Curious what others are saying about our mini-courses?
A few comments from our customers
“I wanted to write to say how much my twin 5-year-olds and I are thoroughly enjoying your unit studies. With the storytelling, hands-on, and whole-body activities, the information is well understood and really sticks, not to mention enjoyed. The format is so easy to use that I, as their parent and teacher am able to really enjoy it with them instead of stressing over set-up and wrapping my head around what is required for a successful lesson. We also adore the colorful and beautiful art.” -T. P.
“Do you or your children ever wonder about the differences between moths and butterflies? Are you looking for a thoughtful, accessible and informative approach to teaching your children about living things? If so, you’ll be glad to discover Be Naturally Curious’ ‘A Butterfly’s Evening Adventure’. More interactive than most science texts for young children, this mini-course (that’s what each topic is called) incorporates gentle, well-written storytelling, accurate and beautifully drawn illustrations and fun activities to reinforce concepts.
My two daughters (4 and 6) and I used this book last summer as a way to incorporate science into the summer. I didn’t want to send them to a lot of summer camps and this seemed like something I could do with them at home. They loved it! The story of Morty and Bella fully engaged them, and the activities were so fun that reinforcing concepts occurred naturally. There was just the right amount of information and activities to keep them involved for an entire week (we did one activity per day despite pleas for more). They love doing crafts so they had a lot of fun making their own butterflies. How do I know the class was a success? Even after the end of the week, our girls continued to play the movement-based activity, turning it into a game of moth and butterfly superpowers! Then, for weeks afterwards, they would try to identify moths or butterflies and, at unexpected moments, shout out ‘flash coloration!’ or ‘warning coloration!’ when they saw a moth or butterfly use its ‘superpower’.
I love it because the information is accurate and approachable, the story is gentle with an emphasis on friendship, the illustrations are gorgeous and the activities to reinforce concepts are substantial, varied and fun. I was initially anxious about my role of ‘teaching’. But I soon discovered I had nothing to worry about. The workbook guides you through an organic progression of introducing concepts all the way up through exploring the environment around us, armed with newfound knowledge. I think the most remarkable thing is there’s nothing lightweight about this mini-course, yet it’s totally age-appropriate. You get the sense the author truly respects the wonder of childhood. Summer is approaching again and I can’t wait to get my hands on all the other mini-courses!” -M.W.
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