Remarkable Rain is one of several nature-based unit
studies produced by Shining Dawn Books in a downloadable e-book
format. Authors Cindy West and Melissa Leach are homeschool moms
who have truly done a fantastic job putting together this resource
inspired by Charlotte Mason nature study.
Remarkable Rain is so full of ideas, resources, and
interesting information that it's difficult to describe it in brief.
The topics encompass the water cycle, types of rain, the beauty
and effects of rain, watersheds, floods and droughts, and much
more. Geared toward the grammar school child, the e-book provides
plenty of inspiration and background information so you can confidently
direct your child in this worthwhile study. The nature walks and
outside activities are the focus of the unit study, and there are
many ideas for outdoor activities and assignments. There are ideas
for experiments, art and crafts, recipes, projects, writing and
research, Bible lessons, poetry, literature, picture study, and
composer and music references. There are tips on how to include
very young children as well as ideas on teaching older kids, guidance
on how to use the study for co-ops, colorful pages to print for
notebooking and observation, and much more.
What I love most about this study is how adaptable it is and how
much information is in it. It's so much more than a resource and
jumping off point. It's full of fascinating facts about rain and
its effects, and I plan to utilize it much more during our dreary
and wet Sacramento winters! We'll be discussing the importance
of rain, using our local library for the literature resources,
observing and sketching clouds, looking for rainbows to watercolor,
finding puddles to outline in chalk and note the evaporation rate,
observing puddle water under our microscope, making a rain gauge,
researching the topic of our atmosphere, discussing the wise and
foolish house builders (Matthew 7:24-26), and of course, printing
off and using many of the great notebooking pages for simple observation
during nature walks. I think I'm actually looking forward to rainy
season for once!
Like all of Shining Dawn's NaturExplorer unit studies, Remarkable
Rain is beautifully done and well thought out. It would
be a great addition to any homeschool nature study.