Handbook of Nature Study

Do you have this great resource? The Handbook of Nature Study is a large, comprehensive, helpful guide to nature by Anna Botsford Comstock, written in 1911. This book has been reprinted and is used by many home educators, especially those incorporating Charlotte Mason methods, which includes nature study as a major component of the home “curriculum.”

If you don’t have this book yet, and don’t want to buy one (yet,) you can download a free ebook version from Homeschool Freebie of the Day (today’s the last day,) or if you miss that, download for free from from archive.org.

Having second thoughts? Don’t want to read on screen or print out that big book? Order here:

93846: Handbook of Nature Study Handbook of Nature StudyBy Anna Botsford Comstock / Cornell University Press

Witness the wonders of God’s creation with naturalist Comstock as your guide! From dandelions, toads, and fireflies, to robins, rocks, and weather, she takes you on a lively trek through the natural world, vividly describing the habits, habitats, and physical structures of common living and nonliving things. Includes study questions and black-and-white photographs. 887 pages, softcover from Cornell University.

If you’d like some help in application, check out The Outdoor Hour Challenge, a blog of one ” family’s online nature journal using Anna Comstock’s book Handbook of Nature Study as our textbook and the great outdoors as our classroom.”

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