Nature Studies, Nature Journals, and Poetry Through the Year is a 216 page e-book in our series of Nature Study and More E-books. These books are for children in all grades kindergarten to the eighth grade level, with some activities and suggestions to include everyone in your family.
This ebook is a year long study (12 months and more) of nature divided into seasons and months and the natural events that occur during those seasons. Through a natural introduction into science through nature, this study introduces children into different areas of biology, physics, and chemistry.
Would you like to give nature study a try but don’t know how you will find the time or fit it into your schedule and still feel like you are covering everything you really feel the need to cover for science?
I’ve been there. That is why I have written a book that takes the time for nature study but still covers different areas of biology, chemistry, and physics as an extended study of what you observe in nature. These topics can be covered generally or more in depth. It all depends on you, your child, and the time and interest you have for each topic.
This study includes the following sections that you can print off a few at a time depending on the topic of your study and the time of year:
Each Season has 3 months
Each Month has poetry and quotes that have to do with that month or topics within that month
There are different topics and a different number of topics depending on the natural events during that season or month.
For example, under Winter, you will find December, January, and February. Within January, you will find the topics of Trees in Winter, Astronomy, Owls, and Nocturnal Animals.
Within each topic you will find:
Pertinent poetry and quotes
Suggested Living Book list
- Nature Walk and Post-walk Activities
Questions with which to engage your children in conversation about the topic of study during the walk
Scientific Connections that naturally draw your child into an extended study of biology, physics, or chemistry that is connected to your nature study topic
For example, a topic study in July is Weather – Thunder, Lightning, Rain, and Rainbows. After observing this in nature and studying it, a Scientific Connection offers suggestions in which to extend that study into a study of Electricity, Sound Waves and Vibrations, Color, Light, or Acid Rain.
Each Scientific Connection has
Suggested Living Books list (if books are available on the topic)
Suggested Activities and Experiments
Some of these are described in the book, others are websites or books of experiments.
The Next Major Section of the book is Nature Journaling
Here you will find Recommended Nature Journal and Drawing book suggestions and websites. You will also find Suggested Sources for Nature Journaling pages and Sample Nature Journal pages within this book to get you started right away.
The Last Section is the Poetry section.
Here you will find Suggestions in which to integrate Poetry into your nature study through Writing and Studying Literary Devices commonly found in Poetry.
So, you can see that you CAN do a weekly nature study and still tie it into a more formal study of the traditional scientific areas and have the best of both worlds.
Read Reviews of this book here:
It has been receiving resounding positive reviews. Please click on the links below to read what other homeschool users have to say.
Here is what one homeschool mom from Australia who blogs on her “Aussie Pumpkin Patch” has to say:
“The book is awesome!…The book not only has fantastic ideas for nature walks and study but also ideas on questions you could ask before, during, or after the walks. … I really can’t wait to take some of these ideas out and use them with the kids.”
Here is another review from a reviewer for Currclick.com. Scroll down the page after the description of our book and you will find a written review from a member of the Heart of the Matter Team. Here’s a little of what she had to say:
“WOW! That was my first impression! For $14.95, “Using Nature Study, Nature Journal and Nature Through the Year” is a great purchase. It is massive in size (over 200 pages) and deep in scope.”
Christen commented on this blog:
A fellow homeschoolers recommended your 2012 Election notebook and I was absolutely thrilled to find these unit studies that you’ve written as well.
They are RIGHT on the nose, exactly what I’ve been looking for, for almost a year! I teach in our homeschool coop and although my children are 4 and 2 I love that I can use these even now with them and not just in the coop! A lot of the questions while on a nature walk are the same as what I do naturally. I am looking forward to getting more in depth and embracing both of my children’s curiosity and having the perfect tool to help me stay focused and organized in my teaching about the seasons.
Thank you also for making them so affordable! We don’t have a lot of wiggle room at all so it’s nice to have the option of purchasing individual seasons, but it’s SO cost effective to get it all at once and I was shocked at how affordable it was. Thank you so much!
We’re excited homeschoolers have found our book so enjoyable and useful in their science and nature study! Now is the time to get outside and bring your learning back to nature!
Please let us know how you like the ebook after your purchase. We are eager to hear your thoughts! If you know anyone else that may be interested please share our website. Thanks!