Term 1: Inland Waterways and Forests
Term 2: Coastal Forests + Oceans (Currently Unavailable)
Term 2: Down on the Farm and Around the World (Currently Unavailable)
All 3 Terms, in One Volume (Currently Unavailable)
Here is a side-by-side comparison of the content for each term:
Term 1: Inland Waterways + Forests (NOW Available!)
forest animals (temperate)
Term 2: Coastal Forests + Oceans (fall 2019!)
large ocean predators
Term 3: Down on the Farm and Around the World (Winter 2019)
seasons on the farm
our home geography
Frequently Asked Questions (You can also find a detailed FAQ by Clicking HERE)
When will Terms 2 and 3 of Nature be ready for release?
Gentle + Classical Nature: Terms 2 and 3 are planned to be released in 2020. Since I’m a homeschool mama and wife before curriculum author, I’ve learned to not give release dates until I’ve complete the vast majority of work so that I can keep my priorities straight. I do frequently update on social media and share sneak peaks of anything I’m working on, make sure to subscribe and follow on Instagram for updates!
What do I do if I’ve finished Term 1 and Term 2 isn’t ready yet?
I encourage you to work to pace yourself at 2 weeks per unit. The program is full enough to absolutely fill two weeks of explorations and experiences. After that, if the next term isn’t ready, I highly recommend Exploring Nature with Children from Raising Little Shoots or the unit studies from Firefly Nature School. I hate to send you elsewhere, but I know that long-term it’s best that I not rush through creating these programs.
Is this a stand-alone program or can it be used (or should it be used) with any additional programs?
This program is a thorough and complete science and nature study program, perfectly fitted for ages 4 up to 2nd grade. The 3 levels of included memory statements and 2 levels of literature suggestions makes it an excellent fit for preschool through approximately age 8. An expansion pack that is forthcoming (April 2019) will add additional literature, copywork, projects, poetry, and more for children through 6th grade so that your whole family, middle school and below, can utilize this program together!
This program has been created to complement Gentle + Classical Preschool Level 2, but both are completely stand alone programs. Taken as a whole, they create a complete Pre-K through 2nd Grade education (just add your own phonics and math programs based upon your child’s readiness).
Does it matter which term I use first (once they are all available)?
No, it does not. Each term houses a selection of 12 different “unit studies,” knit together by the “Formidable List of Attainments” set forth by Charlotte Mason. While the program was written to be used sequentially, especially in relationship to the attainments, the order is actually rather unimportant.
Do I need to wait until all 3 terms are ready to be able to use it?
No. I fully believe that the first 12 units of Gentle + Classical Nature: Term 1 are SO robust and thorough that each unit can easily fill 2 weeks of science and nature study coursework in your home. I’ve included sample schedules that outline a 3-day, 5-day, and 2-week schedule of use inside the program. While Gentle + Classical Nature and Gentle + Classical Preschool Level 2 COMPLIMENT each other, they need not be started at exactly the same time or “aligned.” They complement one another but are wholly independent.
Is this curriculum from a specific worldview?
Yes! This curriculum is unabashedly Christian. I come from a non-denominational, protestant background and thusly the program does as well. To learn more about my faith, visit my About Me page.
How do I know when my child is ready to use it?
As Mamas, a whole lot of life is a guessing game.... more than we would like to admit! My best advice here is that as soon as your child has the ability to repeat short statements after you and follow guided instruction, then he is ready for this program (age 4 for most children). In the program itself, I give specific instructions and advice on choosing the right level for your child and guiding them through the PROCESS of attaining the skills set forth. This process will be different for EACH child and the program is designed to accommodate that.