Week at a Glance:
- Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Pond Life A Golden Guide
- Using Field Guides to Connect Kids to Nature
- Using Field Guides to Help Children Learn about Nature
- Real Kids using Field Guides
Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Pond Life A Golden Guide
Why we love this book:
Last week, I introduced how our family uses field guides to learn and connect to the natural world around us. We have checked out and studied many different field guides. While there are bigger, more extensive field guides, when it comes to field guides for kids, Golden Guide Field Guides are by far the best we’ve found. The guides are small allowing them to be truly portable when hiking and exploring. And yet they are packed with information. Not a lot of fluff and distracting text and graphics. Rather simple straight forward facts. Tipping my hat to the season when pond life truly becomes fresh and abundant, I selected the Pond Life Golden Guide as our Book for Kids GIVEAWAY. Pond Life begins with an introduction to ponds and includes a good variety of plants, animals and insects. It’s the perfect initiation into the use of Field Guides.
This Week in The Backyard . . .
Field Guides in the Real World
World Record Grub!
Funny, this past week was a busy one for our field guides. First, Aunt Jennifer sent a photo of this totally enormous grub and asked MacGyver if he wanted her to save it for him. The photo does not do this giant, gnarly guy justice. Okay, he might not hold a world record but he is about 4 inches long and 1 inch thick. Ugh! MacGyver thinks he is totally cool and is pointing out that the grub breathes out of those holes along his sides. He did a bit of research in his insect field guide and found out that this grub feeds on rotting wood or rich soil.
Heck Yeah, I Want That Grub!
The minute he saw the giant grub, MacGyver speculated that the grub will morph into a Hercules beetle or a rhinoceros beetle. He’s housed and observed a number of Hercules beetles in his backyard science center; however, this will be the first time he “raised” one from the grub stage. And Miss Enigma is right there with him every step of the way. She proudly shows off their giant grub to squeamish family and friends.
Sunday, we went to visit Grandma and the kids were excited to find that her yard was full of baby frogs. They spent the afternoon hunting froglets . . . which actually turned out to be baby toadlets. Yes, frogs and toads are different and the kids know how to spot the characteristics. The kiddos begged Grandma and she let them cart home three baby toads. One named Wart, one named Froggy because he jumps like a frog and one still nameless. The kids made them a little toad habitat in their backyard science center and they even hunted tiny worms to feed them. And yep, the toadlets ate the worms. Not something on my bucket list . . . feed baby toads worms by hand!
A few years ago, we made the collection of little critters official. The kids constantly collect creatures so we worked together as a family and created a backyard science area where they can make observations and then release back into the “wild.” Summer break is the perfect time to send the kids outside to a little science area.
Is it Important to Raise a Wild Child?
So what do you think? Is it important to raise a Wild Child? Last week, I shared some of the statistics highlighted in How to Raise A Wild Child by Scott D. Sampson, the science advisor and host of the PBS show Dinosaur Train. In his book, Sampson makes a case for raising a Wild Child as “abundant time in nature seems to yield long-term benefits in kids’ cognitive, emotional, and social development.”
We are not off the grid kind of nature people; however, our children do spend a great deal of time playing outdoors and exploring nature. Being a raised as a Wild Child, who spent day after day outside engaged in unsupervised play, I have biased feelings about less screen time and more play time.
What are your thoughts about raising a Wild Child?
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Pond Life a Golden Guide
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Is it important to raise a Wild Child? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
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