Nature Study Schedule

AmblesideOnline Nature Study Schedule

AO's Terms:
* Term 1: Sep-Nov
** Term 2: Jan-Mar
*** Term 3: Apr-Jun

We encourage AmblesideOnline members to follow the schedule as a group for Artists, Composers, Plutarch, Shakespeare, Folk Songs, Hymns, and Nature Study. Staying on schedule together for these subjects enriches our studies as we share resources and experiences.

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A rotation that covers all the topics in the handbook of Nature Study in five years: This arrangement balances more accessible subjects and more complex (slightly less tangible) subjects evenly throughout the rotation, as well as interspersing living and non-living subjects. Although these were arranged to place subjects in terms where they can be observed most easily due to the season, feel free to re-arrange terms to suit the region you live in. [Schedule by Amy Tuttle]

2020-2021
summer/fall: Reptiles
winter: Brook, river, ocean
spring: Garden flowers/weeds

2021-2022
summer/fall: Invertebrates
winter: Rocks, minerals and soil
spring: Fish

2022-2023
summer/fall: Birds
winter: Mammals
spring: Wildflowers/flowerless plants

2023-2024
summer/fall: Trees/shrubs/vines
winter: Stars/sky
spring: Amphibians

2024-2025
summer/fall: Cultivated crops
winter: Weather/climate
spring: Insects

2025-2026
summer/fall: Reptiles
winter: Brook, river, ocean
spring: Garden flowers/weeds

2026-2027
summer/fall: Invertebrates
winter: Rocks, minerals and soil
spring: Fish

2027-2028
summer/fall: Birds
winter: Mammals
spring: Wildflowers/flowerless plants

2028-2029
summer/fall: Trees/shrubs/vines
winter: Stars/sky
spring: Amphibians

2029-2030
summer/fall: Cultivated crops
winter: Weather/climate
spring: Insects (Book suggestion: Insect Adventures by Jean-Henri Fabre)

2030-2031
summer/fall: Reptiles
winter: Brook, river, ocean
spring: Garden flowers/weeds

2031-2032
summer/fall: Invertebrates
winter: Rocks, minerals and soil
spring: Fish

2032-2033
summer/fall: Birds
winter: Mammals
spring: Wildflowers/flowerless plants

2033-2034
summer/fall: Trees/shrubs/vines
winter: Stars/sky
spring: Amphibians

2034-2035
summer/fall: Cultivated crops
winter: Weather/climate
spring: Insects

2035-2036
summer/fall: Reptiles
winter: Brook, river, ocean
spring: Garden flowers/weeds

2036-2037
summer/fall: Invertebrates
winter: Rocks, minerals and soil
spring: Fish

2037-2038
summer/fall: Birds
winter: Mammals
spring: Wildflowers/flowerless plants

2038-2039
summer/fall: Trees/shrubs/vines
winter: Stars/sky
spring: Amphibians

2039-2040
summer/fall: Cultivated crops
winter: Weather/climate
spring: Insects (Book suggestion: Insect Adventures by Jean-Henri Fabre)

For more information, see Naomi Goegan's page that explains How to Do Nature Study.

From Charlotte Mason's original PR magazine, 1890's, a short but very instructive letter on nature study, with a brief note from Charlotte saying she included the letter so that other parents could see how nature study ought to be done.

From Vol III, no. 9

Dear Editor, I have chose for these, creatures which come beneath our almost every day notice, with the exception of ostriches, and this the only bird or toehr things I taught from a book -- as much as possible I have shown M--- what I have taught her. We have kept a caterpillar and watched it develop into a moth. We have visited tadpoles. Tigers, wild dogs, and tamhbur she was much interested in, as we hear and see a great deal of all three. Owing to the weather I failed to find a caterpillar with the ichneumon fly's eggs on it; but I hope soon to show it to her; also the caterpillar shrivelled up after begin sucked by the young grubs. Subjects learnt about, moths in India, tigers, wild dogs, tamhbur, ostriches, dauber wasp, ichneumon flies, house-flies, bluebottles, caterpillars, and housespiders. I chose insects because we have so many here and it is so stupid to know nothing about them.

A Mother in India.

(We publish the above as a hint to other mothers as to how natural history should be taught.---Ed.)

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