Now available for Pre-order!!!! Margot at Hillside Education has reprinted a most wonderful nature study book, Natural Science Through the Seasons: 100 Teaching Units written by James A. Partridge. Originally printed in Canada in 1946, this book is a treasure!
I learned about this book from a 2007 Dewey’s Treehouse blog post. The monthly calendar and activity pages by D. Farwell are particularly enticing.
I borrowed the book a few times through InterLibrary Loan, but finally found a copy for $50. The book is wonderful. Although it is labeled as “teaching” ideas, it fits beautifully into a Charlotte Mason education with nature study in mind. As shared by Margot, the introduction explains:
The teacher must be prepared to discard the time-worn beliefs that learning must take place within the four walls of a classroom, that book facts have some mystically increased value over first-hand experiences with nature, that there is some uniform body of knowledge of natural phenomena that should become the heritage of all, or that pupils must be taught by question and answer, by blackboard summaries, or even by the teacher. Let us go forth with our pupils ‘into the child’s natural laboratory’ where, together, we may find ‘the birds and insects of the air, the living animals of field and wood, the trees and flowers and shrubs, the water and the earth,’ the sun and other stars’ ‘things which will attract and hold the child’s eye, arouse his wonder, stimulate his inquiries, and give him opportunities for discovery.’ In these places let nature answer the constant flow of questions that spring up in the minds of curious youth. Let us concede that though we be teachers, we must still be learners and can share the joy of discovery with our pupils.
This has been a highly sought book, with copies selling for over $150!! But now you can buy a reprint for under $40 — how thrilling! If you pre-order, you will also “receive a copy of each monthly calendar and activity suggestions printed on card stock to display in your home school. (Ten cards with calendar on the front and activities on the back.)” What a great deal! (There are ten because there are no calendar pages for July and August, only the school months, August through June.)
I’m really excited about this reprint, and plan on using the book for our nature study in our local homeschool group. I cannot wait!
Update: Jen Mackintosh wrote a terrific post about the book right after I did…if I had known I would have just sent you over there! I also have copied the calendar pages and Activity pages for our own bulletin board, and they are just wonderful!