At-Home Summer Nature Camp eCurriculum” is a one-of-a-kind resource.
The At-Home Summer Nature Camp eCurriculum offers 8-weeks of backyard summer fun! Pictured: A DIY Telescope from Imagine Childhood, Make a Shadow Sundial from Mama Scout, Make a Native Bee Condo from A Natural Nester and A Trip to the U-Pick with Slow Family Online. Learn more: http://ow.ly/k7w8b.
For parents looking to avoid pricey camps and connect with their kids this summer, the new At-Home Summer Nature Camp eCurriculum is the answer. Designed to connect kids with the natural world in a fun and engaging way, this DIY camp guide, from blogger and writer Elizabeth Sniegocki of A Natural Nester, offers activities, crafts, recipes, and ideas, all organized around eight weekly themes. The eCurriulum (available for download on May 20th), is a full-color, reader-friendly PDF document that can be read on a computer or tablet, or printed out. Pre-orders can be placed now for $39.99 at www.NaturalNester.com.
“For years, I’ve been doing ‘camp mom’ with my two daughters, organizing our projects, outings, and media choices around different themes for each week they are out of school,” says Sniegocki. “My camp mom is the inspiration for the nature camp eCurriculum. It offers all kinds of activities and ideas in an easy-to-follow guide, so parents can focus on making memories with their kids in their own backyard.”
For the At-Home Summer Nature Camp eCurriculum, Sniegocki has brought together a significant group of “camp counselors” – a collection of creative bloggers and writers – to guide campers through the fun and educational lessons, activities, outdoor projects, recipes, crafts, field trip ideas, and book and media suggestions that accompany each of the eight weekly themes. Geared toward children ages 5-11 (but adaptable for all ages), the camp’s nature-based themes are: An Edible Garden; Sun Fun; Ponds & Frogs; The Night Sky; At the Beach; Rain, Rain; and A Spot in the Shade.
“The themes and material are designed to connect kids with the natural world through play, and discovery, and good, old-fashioned fun,” says Sniegocki. “For example, campers will learn about planetary proportions while snacking on ‘honey popcorn planets’ during The Night Sky week. They’ll experience growing their own food by planting a ‘pizza garden’ during An Edible Garden week. And they’ll explore weather and rainfall by building a ‘DIY rain gauge’ during Rain, Rain week.”
In addition to the submissions from outside camp counselors, Sniegocki herself contributes to the At-Home Summer Nature Camp eCurriculum with a brief introduction and lesson for each weekly theme, at least one of each week’s nature-fun ideas, and tutorials for two ‘all-summer-long’ projects: Keep a Nature Journal and Create a Curio Cabinet. The eCurriculum also includes an introduction on the importance of getting children in nature, written by Susan Sachs Lipman, social media director for the Children & Nature Network (www.childrenandnature.org), and author of the book Fed Up With Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World and the blog Slow Family Online (www.slowfamilyonline.com).
“The eCurriculum format is really ideal. Participants receive the entire eight-week guide at once, so the themes can be implemented in any order, from nearly any location,” says Sniegocki. “This way, the program can be customized to fit any family’s summer schedule. The camp could also be followed together by a group of friends or neighbors!”
Pre-orders are now being accepted for the At-Home Summer Nature Camp eCurriculum, which will be available for download on May 20th. For more information or to place an order, visit www.NaturalNester.com.
Meet the At-Home Summer Nature Camp Counselors:
- Sarah of Imagine Childhood (www.imaginechildhood.com)
- Kara of Simple Kids (www.simplekids.net)
- Suz of Slow Family Online (www.slowfamilyonline.com)
- Valarie of Jump Into a Book (www.jumpintoabook.com)
- Heather of Shivaya Naturals (www.shivayanaturals.com)
- Leah of Skill It (www.skillitri.com)
- Ashley of Small Measure (www.smallmeasure.com)
- Amy of Mama Scout (www.mamascouts.blogspot.com)
- Debi of Go Explore Nature (www.goexplorenature.com)
- Linda of Natural Suburbia (www.naturalsuburbia.com)
- Cerys of Nature and Play (www.natureandplay.com) and Rainy Day Mum (www.rainydaymum.co.uk)
- Shawn of Awesomely Awake (www.awesomelyawake.com)
- Kat of Creative Playhouse (www.creativeplayhouse.mumsinjersey.co.uk/)
- Gina of Connecting Family & Seoul (www.connectingfamilyandseoul.com)
- Erin of Exhale. Return to Center (www.eringoodman.com/blog)
- Elizabeth of A Natural Nester (www.naturalnester.com)
Elizabeth Sniegocki is a writer, naturalist, suburban homesteader, and mother in Sarasota, FL. She writes on seasonal and sustainable living, wholesome cooking, community building, conscious parenting, and more for various print and online publications, and on her blog: A Natural Nester. Elizabeth also offers a seasonal nature journaling eCourse, A Sense of Place, to help others connect to nature and self. Learn more about her work atwww.NaturalNester.com, and connect with Elizabeth on Facebook at www.facebook.com/anaturalnester and Twitter @anaturalnester.