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‘Books dealing with Science...should be of a literary character, and we would probably be more scientific as a people if we scrapped all the text books. Where science does not teach a child to wonder and admire, it is perhaps of no educational value. ’ Charlotte Mason
You can read this book for sheer delight; use it as a reference, or as the basis for a one year primary science course.
Each chapter is a short case study of Australian nature.
Nuri Mass, the author, lets us into her world. We join in with the discoveries and share in the wonder with her young children, Chris and Tess, as they explore the great outdoors with their mother.
Her simple explanations and detailed observation will make you and your children marvel and prompt you all to go outside on a quest to find that common creature that has now inspired so much curiosity in everyday surrounds.
Nuri makes scientific illustrations into an art form. More than 200 simple sketches appear in this book. Children can use these drawings as a model for their own nature sketches or colour-in the book
This book is of no particular religious persuasion. On a few occasions it briefly mentions millions of years when it discusses fossils but that’s not the emphasis of the book. The main emphasis is on the wonder of nature which highlights the intelligent design of the world around us.
The books engaging narrative style is why it is a favourite living science book amongst Australian Charlotte Mason homeschoolers. In fact it is considered an Australian nature classic winning the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Highly Commended Award.
Pages: 288 pages Black and White
Spiral Cover with Spine
The Wonderland of Nature Journal is a downloadable companion to the ebook.
It helps children develop the habit of observing the environment, recording and interpreting what is seen and felt.
Based on 35 chapters used in The Wonderland of Nature these pages will help kick start your child’s nature journal. Each Discovery Page is a little different. You can print off as many copies as you want for your own children.
For the most part there are no right and wrong answers, as these are not revision worksheets, but rather aids to exploration and consolidation of the material covered in The Wonderland of Nature.
• Discussion question for narration related to the chapter.
• A place for your child to record their own observations of nature for that day.
• Space for labelling an illustration, finishing of a picture, or making their own nature drawing.
• Lines for relevant notes.
• Web links to child friendly websites for more information.
Once your child has begun their nature journal they need not be limited to the discovery pages. They can make their own special entries of events from their own experience such as the possum they saw or a bird that visits your home.
Add structure and make your weekly science lessons more formal by combining The Wonderland of Nature book and The Wonderland of Nature Journal.
• Read one chapter of the book. This only takes about 15 minutes.
• Have the child narrate (tell back) what they learnt from your reading. Discuss the questions on the relevant Discovery Page.
• If appropriate the children can go outside to see if they can find the mentioned treasure.
• Use the Discovery Page for your journal entry.
• For further study use the web links provided on the Discovery Pages.
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Another huge advantage to using this resource is that you can include all of your primary children in the lesson. Even your preschoolers will like it! Your children can share in the delight of the story, go treasure hunting for bugs together and enjoy the individuality of each child’s nature journal entry.
In our family, I would read a chapter from the book, and then we’d run outside to see if we could find the mentioned creature, after our search we made a nature journal entry. All four children had a different idea of how they wanted their nature page to look. The older child went to check out the internet links to see what other information he could find.
Pages: 46 Colour Pages (Can be printed in Black & White)
Size: A4 Landscape
File Type: PDF File
File Size: 3MB