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- Publication Date: January 14, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MS7XI8T
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A Magical Homeschool: Nature Studies: 52 Wonderful Ways to Use Nature Studies in Every Season to Teach Science, Math, Art and More Kindle Edition
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1. It's an easy way to teach science
2. It lays the foundation for higher learning
3. It gets kids outside
4. It can be done anywhere
5. It's free
6. It can help put the fun back into learning
7. It works with other subjects
8. It gives children a sense of stewardship for the earth
9. It develops critical reasoning skills
10. Children find it magical
While points 9 and 10 might seem antithetical to each other, the author is talking about how much fun children have in doing nature studies and how well it works to do, rather than to read about something like a life cycle of a frog. She makes things magical - when talking about edible flowers, she suggests putting mousse into tulips. How can that not seem magical to a child?
The author suggests many of the nature studies my kids loved doing: worm calling, soil pH vinegar testing, testing natural insect repellents, a weed lab, telling the temperature with crickets, making fruit leather in cars to demonstrate how hot closed cars get, and cloud making.
When applicable, the activity comes with directions for the child to use the scientific method, which gives an excellent start for budding scientists.
I particularly like how there are sections for which nature study is best for which season. That makes life so much easier for the parent leading the study.
I cannot recommend this highly enough for every homeschooler of younger children. Anything that brings science alive deserves five stars!
Many of the activities are open-ended, which allows the child to guide the direction and process. I appreciate that since I feel some of the best learning happens when a child's interest guides the process. The book could be a jumping-off point for more intensive scientific study, or it could just be used to inspire fun seasonal activities and nature-themed crafts. This was well worth purchasing.