I am finding that we learn better if we skip around in books. We have the Apologia books, but they are very in-depth for my children's ages. They do like them. So I may pull it out one week and the next week may be living books/picture books and then we may go on many nature walks and capture some insects for observation and look up insects in our field guide. We also have Outdoor Secrets and Companion to use one week here and there. I wonder if these Queen guides can also be done in this manner...skipping around books each week like this. Can we do the Queen guide one week and then come back to it for another week after a month later? Nature Sings is the one for younger children, right?
Has Anyone used Queen's Discovering Nature Series?(18 posts) (11 voices)
These books are very flexible. I think because Sandi Queen needs her things to work for various ages it shows in the lesson plans. you may have to tweak how you get your first grader to do the activities in Parables. The 4th grader may need to be asked for a few sentences when asked for a "report on ____ on this page" but all other types of activities would be fine for them. It looks to me like Aunt Bessie might be easier to adjust for those ages but it's tatally up to you in how you get them to add their works into the pages right? honestly, I wouldn't hesitate to ask my 4th garader to do All Nature Sings if I wanted them to do the same book, but I would find getting the younger guys to do Parables a bit more challenging thinking ahead on my part. that is just my own red flag in knowing myself chiming in. YOU may be a flexible tweak master , wink. i feel kinda nervous offering all this advice on books we have yet to do ourselves. Bear that in mind. We have the books and LOVE the content and lesson styles. I hope that is helpful. Do let us know what worked out for you in the end!
I started using Mary's Meadow this year with our 7th grader for nature study. We do a couple of pages out of it one day a week but still have other items for Science. I like it. It is slow paced and requires research from the internet, field guides or books. The other two books in the series seem that they would be a little young for a 7th grader but you could always tweak it for your needs.
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