult to read.

Today’s book is Volume 4, and topics covered are: Snowdrops – Crocus – Tulips – Daisies – Water Beetles – Life of a Trout – Silkworms – Birds
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This book can be viewed and read online, or can be downloaded as kindle or epub ebooks.

Nature Studies

The “Look About You” Nature Study Books – II

Here’s another of the “Look About You” nature study series written by Thomas W. Hoare, an English nature study teacher in the early 1900s. These stories follow the activities of an uncle and his nieces and nephews as they explore the countryside and farm and really begin to pay attention to all the wonders of nature surrounding them. Each short chapter ends with some “hands on” experiment or activity for children, related to the topic. These books are exceptionally well done, are great for primary age nature study, and have great illustrations to boot. We highly recommend you check them out!

Today’s book is Volume 3, and topics include: Birds in Winter – Seed-Eaters & Insect-Eaters – Baby Plants – Tadpoles – and Frogs

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this book is available in HTML format to read online, or it can be downloaded as an epub or kindle ebook!

 

Nature Studies

The “Look About You” Nature Study Books – I

This week, we’re sharing a few volumes from the “Look About You” nature study series written by Thomas W. Hoare, an English nature study teacher in the early 1900s. These stories follow the activities of an uncle and his nieces and nephews as they explore the countryside and farm and really begin to pay attention to all the wonders of nature surrounding them. Each short chapter ends with some “hands on” experiment or activity for children, related to the topic. These books are exceptionally well done, are great for primary age nature study, and have great illustrations to boot. We highly recommend you check them out!

From the series introduction:

This little book should be used as a simple guide to the practical study of Nature rather than as a mere reader.

Every lesson herein set down has, during the author’s many years’ experience in teaching Nature Study, been taught by observation and practice again and again; and each time with satisfactory result. The materials required for the lessons are within everybody’s reach.

There is nothing that appeals to the heart of the ordinary child like living things, be they animal or vegetable, and there is no branch of education at the present day that bears, in the young mind, such excellent fruit as the study of the simple, living things around us.

Your child is nothing if not curious. He wants to understand everything that lives in his bright little world.

Nature Study involves so many ingenious little deductions, that the reasoning powers are almost constantly employed, and intelligence grows proportionately. The child’s powers of observation are stimulated, and his memory is cultivated in the way most pleasing to his inquiring nature. By drawing his specimens, no matter how roughly or rapidly, his eye is trained more thoroughly than any amount of enforced copying of stiff, uninteresting models of prisms, cones, etc., ever could train it.

The love of flowers and animals is one of the most commendable traits in the disposition of the wondering child, and ought to be encouraged above all others. A few lessons on Nature Phenomena are added.

It is the author’s fondest and most sanguine hope that his little pupils may study further the great book of Nature, whose broad pages are ever open to us, and whose silent answers to our manifold questions are never very difficult to read.

Today’s book is Volume 2. Topics include:  Sowing Seeds – the Life of a Plant – Country Walks – Rabbits – Gulls – Spiders – Ants – and Grasshoppers.
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This book can be viewed and read online, or can be downloaded as kindle or epub ebooks.