The topic of earthworms has been quite a challenge for us this week. They are snug little mini beasties hiding deep in the soil under a couple of feet of snow! However, we have managed to dig a few out to be able to study them in real life 🙂 We have done some earthworm craft, some earthworm maths, some earthworm science, and lastly we did our nature journal and read the suggested story, poem, and chatted about the piece of art.
After a lot of removing snow, and digging around in a flower bed, I managed to come across the helpful little earthworms that would assist us in our studying! After examining them, we attempted to sketch the earthworms into our nature journals. We labelled their basic structure, and then we researched some fun facts about them. I think our little lady was most taken by the fun fact that in amongst the colours earthworms could be, bright blue was an option! We wrote about what they liked and didn’t like to eat. Finally we finished our earthworm journal with how they help things grow and enrich the soil with more nutrients.
I love this part of the week where we snuggle up for afternoon stories. Extra ones added into the day on top of bedtime stories 🙂 One of this week’s suggested reads was “The Diary of a Worm” by Doreen Cronin. This is a very cute tale, but has facts weaved through it about the life of an earthworm. We added on one from our own bookcase, the very popular “Superworm” by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The poem we read was “The Worm” by Ralph Bergengren.
My three have enjoyed getting hands on with the earthworms in this topic. They have learnt a lot about why we need earthworms. Learning along the way that earthworms are very important to the environment.
The Nature Curriculum we use is, “Exploring Nature with Children. A complete, year-long curriculum”. It is a beautifully written framework, written by Raising Little Shoots, and can be found over at https://raisinglittleshoots.com/ It suggests a topic for the week, and then provides some background information and suggestions for nature journaling and outdoor exploring. It also provides a comprehensive suggested reading list (fiction and non-fiction) for each week, plus a poem and a piece of art to study. There are extensions activity ideas too. We use the topic as the theme for our week, and follow the ideas for our journaling, and one fiction book. What we have been doing from the curriculum can be found on our curriculum overview post. The craft, science, maths, and English ideas we have researched ourselves to fit in with the theme 🙂 This makes a learning a lot more nature based.