Virtual Learning Series, Part 4

Looking for some ideas to delight, educate and inspire you and your family at home? The Maymont Environmental Education Team has some great suggestions.

Take a look at this week’s recommendations from Environmental Educator, Courtney.

Book Suggestion: Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris 

About the book: In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary widely used in schools around the world was published, around forty common words concerning nature had been dropped. They were no longer being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary. The list of these “lost words” included acorn, adder, bluebell, dandelion, fern, heron, kingfisher, newt, otter, and willow. Among the words taking their place were attachment, blog, broadband, bullet-point, cut-and-paste, and voice-mail. The news of these substitutions may be seen as a powerful sign of the growing gulf between childhood and the natural world. 

Album/YouTube Video Suggestion: Here Comes Science by They Might Be Giants 

This is an adorable album full of catchy science-based songs by one of the silliest bands around, They Might Be Giants. Some of my favorites are Roy G. BivI am a Paleontologist, and “Meet the Elements”. Enjoy! 

Craft Suggestion: Nature Bugs

Try building a bug out of natural materials! Think about its adaptations, what it might eat, and what habitat it might need to survive. If you have some brads lying around, next scroll down and try out the Roly Poly craft. Super easy and cute! Share your finished product on social media using #Maymont. 

Favorite Animal Fact: 

Did you know that bats poop GLITTER? Okay, not glitter, but it is shiny! Bat poop, also called guano, is oftentimes full of insect exoskeletons which give it a lovely shimmer. It also makes pretty good fertilizer and can tell scientists about the climate of our past! Read more here. 

Movie Suggestion: Coraline (2009

This fantasy story is about a young girl who finds a secret door in her new home to a life that is just like hers but much, much better. She soon finds that things aren’t always as they seem on the surface. I love this movie because it shows that being brave is about being scared but doing the right thing anyway, an important reminder in these times of uncertainty. Warning, this one gets a little bit creepy at times! Rated PG. Also, a great book! 


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