Bringing nature into your home schooling

What this newsletter is all about.

Welcome to Wild Home School.

Many of the UK’s fabulous wildlife and nature bodies have produced great educational resources during the first lockdown and the time since. I used them back during the spring, to help keep my children connected with nature. After all, the current crisis could be just a foreshadowing of the next big one: the climate crisis. And the more connected the next generation are to the natural world, the better.

If I’m doing the work to gather resources for my daughters from the different organisations, why not share the results of that work with others?

Hence, the Wild Home School newsletter you’re now reading. 

This was an idea I had during the first lockdown, but never had the time to implement. And during the second lockdown, schools stayed open, and so it wasn’t an issue.

But now, with most of the UK in Tier 4, and restrictions only likely to grow, many parents are back to home-schooling their offspring, including me. So, I’m kicking off the newsletter with the first school week of 2021, and seeing where it goes. My daughters’ school has made the decision to close for safety reasons, so I’m going to be doing the work anyway. 

Kick-off resources

Here’s a few things to get you started:

  • The RSPB is running its annual Big Garden Bird Watch at the end of January. You can sign up here and get your kit. And here’s a video that explains how you can get involved even if you don’t have a garden:

  • The Wildlife Trusts’ 12 days wild Christmas challenge is winding up — but the resources are still online. 

  • The Sussex Wildlife Trust still has its worksheets up from the first lockdown. This one on trees and pebbles is good value in these dark winter days. 

  • Do you know what ancient woodland is — and why it’s so important? The Woodland Trust has you covered

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In the meantime, tell your friends!