This podcast episode explains Charlotte Mason's use of nature lore books and how they expand outdoor nature study work. Listen for lots of hints of our favorite such books.
"Our main dependence is on books as an adjunct to out-of-door work...In [these] books the children are put in the position of the original observer of biological and other phenomena. They learn what to observe, and make discoveries for themselves, original so far as they are concerned. They are put in the right attitude of mind for scientific observations and deductions, and their keen interest is awakened." (Vol. 3, p. 237
"The real use of naturalists' books is to give the child delightful glimpses into the world of wonders he lives in, reveal the sorts of things to be seen by curious eyes, and fill him with desire to make discoveries for himself." (Vol. 1, p. 64)
If you would like to study along with us, here are some passages from The Home Education Series and other Parent's Review articles that would be helpful for this episode's topic. You may also read the series online here, or get the free Kindle version from Fisher Academy.
The Charm of Nature Study, Parents' Review Article
Eyes and No Eyes Series, Arabella Buckley or online here.
Madam How and Lady Why, Charles Kingsley or online here.
Life and Her Children, Arabella Buckley
The Storybook of Science, Jean Henri Fabre or online here.
Winners in Life's Race, Arabella Buckley or online here.
We Were There with Charles Darwin on the H.M.S. Beagle, Philip Eisenberg
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
John Muir Books
Autumn Across America, Edwin Way Teale
Life of the Spider, Jean Henri Fabre
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Jacqueline Kelly
The Grasshopper Book, Wilfrid Bronson
Robert McClung Books
Olive Earle Books
Millicent Selsam Books
Charles Ripper Books
Alice Goudey Books
Girl of the Limberlost, Gene Stratton-Porter
The Keeper of the Bees, Gene Stratton-Porter
A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold
William Long Books
Treasury for Children, James Herriot
All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot
Rascal, Sterling North
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