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Little Leafers Nature Study is a year-round class, divided by season, created by Suzy Homeschooler.
You could be a parent with just one or two informal pupils, or you could be a co-op instructor with two dozen children under-foot. Either way, this is a flexible course that you can bend to fit your unique needs.
The autumn session is 6 weeks long. Each week has printable student packs with nature journal prompts, illustrated nature guides, fun facts, and vocabulary words. Each week also has printable teacher’s guides with subject related tips, lectures, discussion prompts, Montessori-inspired tray work, and a suggested craft.
Most of the country is preparing to have a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, turkey included. But what are you going to do with that 20lb bird carcass once the meal is over?
Our family has a little tradition, it started when LittleMan was just shy of two years old and it continues on, over half a decade later. We call it the “Black Friday Turkey Dissection,” and every year it gets a little more complex.
One thing we’ve noticed when we take our nature walks is that we must help our children learn where to look for wildlife and also teach them to look at the small details.
It is easy for a small child to miss the brown moth resting against the brown bark of a tree while they rush past it in their excitement to be outside on a nature walk.
Its summer time again, and that means another year of nature study.
For families like ours who like to go hiking, its likely you’ll see some tracks along the way that you may not always recognize.
If you plan on spending a lot of time outside this summer then one of the first things you should teach your children is how to stay safe.
What safety means is different depending on where you live but in general you want to make sure they know which local wildlife to avoid, how to observe from afar, how to back away if they come across something unsafe, etc..
Summer is just around the corner, and Mother Nature has a wealth of knowledge to lend us. Below are five science experiments you can do with your children using materials found in your own backyard.
Watching wildlife in their own backyard is one of the most rewarding and inspiring activities that a child can do. I don’t even know the innumerable hours I spent as a child watching the squirrels gathering nuts for the winter and birds building their nests in the spring. Many seasons I sat in quiet observation of the raccoon kits as they outgrew their mother’s care and the flowers as they over-flowed their garden beds. I befriended the toad who made his burrow beneath my patio and awaited his awakening each evening as the day came to an end, frequently catching little fireflies to feed him.
Nothing makes me happier than knowing I can give my children a similar experience. Sending them outside everyday to connect with the world around them, in their own ways.
Children love to plant gardens, and it is especially beneficial for them to do so. Unfortunately, plants can take an awful long time to grow and children are not known for their patience.
And I have learned the hard way that if you attempt to grow a garden with starter plants rather than seeds, the children might be tempted to dig them up and replant them frequently, which can cause root damage and undo stress to the plant.
In an effort to minimize the damage to our live plants, I created this pretend play garden for my children and their friends, and it has so far been a roaring success. (more…)
Through out this month of January, I will be participating in a collaborative series with 53 other bloggers organized by Little Bins for Little Hands to bring you the A-Z of STEM subjects. While this A-Z STEM series is happening, we also still have our weekly STEM Saturday linky party! This week we’ll be talking about Ichnology.
Ichnology is the study of traces of organismal behavior, such as burrows and footprints. It combines geology and biology in a way that is technically a branch of paleontology, though it isn’t limited to prehistoric animals. One area of ichnology, paleoichnology, focuses on the study of prehistoric or fossil traces while another branch, neoichnology, focuses on more recent and modern day traces.
We often teach our children about ichnology without even realizing it. Have you ever built a worm farm with them? Or taught them how to spot animal tracks at the park? If so then you’ve been exposing them to ichnology. (more…)
LittleMan and I were walking to the zoo for his science lessons when we noticed some things that gave us pause and we ended up studying something rather unexpected instead.
It started when LittleMan spotted some scratches in the trees. He was unsure what they were but I knew these were surefire signs that a male deer had been here so I encouraged him to follow the scratched trees through the park, and to pay attention to the ground to see if there was perhaps other clues as to what could have caused this. (more…)