This addition to the Gentle + Classical Nature program takes the beautiful concepts you love and reworks them so that form meets function! This Student Notebook has been designed to take all of the content and explorations that you experience through Gentle + Classical Nature and give you an actionable and concrete way to express all that's being learned without being dry, boring worksheets.
NOTE: If you are purchasing the Gentle + Classical Nature Volume 1 Digital Bundle, this item (digital) is already included!
This Student Notebook covers all 18 units of Gentle + Classical Nature Volume 1 and so much more. (Click Scope and Sequence below for unit topics.)
This Student Notebook is unique in that it is a hybrid notebook/textbook/journal for your students.
Each unit your student will be presented with the same opportunities:
Nature Nuggets- These are excerpts from beautifully written pre-1920s living nature books that help the unit topic come alive. For Level 1 students (ages K4-1st grade), these should be read aloud by mom.
Creature/Creation Corner- This unique page each unit gives your student an opportunity to apply what they've learned via the Nature Nuggets, Memory Statements, or via the book selections for the unit. In Level 1, these are predominantly oral exercises that foster living discussions about the topics. In some units, your student will be prompted to color, circle, or write (briefly) to complete the exercises.
Poetry Recitation and Copywork- Each unit, your student will work on a poem recitation, with the same poem focus for 3 units (or 6 weeks). This page provides the poem along with tracking checkboxes to encourage daily practice. Below that, there is a copywork area with a large, dashed font that should be suitable for most K4-1st grade students. If you aren't requiring your student to write, you may skip this portion. (Make it work for you!)
Narration- This page is created for your Level 1 student to draw their observations from their studies or explorations for the week. This is completely open-ended. There is a small area below the drawing area for their thoughts (either in their own writing or in yours).
Additional Activity- Each unit features a varied additional activity on this page. Life cycles or other additional information or interactive activities bring further connections to your unit's studies.
Attainments- Each unit features a tree, flower, or bird of focus. The species or group chosen are broadly available across North America (and you can always substitute). This portion focuses on detailing a species or group with bright images. The adjoining page offers additional information, Nature Nuggets, or more activities and topics like leaf shapes, composite flowers, seed types, and more.
Other pages included throughout are:
- Project overview and tracking sheets for the three terms projects outlined in the Teacher's Guide.
- French/Spanish Review (oral)
- Attainment Review (oral)
Who's it for? (Choosing Level 1 or Level 2)
The Level 1 Student Notebook is designed for children K4-1st Grade. I have created a brief download with chart and page comparisons to help you understand the differences between Level 1 and Level 2. both in Student Notebooks and in the context of the books and Memory Statements outlined in the Teacher's Guide.
Scope and Sequence
Teacher's Guide and Book List
You may download the complete Teacher's Guide 100% free from my shop at this link.
Click here to download a Book List. The book list is included in the Teacher's Guide but is separately available for convenience.
You may click HERE to download a sample of the Level 1 Student Notebook.
Page Count and Physical Delivery Specifications
This Student Notebook has 185 pages total.
If you select the Physical Delivery Option, you will receive this product printed and wire, double-o bound with a clear cover for protection. The pages are printed in full color on 100lb cover weight paper for durability.
Level 1 Student Notebook (Gentle + Classical Nature)
All I can say is that every single one of the products I’ve purchased from Gentle + Classical Press have been absolutely outstanding in terms of quality and intentionality and the Level 1 Nature Student Notebook (and Teacher’s Guide) are no different! In addition to being so beautiful that you can’t wait to dive in, they’re also user-friendly, engaging, and such a great resource that has been a blessing to our family. We also utilize Gentle + Classical Preschool and this curriculum is the feast that keeps on giving! We are so thankful to have found these options and to have become members of the Gentle + Classical family.
We have been using this nature notebook for several weeks now and love it! It’s been easy and gentle to add in to schooling with older kids. Plus the illustrations are gorgeous and we are learning so much! Can’t wait for the rest of the year and I plan to use it again with my younger children when they are older!
Level 1 Student Notebook (Gentle + Classical Nature)
We were looking for a more structured nature study this year because I am homeschooling 3 kiddos ages 4, 6, & 7. My 6 year old is gifted in some areas while my 7 year old has significant cognitive and speech delays. So I have a wide range of abilities to cater to, but I really wanted to make Nature study a subject we did as a whole family. I have been able to easily adapt the workbook to work for all of us! We use a memory board for our poem and recitation each week, and I’ve been chunking each unit into two weeks as recommended. We are still keeping nature journals as well, but the structure of the workbook helps my special need son especially who struggles with the free-form nature of nature journaling. And my other two nature enthusiasts just love all the pictures, engaging passages, and activities. We are enjoying reading lots of extra books to expand our knowledge as well! Great curriculum!