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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 For A Year
This book fits well with the environmental emphasis in the National Geography Curriculum (Year 4-6).
"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
Make Your Own Case Study - Developing Geography Skills
This is just a very simple resource that was put together to help you organise a local case study of your area and begin using some geography skills with your children. I recommend getting a small folder to keep all of your information together. You can begin using this any time of year.
Here is a suggested schedule for using this resource:
1. Read a chapter of A Bush Calendar each month (an original source document) for inspiration. It’s ok to begin reading this book on the chapter that lines up with the current month you will be studying.
2. Use Bush Calendar monthly pages to begin recording the seasonal changes in your own area. A good place to start is outside in your own backyard. Encourage your child to jot down some observations. You may like to use these pages as a draft copy that you use out on a field trip and then transfer your findings into a nature journal. 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?
3. Make a local map of your area showing the geographical features of a place, or just your own backyard noting plants. Put in as much detail as you want. You may like to use steps or paces as a measurement. You can also use a compass to find the North point. A legend is also good.
4. The rainfall chart is to be used over the year. Record the rainy days in a month and then at the end of the month they can plot the rainfall.
The temperature chart can also be used for each month. You could use a range or one temperature measured at the same time each day.
5. You can also add in local newspaper clippings or photographs of your area that may highlight local environmental issues.
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)