We follow a curriculum from @raisinglittleshoots called Exploring Nature with Children. Each week of the year has a different, seasonal theme to base your nature study around. If you’d like to discover more search the hashtags #ENWC and #ExploringNatureWithChildren.
This blog post gives you some resources you may find helpful for each week in December. Do also check out the blog post A Poem A Day in December for the Family for seasonal poetry inspiration.
Exploring Nature with Children Christmas Plants Week
Christmas plants flash cards. Can be used in so many ways, introducing new vocabulary, print two copies and make into Montessori three part cards.
Exploring Nature with Children Bird Study Week
Robin Needle Felting Craft
Why not have a go at needle felting your own birds for this week. You can find robin template and instructions on how to needle felt a robin in my post here.
If you’re looking for more crafting inspiration for birds – maybe for you rather than the children. These tin art birds are made by my Mom using recycled aluminium cans! I think they’re stunning.
British birds flash cards. Can be used in so many ways, introducing new vocabulary, print two copies and make into Montessori three part cards.
Bird Phonics Captions for Phase 2-5
Reading in short bursts such as captions can be really beneficial when children are learning specific sounds in phonics.
Lily & Thistle offer a free online watercolour tutorial to paint twelve different birds. You can sign up here and then you set your own password for the site to access content.
Each video is around 10-15 minutes long. I’ll let you know what how I get on. From an initial look they look suitable for complete beginners.
Bird Blog Posts
Exploring Nature with Children Winter Solstice Week
Winter flash cards. Can be used in so many ways, introducing new vocabulary, print two copies and make into Montessori three part cards.
Exploring Nature with Children The Twelve Days of Christmas
Twelve Days of Christmas Modern Song Pictures
We had fun choosing the images for the latter part of the song. We’ve decided to make the leaping man a peer of the realm!