As many of know I am a homeschooling Mom of 3 and one of the toughest subjects I find to teach with the age difference of my 3 kids, ages 8, 9 and 14 is Science. I know you may be saying “But most kids love Science” and I would agree, but with Science and almost any other subject the way it is presented is key. A lot of Science textbooks are very literature based with tons of reading and nothing makes the kids lose interest faster. One of the main advantages of homeschooling is being able to get out of the classroom and take field trips, nature hikes and get some good ‘ol hands on learning which is the kind they will remember most.
We like to break several of our subjects up into unit studies so we go through each unit over the course of a few weeks, it gives us time to dive in and learn, but not spend so much time on the topic that the kids get bored. These new Pocket Naturalist Guides from Jeff Corwin give you exactly what you need. They are printed in vibrant, beautiful colors to really draw the kids in and they are printed on an easy to clean form of plastic so we can take them with us and if they get dirty I just wipe them off.
As you can tell from the pictures of above, these guides are quite compact and unfold to reveal some amazing facts and pictures. Pocket Guides are currently available for Snakes, Primates, Wild Dogs, Wild Cats, Bears and Sharks. Let’s say you are interested in learning about Snakes. The Snakes Pocket Guide starts with defining what a snake is, the evolution of the snake, it tells us why we need snakes and shows the parts of a snake. Next we dive a little deeper into snake senses and anatomy, behaviors of snakes, the relationship of humans and snakes and how to react if you encounter one. The Guide finishes up with various snake species from all over the world and then covers the threats for snakes and conversation efforts for them.
If you are a homeschooling Mom like me, a teacher or just interested in learning about these amazing animals then you have got to check these out. Jeff Corwin’s Explorer Series Pocket Naturalist Guides are published by Waterford Press and are available from Amazon & Barnes & Noble or search for a retailer nearest you here.