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Living Science Courses

Enjoyable living science courses for grades 1–6!

Our living science courses make it simple to follow Charlotte Mason’s methods for science and nature study. These plans are written with multiple children in mind across several grades so you can combine your younger children for science. Each course follows a classic living science book and gives you guided lessons to build on the story with hands-on activities and additional readings. Suggested schedules are included with most courses for a whole school year of living science.

Outdoor Secrets (Grades 1–2)

Discover the secrets that may be hiding in your own backyard with this delightful collection of nature stories. Add the lessons from The Outdoor Secrets Companion for nature study ideas, simple projects, beautiful nature poetry, gentle lesson plans, and additional non-twaddle book suggestions.

Pond and Stream (Grades 1–3)

Help your child explore the fascinating world of nature that lives around ponds, streams, and lakes with Arthur Ransome’s wonderful living science book, Pond and Stream (available free online). The companion volume is filled with corresponding nature study ideas, simple projects, additional book suggestions from your library, and more.

Learning about Birds with Thornton Burgess (Grades 1–6)

Spark a lifelong appreciation for nature and good books through two Thornton Burgess classics—The Burgess Bird Book for Children and Blacky the Crow (both available free online). The companion guide gives you a leisurely reading schedule, nature study ideas, cross references, and more!

Jack’s Insects (Grades 4–6)

Learn fascinating facts about insects with this classic living science book used in Charlotte Mason’s schools. The comprehensive Narration & Nature Study Notebook gives you leading narration questions, pre-screened websites and book suggestions, plus lots of nature study ideas that correspond with the chapters in Jack’s Insects.

We recommend that each student following these courses also keep a nature journal.

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