Nature Study by Laurel Dodge

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Nature Study is an exciting and life-enhancing curriculum, with beautifully illustrated books that are specially suited for homeschooling families. Not only is it a structured course of study, but it addresses the problem of the increasing gap between children and the natural world.

Laurel Dodge is an expert in environmental studies and has created programs to introduce families and children to the natural world. She writes: “The easy exploration of nature that was a foundation of childhood in previous generations was based on unstructured summers, weekends, and afternoons. Kids now are too busy to romp freely in forests and fields. Instead of taking off on adventures with the neighborhood kids, children are shuttled from one scheduled activity to the next. When they are home, they spend too much time indoors."

The first book (in what has been planned as a series that is currently unfinished) serves as an introduction to the curriciulum. It is gives the rationale for the books, as well as advice, information, and the author's experiences with her children. It is a winner of a bronze medal in the 2011 Living Now Book Awards.

About the Author: When she’s not slogging through a swamp by day or out watching moths by night, Laurel Dodge spends her time homeschooling her two children, studying insects, writing, and drawing. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and anthropology and a master’s degree in environmental studies. As a naturalist/instructor, she developed and delivered wildlife education programs at the Darien Nature Center in Connecticut and the Prospect Park Wildlife Center in Brooklyn, New York. Specializing in creating opportunities for families to enjoy wildlife together, she led family nature study workshops for the Orange County Audubon Society in New York. Laurel is also a talented artist, specializing in natural history illustration.

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Nature Study for the Whole Family

Author: Dodge, Laurel M.

Subjects: Environmental Science; Nature Study; Homeschool Curriculum

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

ISBN: 978-088092810-6

Order code: 8106

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

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Winner of a bronze medal for the Living Now Book Awards

Finalist, Book of the Year Awards

This book introduces the idea that all families, wherever they live, can explore their neighborhood and find a "wild spot" to study and observe the changing seasons.

With wonderful illustrations and examples, Laurel Dodge writes with passion and sensitivity. She shows how to record and identify what you find, how to go at a pace appropriate for children to connect with what they see, how to stay safe, how to cooperate with others, and how to develop nature study as an enriching part of family life.

The author writes from a lifetime of experience, from exploring nature as a child to introducing nature study with her homeschooled children, and as an expert in environmental studies (see the top of the page for more information).

Laurel Dodge writes in the book: “The nature lore you discover with your children today may be passed down as a precious gift to your grandchildren in years to come…. The strongest influences on children’s lives are the actions and values of their families. A family that demonstrates its values by getting outside, getting moving, and getting engaged with nature teaches com­passion, conservation, and curiosity with every step. It is up to you to show your family what you value."

“Laurel Dodge loves nature as she does her children. What makes this book special is that the wonders of nature and the wonders of childhood are artfully intertwined. Laurel makes each experience in the wild a personal one, bringing readers along on the walk and making it all the more meaningful.”  – Lynn Hamlen, Executive Director, Darien Nature Center, CT

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Nature Study Introductory Pages sample pages:

Nature Study: Celebrating the Seasons sample pages:

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