Posts in Eight Great Books
Eight Great Books to Support Nature-Based Learning in July

Now that the heat of summer is fully upon us, there’s no doubt that outdoor play and exploration is more enjoyable when it involves a body of water! Whether you’re splashing in a creek, diving into a lake, or wading in the ocean waves, July is a great time to learn about these unique ecosystems and the creatures who call them home. These eight great books offer the perfect framework for doing just that…

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Eight Great Books to Support Nature-Based Learning in May

The beginning of May is especially beautiful in our neck of the woods. Leaves emerge on trees, the grass seems to spring up another inch every day, and the seeds we’ve planted are all sprouting happily in the garden.

With so much new plant growth, it’s the perfect time to dive in to some basic botany exploration, and these eight great books offer a perfect framework for doing just that…

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Eight Great Books to Support Nature-Based Learning in April

The official start of spring may be in March, but around here it's often in April when things start to really feel "springy."

On warm days the birdsong is surprisingly loud, and the trees are filled with busy birds, many of whom are beginning their nesting season. April is also a damp month for us, with frequent rainfalls helping to bring life back to the landscape. 

These eight great books focus on the themes of nesting and rainfall and offer a perfect jumping-off point for springtime exploration and investigation.

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Eight Great Books to Support Nature-Based Learning in March

After a long, cold winter, it's always a relief when March rolls around, bringing with it the first signs of spring!

There are few things that children love more than the chance to splash in puddles and squelch in the mud that invariably appears in my neck of the wood this time of year. There's something magical and invigorating about seeing life gradually returning to the landscape, and these eight great books all capture that feeling perfectly.

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Eight Great Books to Support Nature-Based Learning in February

While it's easy to write off winter as a season where there just isn't that much going on outdoors, we’ve found the opposite to be true.

Though the ground may be frozen and the trees may be bare, the changed landscape offers a fresh perspective for observation of the natural world.

These eight great books all help foster appreciation for the natural wonder to be found at this time of year...

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Eight Great Books to Support Nature-Based Learning in January

In our neck of the woods we tend to get our first real snows in January, so it's the perfect time to pull out books that capture the magic of snowfall from a range of perspectives. I find that the richest learning occurs when children are presented with a combination of fact and fiction, helping deepen their naturalist knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts while also providing fodder for creative exploration and thematic dramatic play. These eight great books do just that...

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Eight Great Books About Trees to Support Nature Based Learning

Whether you live in a busy city, a quiet suburb, or out in the countryside, chances are there are trees nearby. Getting to know the trees in your neighborhood is a great way to deepen your personal connection to the natural world. 

These eight great books pair nicely with the Wonderkin Tree Box and provide the perfect jumping off point for hours of tree study and outdoor exploration! 

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Eight Great Books About Astronomy To Support Nature-Based Learning

Astronomy, or the study of stars, planets, and space, is a wonderful nature-based learning topic that's both accessible and interesting to learners of all ages. From stargazing to creating your own sundial, there are ample opportunities for hands-on learning and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) integration. 

These eight great books pair nicely with the Wonderkin Astronomy Box and provide the perfect jumping off point for hours of outdoor exploration! 

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Eight Great Books About Botany To Support Nature-Based Learning

Botany, or the study of plants, is a wonderful nature-based learning topic that's both accessible and interesting to learners of all ages. From planting seeds to dissecting plants to creating pressed flower artwork, there are ample opportunities for hands-on learning and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) integration. 

These eight great books pair nicely with the Wonderkin Botany Box and provide the perfect jumping off point for hours of plant study and outdoor exploration! 

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