Home School Educators
Our home school program provides children ages 6 through 12 a gateway to learning about nature and the world around them through fun and interactive lessons and activities. Each lesson has seasonal nature themes at the core that extend smoothly into a variety of subject areas such as literature, math, history and the fine arts.
Lessons include vocabulary words with associated worksheets and coloring pages. You will also find journal activities that may require students to watch videos, research or make observations. Each of these activities have suggested extended active activities such as creating their own video, writing poetry or mapping. Each program comes with hands-on activities that engage your students in activities such as science experiments, model making, puzzles and mud hut building. Lessons and activities are created to provide just enough information to spark an interest in each child and then encourages them to follow whatever direction their interest takes.
cityLIFE nature kits is place-based so children can relate to the natural lesson easier. However, from the basic place-based lesson, activities extend to include cultures around the world, allowing children to make connections between themselves and children in the rest of the world.
You do not need to worry about taking trips to large natural areas to use our kits. cityLIFE nature kits take advantage of whatever nature you have avialable to you right outside your door.
For example in the kit on migration you may learn:
That dragonflies migrate The longest migrating insect is actually not the Monarch Butterfly but the globe skimmer dragonflies that migrate from Southern India to the Maldives, to the Seychelles to Mozambique and then back to Southern India! With the provided dragonfly guide and your journal, investigate the dragonflies in your area to determine if they migrate. If so, you can join the Dragonfly Migration Citizen Science Program to help scientists keep track! On the provided global map, trace the migration route of the globe skimmer dragonflies.
That in Japan dragonflies are revered insects In Japanese mythology the divine emperor, the first in Japan, was sitting on a very high mountain looking down on the islands below him. The islands reminded him of a dragonfly and so he name those islands, Akitsushima, or the Island of the Dragonfly. Emperor Jomei wrote a poem describing how those islands made him feel as he looked upon them. Think of your own favorite spot, imagine you are looking down upon it and create your own poem that reflects how it makes you feel.
Your kits include:
* An educators manual with all lessons, activities for one child
* Student journal
* All hands-on material you may need for the lesson
* Playing cards associated with the lesson
* Poetry cards associate with the lesson
* A treasure bag to hold your treasures
* Natural materials gathered from the forest, field and ocean
That there is a famous Japanese folk song about dragonflies called "Aka Tombo," which means "Red Dragonfly". Click here to hear it.
That rice is a staple crop in Japan Rice requires quite a bit of water to grow and so provides a wonderful habitat for dragonflies! Many dragonflies are found flying around the rice crops and community members that work the rice fields, associate dragonflies with their memories of the rice paddy and their connection to the land. Create your own rice garden using the rice, tray and natural materials found in your kit.