Assignment 5: Review – Pocketful of Pinecones

Did you get the opportunity to read  pages 17-18 from Pocketful of Pinecones?

In our reading, Carol is out shopping and goes into the book store looking for field guides.  The clerk recommends “The Handbook of Nature Study” by Anna Botsford Comstock.  Wow!  Have you seen the book?  Do you have a copy?  I do, and it is a little intimidating. I am glad that our character, Carol, bought the book.  because it was recommended on Ambleside Rotation – Handbook of Nature Study.  So, I also bought it on a recommendation.

When I first received it, I read the introduction, and was really motivated.  However, that was it.  I put it down and kept thinking I would get to it eventually.  Then, I went to the 2015 CMI Conference and there was a chat (a discussion) on “Using Comstock Handbook”.  Yeah, I thought.  Now, I am going to learn how to use this book.

The first thing I noticed in the class was – it was FULL.  Obviously, I was not the only one intimidated by it 🙂  The discussion leader gave some very simple instructions on best practice for using the book.

  1. Read the Introduction in the Handbook for Nature Study on your own.
  2. Remember this is a resource and not a text book.  So, do not read the lessons out loud to your children (obviously, you can if you want ,she was just giving advice.)
  3. Select a lesson.  Read the lesson on your own prior to your nature study time with your kids.
  4. Gather your students for nature time (preferably outside). Present them with a quick lesson (brief overview) of what you read.
  5. Begin your nature walk.  If they happen to stumble across something that brings the object lesson up in the conversation – great.  If not, follow their lead. Don’t force the topic.  Let them be children and ramble and discover.

Did you love the quote “Wear the old quote, buy the new book.”?


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