Young children will enjoy the beautiful illustrations and poetry in this book as well as practicing their penmanship (printing) by tracing dotted letters. We share 58 delightful poems about God’s creation and our relationship with Him as His children. These include 41 original poems by author Joymarie Dunlap on topics that include flowers, sunshine, rainbows, swinging, bubbles, the seashore, snow, birds, singing, family, kindness, and sharing.
We have also included 17 poems by other authors on the subject of prayer and thankfulness. Two of those poems are by well known authors Louisa May Alcott and Fanny Crosby, written at age 8. This book also includes 15 Bible verses, and 44 delightful, wholesome, old-fashioned paintings of children and their natural surroundings by famous artists, along with illustrations of things kids love, such as birds, butterflies, animals, fruit, flowers, and toys.
This book strengthens children’s spiritual values in a gentle, natural, enjoyable way. And while the trace manuscript penmanship in this book is designed for kids in kindergarten to 3rd grade (pre-cursive), kids as young as 3 and 4 years old will enjoy the poetry and pictures, as will some nature-loving kids ages 9, 10, and 11 as well. (Whether or not you use the penmanship in this book, your children will really enjoy the pictures and poetry.)
69 usable pages.
The professional handwriting font set used in our penmanship books is used by public schools across the U.S. This book is reproducible for all students living in the same home as the book’s purchaser.
Illustrated with beautiful full-color graphics, photos, and paintings by famous artists, this Art & Nature Science Unit on Organic Gardening, which was the premier issue of Artistic Nature Magazine, includes the following features:
Water, soil, bees and pollination, orcharding, successful vegetable gardening, 4 basic plant needs, kitchen composting, little kids’ worm compost project, At-a-Glance Gardening, warm and cold weather crops, chill hours for fruit trees, soil pH, sunlight requirements, beneficial insects, bats and toads, weed math
Our Family and Home School
Gardening, orcharding, plant experimentation, and old-fashioned values
Poems (with originals by Joy Marie Dunlap)
Sunflower, Planting Little Trees, What Plant Part I’m Eating, Foods under the Ground, God Made Good Soils
Biography of artist Vincent van Gogh, with 3 of his paintings:
Blossoming fruit tree
Blossoms against the sky, with instructions so children can paint the same scene themselves
Gardeners and small child learning to walk in the garden
Planting, ladybugs, bats, toad, pea plants, skunk, bees and blossoms, plus a coloring page to go with the color cover of this unit study.
Activities To Do
Gardening, composting, tree planting, caring for fruit trees, introducing beneficial insects and creatures to your garden
Reciting Psalm 1 with hand motions, verses from Genesis and Psalms, creation vs. evolution: how can plants know how to grow?
Story from History
Saint Patrick, missionary to Ireland
Fun Puzzles and Activity Pages
Fruit word search, vegetable word search, crossword puzzle, mazes, color-by-number, “what’s different?”
This Art & Nature Science Unit includes enough material for a gardening unit study. (You are always free to add in books, videos, and other materials from the library or any other activity you choose!) One of the advantages of using this book is that you can print out any page the day it is used, and when your child is through with that page, it can be put into a notebook that becomes a record of what that child has learned and done. Your children can then decorate the pages and add pages from other sources you or they choose as the unit progresses.
So download this book and get started on your Art & Nature Science Unit on Organic Gardening today!
Illustrated with beautiful full-color graphics, photos, and paintings by famous artists, this Art & Nature Science Unit on Nesting Birds, which was the second issue of Artistic Nature Magazine, includes the following features:
Bird nests around the world, robin nest (cup), emperor penguin nest (feet), oriole nest (pouch), swallow nest (mud), hummingbird nest (world’s smallest), pileated woodpecker nest (tree cavity), wood duck nest, Eastern bluebird in crisis, bluebird nesting boxes, meadowlark nest (ground), gila woodpecker nest (cactus), burrowing owl nest (underground)
Science Journal Page
Nest types journal page to use again and again
Biography of American artist John James Audubon, with 2 of his paintings:
Activities To Do
Gathering nesting materials for birds, attracting birds with water, decorated nest cupcakes, what to do when a bird is hurt, have a Mother’s Day tea
Parable of the Mustard Seed
Decorating an egg or spatter-painting a natural-looking egg, how to paint a meadowlark, glue a bird on a nest and decorate with feathers and nesting materials, pictures to use for Mother’s Day cards, decorating the table for Mother’s Day.
“To the First Robin” by Louisa May Alcott, “Robin’s Secret,” plus 3 original poems by Joymarie Dunlap:
“God Taught the Birds”
“The Meadowlark’s Song”
“Waking Up to Bird Sounds”
Jonathan’s swallow nest story, Joymarie’s childhood – watching an egg hatch, “Kara’s Breakfast in Bed for Mama” by Joymarie and Jennaya Dunlap
Our Family and Home School
Bird watching, watching nesting swallows, watching a baby chick hatch, our son Justin’s meadowlark painting, Jennaya gets close to baby kingbirds, meadowlarks die off in the meadow by our house, Jennaya’s beautiful Mother’s Day tea
Coloring Pages (with art instructions and teaching)
Robin’s nest and apple blossoms, oriole pouch nest, barn swallow mud nest, tiny hummingbird nest, woodpecker tree-cavity nest, painted bunting nest (with high-school level coloring instructions for watercolor pencils), crossbill nest, wood duck nest, bluebird box and babies, saguaro cactus nest, vase of roses (Mother’s Day)
Fun Puzzle and Activity Pages
Nesting materials word search, hen house maze, nest mazes, egg picture to decorate, nesting birds crossword, dot-to-dot, “what’s different” in 2 nest pictures
EXTRA! Includes a special 10-page Mother’s Day section, with colorful pictures and sentiments to use in making Mom a card, instructions for having a Mother’s Day tea, a heartwarming and humorous story, and an article on how to love Mom in practical ways all year.
You can add in books, videos, other library materials or any other activity you choose to make this a unit study of your very own!
So download this book and get started on your Art & Nature Science Unit on Nesting Birds today!
On Valentine’s Day, emphasize Christian love and unity in your family while making beautiful cards together.
This beautiful craft book gives you ideas, instructions, and techniques for creating beautiful Valentine cards (with an emphasis on Christian love in the family, not on romance). The examples in full color are actual cards made by the Dunlap children at ages 5 to 15. However, this book can be used by kids younger than 5 (with stickers) and by older teens and adults (using the techniques shown, in finer detail). In this book we also give you heart, flower, and butterfly pictures in color to glue on your cards, Bible verses on love from 1 John that can be printed, cut out and glued onto your cards, plus, as a bonus, how to make cookie Valentines, how to arrange a dozen roses, and how to encourage your kids to keep on going in creative ways.
Did you know that Valentine, the Christian martyr we celebrate, died because he upheld traditional marriage at a time when the king had outlawed marriage and was encouraging immorality? Read the story, so relevant to our current times, in this book.
Inspire your kids today to be creative and practice giving by making some of these cards for others.
This book is reproducible for all students living in the same home as the book’s owner.
Take a trip north to the frozen land of the Arctic Circle with this fascinating Art & Nature-Science Unit.
It contains 100 pages full of colorful pictures and information. Discover a place you probably know very little about!
In this nature unit, we explain the fascinating world of the Arctic Circle, across the globe from our last nature unit on Antarctica. This time, in addition to a different set of whales and seals, we cover moose, caribou (reindeer), muskoxen, Dall sheep, Arctic foxes, hares, wolves, ground squirrels, ermines, lemmings, lynxes, wolverines, and more.
Starting with this nature unit, we have added a lot more photographs and many more links to videos, so your kids can, under your supervision, watch these animals in motion. We are very careful in our choice of videos to avoid anything that might be offensive to Christian families, such as swearing, harsh music, mating, blood and gore, or anything that would upset children or their parents, and no cartoons. We choose only videos that are pure, innocent, uplifting and inspiring, so that you and your family can look forward to enjoying the over 100 videos linked in this issue.
In this issue we include videos with
beautiful views of the aurora borealis (northern lights)
real reindeer pulling tourists in sleighs
footage about the children of reindeer herders
instructions and demonstrations of igloo-making
mother and baby animals
baby animals playing in the wild
even a real moose trying to play soccer with its antlers!
This issue also includes animal tracks:
tracks labeled with the animal that makes each one
individual tracks on different animal pages
a space for your kids to draw the tracks
tracks for them to label, and
several coloring pages with hidden tracks to find
Our coloring pages in this issue include
an aurora borealis picture for your kids to color in any color they choose
a polar bear family swimming
a muskox family huddling together in a blizzard
a dogsledding scene
a family for loons with the chicks on the mother’s back
a pod of white beluga whales and many others
23 coloring pages in all, enough to give you 2 months of art more than twice a week.
So get ready to be inspired! Download this book and get started on your Art & Nature-Science Unit on Life in the Arctic Circle today!
This was originally published as issue #11 of the popular Artistic Nature Magazine, now out of print. The editor, Joymarie Dunlap, was the leading writer for The Teaching Home magazine for 10 years. She homeschooled her 5 kids from preschool to high school graduation. After The Teaching Home stopped publishing in 2001, she founded LightHome Publications and has created over 70 books for homeschoolers.
Take a trip south to the frozen land of Antarctica with this fascinating Art & Nature-Science Unit, which contains over 90 pages full of colorful pictures and information. Discover a whole continent you probably know very little about: Antarctica.
Here’s what you can do with this nature unit, either for your pleasure or for your homeschool art and science program:
See photos of Antarctica’s incredible scenery
Learn about its history from the whaling industry to today’s scientific research stations and booming tourist business
Enjoy and discuss paintings of Antarctic sunsets
Learn about the world’s lowest recorded temperature, temperatures at the South Pole, and ice 15,000 feet thick
Learn what continents and nations are closest to the South Pole
Look at photos taken at the South Pole, including the official sign post, and scientists at play
Learn about ozone depletion and how it affects the South Pole
Follow links to videos for a tour of Antarctica and to experience nature there
Discover the creatures that live in Antarctica, including penguins, seals, and whales
Get to know about and recognize the 5 main Antarctic penguins, with photos, facts, coloring pages and videos
See where different penguin species live on a habitat map of Antarctica
Search for the world’s 17 different types of penguins in a fun wordsearch
Find a form to fill out to help kids write their own penguin “U-reports”
Match real snowflake photos - beware, they are deceptively alike, yet not identical
Color some gorgeous snowflake designs - and glitter them to make snowflake ornaments
Penguin mazes, bookmark, and a word puzzles activity page
Learn about whales that literally sing and dance in the wild, in their watery home - and see videos of whales singing
Discover the world’s largest and second largest animals - whales that feed in Antarctica
Learn about Orca communication and social lives
Read the story of 2 special Orca encounters by the author, with photos and video
Follow our family on assignment to photograph Arctic and Antarctic wildlife at Sea World in San Diego
Learn about an Antarctic porpoise and an Antarctic dolphin, and color them
Discover the world of the albatross, with the largest wingspan of any bird, and color it in breathtaking scenery
Find the names of 29 different Antarctic birds
Discover 6 different Antarctic seals through photos, stories, and facts, then color them and solve seal mazes
Antarctic mammal word search with names of Antarctic seals and whales, plus words to unscramble
Use our penguin and seal cutouts for your notebook or reports - or use them as cookie cutters!
So get ready to be inspired! Download this book and get started on your Art & Nature-Science Unit on Antarctic Wildlife today!
Originally published as issue #10 of the popular Artistic Nature Magazine, now out of print. The editor wrote for The Teaching Home *magazine for 8 years.