Thursday, April 17, 2008

Christian Liberty Nature Readers

I purchased this series of books back in the summer after I heard it recommended again and again on the message board I frequent. They were then put on a shelf not to see the light of day...until just a few weeks ago.

I have mentioned before that I want to learn more about Charlotte Mason's theories on education, and in fact I have spent much time over at the Ambleside website reading summaries of her philosophies. The first thing that interested me in a CM style education is her emphasis on children learning from God's creation - a child's own natural surroundings. There is so much more to her ideas but that was the initial draw. At the Ambleside site you can read her writings in their original form, in modern English or condensed. Take a look if you are interested.

Okay, that was a digression. The main thing I wanted to share in that nature vein is that Thatcher and I have really enjoyed reading Book 1 of our Christian Liberty Nature Reader. We are half-way through and we've learned a ton already. Information is shared about Gods creatures: insects and animals in an informative but easy to understand way for young readers. We've already learned about bees, ants, mosquitoes (ick!) and several other critters. Thatch looks forward to reading and learning more each day!

Also, if you are interested in incorporating more natural studies into your homeschool endeavors, take a look at Barb's Green Hour Challenge at her blog, The Heart of Harmony. We've not officially started working through her weekly assignments but we plan to start later this summer or in the early fall. They are wonderful though and I am so thankful for homeschool moms like her who are so very willing to share their expertise!

5 comments:

Cheri said...

I found your blog via a google search about running (couch to 5k I think is what started the search) anyway-I've been lurking a bit and thought I'd say Hi.

We have book 1 and 2 of this series and my boys have read them this year as part of our curriculum-they really are great!

Kysha said...

We love those nature readers also. They have so much information.

Sheryl said...

Thanks for the book series heads up. I am compiling my list of books to read along with our nature studies next year. These seem great and I think Princess Poodle could read them independently too (the first few at least). I had not heard of these before.I will be adding them to our list. SHeryl in GA

LisaWA said...

ahhh love them, and still have them! Christian used them... then RyLee....

We actually have been reading them again. They are a great resource and read... I dont care how old you are!

Cant wait to check in on your green hour challenges...

Glad to see you back here too! Great post mam!

Lisa~

Stacy said...

How ironic! I just pulled out our Book 5 Nature reader (which has a lot to do with the human body)today. We're going to ditch our ABeka for the remainder of the school year in favor of a human body unit and our Nature Reader will be one key element in the unit. I wish we had used these earlier. All the best!
Stacy :-)