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Treehouse Nature Study: Summer

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Recommended for: Early Years (PreK-K)Primary Years (K-3rd)

A Charlotte Mason and Waldorf-Inspired Seasonal Nature Study for the Whole Family 

Treehouse Nature Study is a seasonal nature study curriculum designed with family-style learning in mind. It is a gentle guide meant to invite various ages to connect with each other and the world around them through living books, nature notebooking, hands-on projects, and beauty subjects such as poetry, picture study, and folk songs. 

From preschool through upper middle school, it appeals to every age and is easily used with multiple ages at the same time. 

It would be a great fit for your preschool or kindergartener’s core curriculum or your whole family’s home education Morning Time and Nature Study. It also provides supplemental work for your children’s language arts through poetry memorization, recitation, copywork, and notebooking. 

    Get the full year-long curriculum in Treehouse Nature Study: Four Seasons Collection 

            Summer Nature Study Themes

            Each week of this 13-week guide is focused on a seasonal nature theme.

            The Summer themes are:

            • Soil and Composting
            • The Sun
            • Summer Solstice
            • Bodies of Water
            • Marine Mammals
            • Sharks and Fish
            • Mollusks and Crustaceans
            • Seashells
            • Summer Flowers
            • Storms
            • Beetles
            • Reptiles
            • Landforms
            Teacher's Guide

            The Treehouse Nature Study Teacher's Guide is an overview with everything you need to guide your children through each day's nature study lesson. Each week of this 13-week study includes a weekly grid with daily lesson instructions making it easy to follow along. Each week has a themed folk song, hand rhyme, poem, and picture study. The daily lesson plans walk you through engaging with these beauty subjects in a new way each day. They also include links to Spotify and YouTube where you can listen to the folk songs together and learn the movements of the week's hand rhyme.

            In addition to the beauty subjects, the teacher's guide includes step-by-step instructions for each week's Nature Connection Activities including recipes, experiments, and handcrafts. There are detailed material lists for each week making it easy to quickly prep for the week's activities.

            At the core of Treehouse Nature Study is a focus on living books. Each week in the Teacher's Guide includes fiction, non-fiction, and reference books that correlate to the week's theme. The guide highlights relevant reference pages from The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock and the books in The Julia Rothman Collection. Your digital purchase of Treehouse Nature Study includes a Master Book List with over 150 books organized by theme.

            Student Sheets

            What sets Treehouse Nature Study apart from other studies are the beautiful, vintage illustrations and true-to-life diagrams. The student sheets include folk song lyrics, hand rhyme lyric and motion sheets, poetry and poetry copywork, and classic art picture study sheets. These full-color, high-resolution display sheets feature vintage botanical and nature illustrations including nature anatomy and life cycle posters. In addition, the student sheets offer hands-on activities like 3-part cards, scavenger hunts, investigation worksheets, and more.

            Reference Materials

            It is our desire to make Treehouse Nature Study as "open and go" as possible. In addition to the Master Book List, your digital purchase also includes mini-biographies of each artist and poet organized by week. The introduction of the Teacher's Guide includes detailed instructions on how to tailor the study to different age groups so you can easily use it with the whole family. In addition, the introduction includes a Picture Study Guide and Nature Study Notebooking Guide to teach you how to guide your children through these activities that may be new to your family.

            Digital Download Details

            This file is a digital download and will be sent to the email address you use to checkout. The curriculum is a compressed .zip file that contains folders for each season with the Teacher Guide, Student Sheets organized by week, and Reference Materials. For best quality print results, we recommend you print using Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free application.

            Hard Copy Details

            This hard copy curriculum will be professionally printed on a commercial-grade printing press on sturdy 70 lb. weight matte paper. The hard copy includes:

            • 1 Teacher Guide, spiral-bound with a glossy cardstock cover.
            • 1 Set of Student Sheets, printed single-sided on heavy-weight paper. I recommend you purchase additional Student Sheets for each additional student in your family.

            This will guarantee your artwork and display pieces are of the highest quality and can be used for many years. All hard copies will ship in 3-5 business days. You will also receive your digital files right away.

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              • Family Style Learning

              • Beauty and Goodness

              • Living Books

              • Hands-On Learning

              From preschool through upper middle school, it appeals to every age and is easily used with multiple ages at the same time.

              Introduce children to the beauty around them and incorporate beauty subjects such as poetry, art study and music.

              Enjoy an extensive booklist of picture books, non-fiction titles, and relevant reference selections from the most popular books for nature study in home education.

              Instead of simply studying nature, immerse your children in it with activities like foraging for mushrooms, nature walks, animal track identification, notebooking and more.

              “Early in our home education I went on a search for a gentle guide to take our family on an educational journey through the seasons. I wanted something that was simple and beautiful and that introduced my children to art, poetry, living books, and nature in an organic way. I couldn't find what I had dreamed up in my head, so instead I developed it. My hope is that Treehouse Nature Study is a tool to truly awaken delight and wonder in your home education.”


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              We absolutely love Treehouse Nature Study. Everything has been planned out for you to easily pull out and use each day. There is a rhythm to each day and flow throughout the week. Our young preschool aged children especially love the hand rhymes, listening to the music, and learning hands on with some of the suggested activities.


              The hand rhymes & vintage photo studies are a family favorite each week. So excited to continue to use these studies each year & dig deeper, definitely worth the purchase!


              Our lessons are the best part of our day and it's added so much fun to our weekly routine. My kids love the poems and folk songs, I love artist/art study, the illustrations are gorgeous that my children are so drawn to learn more about each subject. I highly recommend this material to anyone who is looking for a beautiful curriculum to add some luster to your homeschool routine!


              Thank you so much Lyndsey for bringing some much needed beauty, peace, and togetherness to our homeschool! This curriculum will serve us for years to come and brings just the right amount of beauty to our day.


              Absolutely love this curriculum. Having home educated for almost 10 years I've been through my fair share of curriculum. This, hands down, is my favourite. It's simple, inspiring and beautiful.


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              Customer Reviews

              Based on 7 reviews
              Claudia Champagne
              Just what we needed

              I was looking for a nature study curriculum that would explore more of the creative side to learning and fell in love with Treehouse Nature study. I am looking forward to watching the love of reading and nature exploration spark in my itty bitty children. I also love that I can use this for both my older daughter and my toddler. All around a great curriculum!

              Jamie Beauchamp

              It has been so wonderful for our first year of homeschooling

              Dekota Parker

              Can't wait to start the Summer Nature Study. Its beautiful layed out and looks easy to implement. Has lots of options for books to use. The craft activities look great and accessible to all ages. My daughter is going have great fun learn all about the different topics.

              Audrey Kratovil

              We’re one week in and loving the summer nature study! The topics are highly engaging and I love that it pulls from Charlotte Mason. There are many hands on activities. Everything is beautiful and well designed. Thank you!


              We love the content and beautiful images.