Do you have a child who loves animals but isn’t a big fan of math? I do.
From an early age, it was pretty apparent that child number six didn’t love math as much as the rest of us do. That’s what inspired me to create this Woodland Animals Counting Book. You’ll find out how to get it down at the bottom of this post.
As a homeschooling family living off the grid in Canada’s far north, we see evidence of forest animals every day. And living in the midst of a boreal forest we’re surrounded by trees, taiga, and an environment that encourages outdoor learning and adventure.
We do try to get outdoors most days for exercise, nature studies and to complete the activities in our Think Outside Boxes, but that isn’t always possible. Yet I do love the idea of forest schooling and learning wilderness living skills.
Why a Woodland Animals Counting Book?
To keep our kids interested in subjects they don’t necessarily love, I find that it helps to tie the lesson into a topic that they DO love.
At the same time, it’s my belief that quality worksheets and books play also play an important role in our homeschool day. So I supplement my favorite open-and-go homeschool curriculum (we’ve been using it for eight years) with unit studies that I create for my two youngest children.
In this case, I capitalized on my kids’ interest in forest animals with a unit study on woodland animals. And I realized that a Woodland Animals Counting Book aimed at the preschool and kindergarten crowd would be a great way to keep little ones busy while older children work away.
Free Two-Week Woodland Unit Study
You’ll find a full free two-week woodland unit study over at An Off Grid Life. This unit study is free for all readers, all the time! Bookmark the page and work through the activities each day.
In addition to crafts, videos, and fascinating websites about woodland animals, I created two separate printable resources. There’s the Woodland Learning Fun eBook, plus the Woodland Animals Counting Book that’s free through February 29, 2021.
Here’s What’s in the Woodland Animals Counting Book
This book covers number recognition, counting skills, as well as literacy and printing skills. Although I created it with the preschool crowd in mind, my seven-year-old has also been having fun with it. So it’s easy to adapt for older children as well.
Inside you’ll find the following:
- Counting pages covering 1 through 20 with printing practice
- Ten-Square pages for numbers 1-20, with a place for coloring or stickers
- Counting Activity for numbers 1-10, to encourage counting skills
- Ten printing practice pages for numbers 1-10.
Sarita Harbour is a busy mom/step-mom, and grandmother blessed with seven kids ranging from age 32 down to seven. She lives off the grid with her family in a lakefront chalet in the beautiful wilderness of Canada’s far north. She spends her days teaching, writing, and learning the ropes of homesteading off the grid. Visit her site, Off Grid Life, for free printables and resources on homesteading, homeschooling, and self-reliance for the whole family.