The average child asks approximately 300 questions a day. Our little ones asked questions about the natural world around them like these:
“Where is that airplane going?”
“What holds up the sky?”
“Why is the rain wet?”
“Do animals and birds sleep?”
The constant bombardment of questions and chatter can be exhausting and exasperating for parents, but when we put ourselves in our children’s shoes, we realize they’re trying to make sense of what can be a very confusing world.
Fortunately, nature has a fantastic way of answering questions that perplexes us.
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When our children were born (after a wild journey to being a mother), I couldn’t wait to introduce each one to God’s creation and the fabulous world that surrounds us, even as imperfect as it is today.
Thankfully there are amazing resources to stimulate that brain-building curiosity. Your children will have fun outdoors in nature, become more observant and make many fascinating discoveries. They will increase their scientific knowledge and vocabulary, hone their artistic and practical skills and begin what will hopefully be a lifelong journey to learn more about the the gift of our world.
These nature and science books are perfect for read-aloud, working into reading and homeschooling. It is impossible to give accurate age categories, so please check out the age level in the reviews.
Science and Nature Books, K-Gr. 2
Fireflies In the Night by Judy Hawes (Stage 1)
Starfish (Let’s Read and Find Out) by Edith Thacker Hurd
Gravity Is a Mystery by Franklyn Branley
Weight and Weightlessness (Let’s Read and Find Out Science Books) by
Journey of a Humpback Whale (Level 2) by
‘One Day in the’… Nature series (up to Gr. 4/5)
One Day in the Alpine Tundra by Jean Craighead George
True Animal Stories (ages 5 – 99)
The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar by Martin Windrow
Fly Away Home (book) by
Weather Words and What They Mean by Gail Gibbons
Bugs Bugs Bugs! (Nature Level 2) by
The Secret Life of Trees (Level 2) by
Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats by Ann Earle (Level 2)
One Day in the Woods by Jean Craighead George
The Moon Seems To Change by Dr. Franklyn M. Branley
Science & Nature Books About Our Interesting World!
Robots (Nat’l Geographic Kids) by
Amazing Animal Journeys (Nat’l Geographic Kids) by
Sharks (Nat’l Geographic Kids) by
Deadliest Animals (Nat’l Geographic Kids) by
Linnea’s Almanac by Christina Bjork
Skyscrapers (Level 3) (Nat’l Geographic Kids) by
Weather (Nat’l Geographic Kids) by
Volcanoes! (Nat’l Geographic Kids) by
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Feed That Brilliantly Curious Mind & Encourage Curiosity
So, if all those questions are making you batty… handle that natural curiosity by reading about nature and early concepts of science.
Studies show that when children encounter a gap in knowledge, asking questions gives them the information they need at the exact right time for them to process it. As exasperating as 105,120 questions a year can be, they play a crucial role in encouraging understanding and concepts.
We only have one chance of a few years to give our curious little ones the foundation they need to be brilliant!
Parents, use it wisely!
“Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.” ~Proverbs 9:9
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” ~Psalm 32:8
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