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9 Homeschool Products We Added to Our Curriculum in 2013

Of all the #homeschool products and curricula I tried in 2013, these are my top picks of the year. @tmichellecannon
Homeschool is ever-changing. I started out with this curriculum in February, but have tried and added quite a few homeschool products along the way. 

It happens. We try. We renew. We change.


In 2013, I tried quite a few homeschool products and curricula. Here are my favorites.

Summer Nature Unit Studies


Today is Day 5 of my 5-day series on Summertime Nature Studies. This series is a part of the iHomeschool Network Summer Hopscotch 2013.

As summer quickly approaches, it's a good idea to start planning our summer nature studies. The possibilities are endless, but sometimes it's difficult to decide what to do first or next, isn't it?

On Monday, I listed some ideas for summer nature studies. Today, we're going to talk about nature unit studies.

8 Steps to a Successful Nature Walk

8 Steps to a Successful Nature Walk

Today is Day 4 of my 5-day series on Summertime Nature Studies.  

I want to talk about nature walks today.

Like a scavenger hunt, a nature walk can be as big or small a deal as you make it. You can drive to a forest for your nature walk or you can have one in your back yard.

You can bring your nature backpacks filled with "tools of the trade" and have a full-on nature study. Or you can simply go for a walk, listening and observing. 

Nature Study Scavenger Hunt Ideas


Today is Day 3 of my 5-day series on Summertime Nature Studies. This series is a part of the iHomeschool Network Summer Hopscotch 2013

Summer offers a perfect opportunity for Nature Scavenger Hunts. The weather is warm and there are plenty of daylight hours to make a great game of hunting items. Your scavenger hunt can be planned for only your children, the neighborhood kids or your homeschool group. 

You can make a nature scavenger hunt as elaborate or simple as you'd like but the process is the same either way.

Preparing a Summer Vacation Nature Study


Today is Day 2 of my 5-day series on Summertime Nature Studies. This series is a part of the iHomeschool Network Summer Hopscotch 2013.

We've discussed some summertime nature study ideas, but what if the family is going on summer vacation? I say that's an excellent time for a nature study. It's an opportunity to learn about a different environment and what grows or lives in it. It just takes a little preparation. 

Ideas for Summer Nature Studies


Today is Day 1 of my 5-day series on Summertime Nature Studies. This series is a part of the iHomeschool Network Summer Hopscotch 2013.

Summer is a great time for nature studies. The weather is warm and the days longer, giving us more time to enjoy the great outdoors. But what types of things can we study during the summer? The answer: Pretty much anything.

Look around your backyard. What do you see? Trees in full bloom? Flowers you've planted? Maybe pets or wildlife! The list of things you can study is unlimited.

Summertime Nature Studies

summer time nature studies

Many homeschools are wrapping up their year and looking forward to summertime. Some of us homeschool year-round.

Whether you're taking a mini-break, a full summer break, or you're pushing forward in your year-round homeschool, summer is a great time for nature studies. 

Summer allows us to study insects, creatures and plants available that aren't available in other seasons. Of course, this is true of all seasons, but tossing nature study aside during our summer break may cause us to miss a good number of special experiences.

A Charlotte Mason Style Nature-Based Unit Study


I am very excited today. I've been talking with Cindy, at Shining Dawn Books, about her nature-based unit studies. She has shown great generosity in giving me a number of e-books so that I can review them for you in the future. In the meantime, I want to introduce you to the e-books, tell you a bit about what I'll be doing and share a giveaway with you!

Hiking Beresford Trail {Florida}

We love using weekends for outdoor activities like hiking and geocaching. That's exactly what we did Saturday. It's been a long while because our van died in September. This was a much needed break from the "stir crazy" feeling we've all been having lately. I'm sharing a few photos from our day.

Making friends on the playground

Studying a tree (and now I can't recall the name of it!)
...but it looks like this in December
Raccoon or Opossum track? I can't tell.
Christmas Wreath Lichen
Moss. It occurs to me this is not something we've learned to identify yet
Leaf of the Sand Live Oak. Turned upside down, it resembles an
elongated bowl.

I wonder what lives in there. Rabbits? Snakes? 
Bracket fungi...Another thing we've never studied.
We found the geocache!

White-tailed Deer track
What kinds of things does your family enjoy doing on the weekends?
Happy Homeschooling!

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