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.
Unschooling. Its a buzzword. A hot topic. A thing of mystery and intrigue.
So many homeschooling parents find themselves fighting with their children to do their assignments. Others feel stifled by the workload of their chosen curriculum. To parents like these who want more freedom in their homeschool, unschooling can sound like a wonderful option.
But when we’ve been trained to believe school is done a certain way, how do we let that go?
And if we let it go, how do we keep track of progress and make sure that our children are still learning what they need to learn?
Can workbooks help with that? Yes they can. If they are the right kind of workbooks, used in the right way.
We tried to keep things simple with our flower lapbook, given that there was quite a bit of hands–on activitiesto learn from. Once again, we used part of a preschool pack to build our lapbook (preschool packs are surprisingly adaptable for this purpose).
LittleMan has been studying cats this past week and wants to continue to do so this up coming week, meaning I had to come up with something else for Tink to do during lesson time. I’d been looking for some Tinkerbell preschool printables for her to work with but, besides the small world printables I’ve posted about before, there wasn’t much available that I could find. So I set to work making my own and this is what I’ve come up with so far.
This week LittleMan surprised us by asking to study cats. I did a bit of looking around online but most everything I could find in the way of printables either felt “too young” for him, like this preschool pack [click here] or “too old” for him, like this lapbook [click here]. They are lovely resources for children, which is why I’ve linked them for my readers, but not quite what we needed. So I experimented with making our own printables. And now, in case someone else might find them useful, I’m sharing them for free with all of you. Keep in mind these are my first attempt at making printables so there is room for improvement, but they seem to be working well enough for LittleMan.
If you’re interested in downloading any of these, be sure to click on the text above the picture, not the actual picture.