CityLIFE is on a mission to inspire a love and appreciation of nature to kids that don’t have ready access to it. That didn’t stop my kids who regularly hike in our woods and gather nature finds to display on our nature table from loving and learning from this new subscription service.
[Disclaimer: This post is sponsored. I was compensated for my time; all opinions are my own.]
CityLIFE Nature: Educational Hands-on Learning
Charlotte Mason urged mothers to encourage outdoor exploration, for children to spend time daily among natural objects and “infuse in them the love of investigation”. This is a need whether we live in a rural or urban setting. Perhaps the love of nature should be even more nurtured in those children that live in cities without ready access to nature.
In his environmental education treatise, Richard Louv, author of The Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, writes that “time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health”.
But what if we don’t have the ability to get our children out into the woods?
Instead of feeling like we are failing our children, we can take advantage of a great resource that delivers natural materials to them.
Think about the possibilities!
- If your family lives in another country.
- Or you have a too many little people to navigate hiking and observation with them all.
- Maybe you live in the city and can only access nature in your city parks.
While cityLIFE nature kits are geared toward children living in urban areas, they will benefit any child…as evidenced by my suburban kids who loved getting outside and learning about bugs and birds.
A Grasshopper Symphony
For our exploration, we used the August kit all about Nature Sounds. My son ripped open the box and grabbed the bug net; he was out the door, collecting specimens while the girls and I continued unpacking our goodies. A collection of insect playing cards and poetry cards, an urban birds packet from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and supplies to create our own instruments to understand sound along with a notebook’s worth of information was included for our enjoyment.
What I appreciate so much about these kits is the in-depth information that comes along with each kit. The Nature Sounds kit included 52 pages of information, activities and enrichment ideas to use through the month.
Our favorite segment of study focused on crickets and grasshoppers and the science of sound. We listened to the tympanic music they make with their front legs. We enjoyed symphonies inspired by crickets. Then we built our own music makers. We went on hikes to observe and also studied how counting a cricket’s chirps can give a pretty accurate record of the temperature.
Inter-disciplinary study, also known as unit study, is a powerful way to learn and these kits combine different subjects to study nature. In this month long unit we touched on language arts in the form of nature journaling, insect life cycles, vocabulary, music, poetry, bird study and we even built a natural wind chime. All the items we used were included!
Nature Inspired and All In One
I love all in one, complete for you subscription boxes. As homeschool moms, we are masters of preparation but, let’s face it, sometimes we just need a little boost, a little helper. When you receive your first box from CityLife Nature, you will open up and discover your “basic” tools that will carry you through the rest of your exploration along with your monthly resources.
- a binder to file all the in-depth reference information each month
- a field journal
- colored pencils
- magnifying lens
- natural materials to begin exploring
Try out CityLife Nature kits with an offer just for you! You will receive 20% off your order when you use FALL20 at checkout!
CityLIFE creates themed monthly nature kits. Our kits provide urban families the opportunity to enjoy and learn about nature and related subjects while inside. Our kits also encourage families, through provided activities, to go out and explore nature in their own city life. ~Deanna Fahey