Monday, June 30, 2014

Great Outdoors with the Handbook of Nature Study

June's book share with Poppins Book Nook is the Great Outdoors. We chose to share a favorite around here...Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock.

The Handbook of Nature Study is written as a guide to the teacher or parent. It provides information on any number of nature topics and questions for study. It encourages families to get close up and personal with nature. Part one gives great ideas for getting outside with your kids and observing. Then it is divided into Animals, Plants, and Earth and Sky.

There is so much to study and choose from we've rarely found a study that wasn't there. Once we were inspired to make up our own study based on the format that Comstock provides for studying the Praying Mantis.

Here are some of the most recent studies we've been inspired by from our Handbook of Nature Study...


Golden Rod, Oak Tree, Queen Anne's Lace, WeatherA Hawk, an Owl, and the Bald Eagle, Cat Tail, Spiders and webs, Buckeye Butterfly, Robin to name a few....or check out all of our nature studies (lots of animals, insects, and plants throughout the years). 

We also love the blog Handbook of Nature Study. Barb provides lots of great lessons to get you started. She sends out a monthly newsletter and provides lots of feedback and interaction with challenges. And recently she's updated the look of her blog. It is lovely.

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Poppins Book Nook Great Outdoors Bundle Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. 

This month one lucky entrant will win a copy of the classic storybook Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping as no one brings that certain flair and fun to the great outdoors like Amelia Bedelia. The winner will also win an Uncle Milton Nat Geo Starry Night Lantern so whether you live in the countryside or in the city your child can experience some of the great outdoors while reading your storybook.

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An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

It's hard to go outside with children without finding yourself in the middle of a nature study - I love their eye for small detail.

Bethany said...

It is a joy for us.

Ticia said...

The handbook of nature study is such a great resource. I need to go by their blog more often. I got out of the habit, and need to get back into it.

Bethany said...

Yes. Barb has terrific resources and really got us motivated to get going with nature studies! :)

Momma Jo said...

Oh what fun. Thanks for sharing these resources

Bethany said...

Thanks! We really enjoy getting outside and we learn so much!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this fantastic resource. We spend as much time outdoors as we possibly can, I love how outdoor time inspires my kids to think, create and discuss.

Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

Bethany said...

Yes. Even when we are not studying nature, we like to spend lots of times out there just taking it all in.

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