Homeschool Nature Study Course, Grades K-5
Year One Curriculum – “Habitats – The Diverse Needs of Animals”
(Offered Fall 2017- Spring 2018)
K - Grade 2 Animals and their Homes (meadow, woods and wetlands)
- An exploration of various animals, their homes and special needs for survival. Observation and exploration will take place in the Nature Center and out on the trails.
Grades 3-5 Healthy Habitats (meadow, woods and wetlands)
- An exploration and comparison of various animal and plant habitats and the inter-relationship of everything that makes up a living community. The role of producers, consumers and decomposers will be studied, along with the web of life.
Year Two Curriculum - “Water – Nourishing all of Life”
(Offered Fall 2018- Spring 2019)
K - Grade 2 The World of Water (marsh and lake shore)
- An exploration of various plants and animals that live in the marsh and along the lake shore. Observation and interaction will take place in the Nature Center and along the marsh and lake.
Grades 3-5 Marsh and Pond Life (fresh water marsh and lakes)
- An exploration and comparison of various animal and plant wetland habitats and the inter-relationship of everything that makes up a wetland community. Clean water, food chains and the web of life will be explored.
Year Three Curriculum - “Soil – Impacting Our Lives”
(Offered Fall 2019- Spring 2020)
K - Grade 2 Soil Sampler (What is dirt and what is it good for?)
- A hands on exploration of soil from the woods, meadow, marsh and lake and the critters that make it their home. Stories, the Nature Center, interactive activities and experiments for the young learner will be offered.
Grades 3-5 The Earth (rocks, minerals, sand and humus)
- An exploration and comparison of various types of soil and a close look at common and unique rocks and minerals. Students will also learn how important rocks and minerals are in our lives and ways they've been used throughout history.