A 36-Week Schedule for Your Year-Long Habitats Study
Target Age Group: Grades Pre-K to 4th
Type of Resource: Non-Consumable
The “Animals and Their Worlds” Combined Guide
The “Animals and Their Worlds” Combined Guide schedules two sets of resources in this one, easy to read guide: one set of resources for young learners in Pre-K and Kindergarten, and one set for students Grades 1-4. It also schedules the resources common to both sets, making it super-simple to school a range of ages. The schedule is based on a 4-day week, which leaves one day free for extracurricular studies, field trips, co-op, doctor appointments, or whatever else in your “real life.”
You’ll love the clear weekly schedules and helps in this Guide. The Guide also includes activity ideas, advice on teaching and grading student work using Charlotte Mason ideals, website links, as well as a rating system and supply lists for activities and experiments.
This guide pulls together the resources to study seven habitats, in this order: woods, wetland, savannah, arctic tundra, desert, tropical rainforest, and ocean coasts and reefs. The habitats are ordered to accompany well a traditional school schedule in the northern hemisphere, encountering the woods and wetlands in the fall, the arctic in the winter, and ocean coasts in the late spring. If you live elsewhere, you may find you want to change the order of the units for your family.
By and large each unit’s observations include many that don’t require access to a particular habitat, and thus this program can be completed for the most part with general access to natural places. It’s helpful to know that there are nature journaling exercises in some units that rely on some access to that unit’s environment or one similar to it, particularly the woods and the beach. It is helpful to be near woods for that unit, and at least have access to a cold environment for the arctic study (though not necessary), and to have some beach access or get beach sand for the ocean coasts portion.
Up Close in This Guide
- A 36-week, 4-day schedule is laid out clearly in a grid-style on just one page
- Introductory material helps you mentor and “learn together” with your student
- Supply lists and other helps make planning quick and painless
- Narration ideas in the front of the guide help you prompt your student through the year
- Weekly schedule page reduces your paperwork and is easy to follow, with clear notes
- Resources offer a focus on activities that are “Open & Go!”
- Rating systems for activities help you find the ones you want!
- Independent study schedules for 1st to 4th grade students eliminate writing out “homework lists”
- Website and DVD suggestions take your family inside the world’s amazing habitats
- Above all, WP offers a practical, “Can-Do-and-Want-To-Do!” approach