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When I first read Amy Mack's bush calendar I was inspired to put on my boots and head outside on my own private nature expedition. I think you might feel the same as read through the pages of this Australian nature journal.
This book was first published in 1909. It is an exquisite literary account of the Australian bush of 100 years ago.
Each month Amy sets out on a bush walk around Sydney, NSW, seeing what she can discover. Her particular interest is the birds and flowers that she finds. Her enthusiasm is infectious.
Amy Mack’s ebook will compel you to get out and start nature walking. This ebook is not just for homeschoolers or students but for any one who loves nature (or wants to).
This ebook is perfect for Australian nature study.
‘May. There are some days that make you laugh; days when little white clouds chase each other across a smiling sky, when little breezes play round the tree-tops and tickle the leaves into laughter; when wavelets skip and dance in the harbour, and birds gush and gurgle in the bush; when the whole world laughs with joy and you must laugh with it.’Amy Mack A Bush Calendar
My Bush Calendar Logbook
Environmental Geography Lessons
This book fits well with the environmental emphasis in the National Geography Curriculum (Year 4).
"The first ideas of geography, the lessons on place, which should make a child observant of local geography, of the features of his own neighbourhood, its heights and hollows, and level lands, its streams and ponds, should be gained, as we have seen, out of doors, and should prepare him for a certain amount of generalisation––that is, he should be able to discover definitions of river, island, lake, and so on, and should make these for himself ..." Charlotte Mason
Read a chapter of A Bush Calendar (an original source document) for your inspiration. Then have your child go outside and jot down some observations.
Here is a list of things they might want to record.
What do the trees look like? What plants are in flower? What birds are around? What insects can they see? What sounds can they hear?
How would they describe the environment around? What are some special physical features of the area?
I’ve also included space for some map and graph work. Children can make a horticultural map of their area noting plants or just a general map showing the geographical features of a place. The rainfall chart is to be used over the year. Have your child record the rainy days in a month and then at the end of the month they can plot the rainfall.
Here are the outcomes that using a logbook can meet. I’ve taken them directly from the Australian National Curriculum for Year 4.
• Develop geographical questions to investigate
• Collect and record relevant geographical data and information, for example, by observing, by interviewing, conducting surveys and measuring, or from sources such as maps, photographs, satellite images, the media and the internet
• Represent the location of places and their features by constructing large-scale maps that conform to cartographic conventions including scale, legend, title and north point, and describe their location using simple grid references, compass direction and distance
• Interpret geographical data to identify distributions and patterns and draw conclusions
• Present findings in a range of communication forms, for example, written, oral, digital, graphic, tabular and visual, and use geographical terminology
• Reflect on their learning to propose individual action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge and identify the expected effects of the proposal
Blank notebooking pages have been included so that you can include additional findings.
I hope you enjoy using this resource.
This resource includes:
A Bush Calendar by Amy Mack ebook (PDF File)
My Bush Calendar Logbook ebook (PDF file)