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.
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- This blog post gives you some resources you may find helpful for each week in January as well as journal pages to complete.
- You might like our poetry recommendations for January here.
- Join the new Facebook group to be updated when new resources appear.
- If you are on Pinterest you might like to check out my ENWC Pinterest board here.
National Penguin Awareness Day 20th January
National Penguin Awareness Day is the 20th January. Here’s a free set of Penguin flash cards to download below.
They’re Montessori style so you can print out two copies and make them into three part cards. I think my favourite has to be the fairy penguin.
Download “Penguin Three Part Montessori Cards”Penguin-Three-Part-Cards.pdf – Downloaded 121 times – 424.52 KB
Emperor of the Ice by Nicola Davies and Catherine Rayner
Emperor of the Ice is an incredible book written by expert Nicola Davies and sublimely illustrated by Catherine Rayner – the dream team in children’s books. It’s a highly recommended book from us. You can find other favourite penguin books and resources here.
If you’ve visited my blog before you’ll probably know I really love crafting. I’m particularly into iris folding at the moment. Bethan on Etsy has a lovely penguin template here.
Perfect Tonie Character for Penguin Awareness Day
Tonies do a Tonie Character National Geographic Penguin Character with 60 minutes audio content all about penguins!
There’s four sets of journal papers that link with Exploring Nature with Children and other awareness days throughout January but could also be used at other times of the year. The layout means you can draw or write responses – whatever is your preference.
Journal Papers Set 1 includes:
- New Year’s resolutions
- Eco prompts
Journal Papers Set 2 includes:
- The moon
Journal Papers Set 3 includes:
- Polka dots
- Martin Luther King Jr
January Exploring Nature with Children Topics
- Winter Sky Week
- Moon Study Week
- Winter Tree Study Week
- Winter Pond Study Week
Scroll down for resources for each week and other Winter topics.
Exploring Nature with Children Winter Sky Week
Winter Sky Cards
Audio Books – Yoto Cards
Audio players for kids are brilliant. If you’ve not discovered them yet head to this post. Here’s a few cards that would work well for some of the January Exploring Nature with Children weeks.
Exploring Nature with Children Moon Study Week
Helpful Blog Posts
Exploring Nature with Children Winter Tree Study Week
Great Winter tree identification quiz from the Woodland Trust here.
- Grow, Tree, Grow by Dom Conlon & Anastasia Izlesou
- Old Oak and Little Acorn by Elena Mannion and Erin Brown
Above are blog post review links. Below are books we love. Clicking on the book will take you to more info and inside images.
Exploring Nature with Children Winter Pond Study Week
Fiddlesticks Pond Nature Pack is one we’ve enjoyed using for a few years, We’ve used it for each of the ENWC pond weeks in the year.
Pond life spotter of UK plants
Pond life spotter of UK creatures
More Nature Resources for January
Early Spring Flowers
Early Spring three part Montessori inspired cards
Story – Flossie and the Snowdrop Fairy
A little seasonal story to get you ready for Spring. The story of the Snowdrop fairy waking up the flowers. You can read the name of your child instead of Flossie when reading the story to personalise.
An audio version of the story – if you can cope with my accent!
Winter watercolour resources from Becca at Fiddlesticks Education. Becca also provides the resources in a range of different languages.
I’m so tempted to start a Wheel of the Year. This pack is from Fiddlesticks and I’ve also seen people do beautiful embroidered phenology wheels. Let me know in the comments if you do one and what you do.