Resources for Primary Language Lessons

General Resources:
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock
Handbook of Nature Study, free download.

Animal Encyclopedia

Farm to Table and Tool Resources:
Bread Comes to Life: A Garden of Wheat and a Loaf to Eat by George Levenson
Pumpkin Circle by George Levenson – go to farm school and learn to manage a farm.

These next three are from the UK, but are pretty good.

My best advice for learning about tools of trade is to visit a local museum. If a museum is not locally available, searching an online site is always good. Anytime I am looking for museum artifacts, I always go with the Smithsonian site. This one might be particularly helpful.


Life Cycle/insects, birds, frogs, etc.
Spiders by Gail Gibbons
The Magic School Bus Spins A Web: A Book About Spiders by Joanna Cole

Fun Spider activities

Life Cycle of a Silk worm

There are a number of life cycle videos on youtube. I would recommend the ones by (please remember to preview these before allowing your kids to watch them).


Rosie’sWalk by Pat Hutchins