Category Archives: Nature Study

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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Why play outside?

IN an article written for House and Home, edited by Lymon Abbot, Kate Douglas Wiggins wrote: “Nature’s playthings are the best for the soul. The child learns to see by wholes,  feels a dawning sense of his relationships, a premonition of the divine scheme of education, when his preludes to the printed book are the […]

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Milkweed Pod sketching

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