Category Archives: Nature Study

Flower Identification Terms

The pages below come from Wild flowers of New York, Volume 72, Issue 2, Homer Doliver House, The University of the state of New York, 1920. I found them very useful. Knowing these terms may seem intimidating at first, but it’s what you need to learn to move beyond the colour based method of flower […]

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Audio Post: Nature Study, The Ideal

In 1905 Reverend Thornley presented the following paper to a P.N.E.U. Conference- well, he presented a longer version- this audio file is just part 1. In this section on the ‘ideal’ he is not presenting idealistuc but impractical ideas for nature study. Rather, he is explaining the ideology behind nature study- why it’s important, what […]

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Nature Study: Enthusiasm Required

  Didactic method- lecture method, where information is imparted by the teacher. “…the teacher need be no specialist nor qualified expert ; all that is required of him is that he shall have broken away from the old didactic methods of imparting information, and have the enthusiasm which arises from a love of nature… Nature-study […]

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Nature Study in the Home, text version

Parent’s Review, volume 19, no. 10, October, 1908 NATURE STUDY IN THE HOME (Lecture delivered to the Bolton Branch of the P.N.E.U. by the Rev. A. Thornsley, M.A., F.L.S. Nature Study the Children’s Study. (Audio version is here) Nature study is par excellence the children’s study. Miss Mason, the founder of the Parents‘ National Educational […]

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Audio: Nature Study in the Home, a 1908 Parent’s Review Article

I’m reading aloud from a paper the Rev. Thornley presented at a branch meeting of a Parents’ National Education Union meeting in 1908. (text version is here) Apologies in advance for a few things- floundering, mispronunciations, some uneven audio levels. But it’s such a helpful article, IMO, that I didn’t want to put this off until  perfected my […]

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