"Let them once get in touch with nature, and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight through life." - Charlotte Mason
Homeschool moms, do you know about the Nature Pal Exchange? Children are natural explorers and this is a great program to get them (and your whole family) involved in purposefully getting out in NATURE and to begin to truly appreciate God's magnificent creation! Participate for only $5 which goes to a charitable cause. (This is NOT a sponsored post, FYI.) :) This season, we took the plunge and became little explorers. We weren't brave enough to hit the big woods yet and stayed close by local creeks and other small areas to find our treasures, but they were there!
How does it work?
- Join the next up and coming Nature Pal Exchange when open enrollment begins.
- The ladies behind the scenes will do their best to pair you up with another family not in your area of the country with children similar in ages to your own. Write down the mail by date!
-You receive an email with your Nature Pals' info. a couple weeks after signing up.
-GO EXPLORE! Spend the next month or so exploring your area!
-Organize and mail your treasures before the mail by date!
Tips for your Nature Pal Exchange
Mailing- We use an amazon box and wrap contents in tissue paper. Most people use the USPS for affordable mailing. *Remember, if you include heavy items, it will cost more. We mailed ours this fall for around $2.
What to Include- Of course, include amazing pieces of nature you find on your explorations. However, there is a State Regulations list you should refer to before mailing. Invasive species and introduced species can be harmful to our natural surroundings. This is tedious to read, but necessary to be responsible. Okay, back to your box! You can also include post cards, a list of your items with descriptions, leaf rubbings, and more! Look on instagram at #naturepalexchange to get ideas from amazingly creative mommas who have been exploring with their cubs for while.
Storing what you Receive- I buy the little plastic craft organizers at Michael's when on sale (they're 50% off right now). It's easy for kiddos to look constantly at the little amazing treasures their far away Nature Pals sent them (because they love them). hehe. So exciting!
Literature- The Nature Pal Exchange website give some great recommendations for nature type literature for your homeschool library. A couple of the books I have personally read and can recommend are "A Seed is Sleepy" and "Miss Maple's Seeds".
GEOGRAPHY!! (I like Geography.) - Integrate geography during this! Look up where your Nature Pals live and color it on a map or work a US puzzle and point out their state! So exciting! Pull their city up on google maps and look at photos.
Special insert coming for Georgia Homeschool Moms... Everyone else, scroll down!
For my fellow Georgia homeschool moms, you can snag my Georgia related resources below and study about our very diverse state! I loved teaching Georgia Habitats and didn't realize or appreciate the incredible animal and plant life we have in our own state until I began teaching about them! Did you know we have 6 habitats? Can you name them? (Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain, Okefenokee Swamp, Coast, Atlantic Ocean.)
The Georgia Habitat Learning Kit is for 2nd/3rd grade level students, but can be modified using the literature. If you live close to me, just see me and I'll be happy to lend you my Georgia literature collection! (Yes I have one for each habitat.) Or you can find each book on amazon for pennies!
Visit Georgia's State Tourism site for a wide variety of areas to explore!
I hope you'll take the time to sign up and join the next Nature Pal Exchange! Subscribe to their website to stay posted!
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