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Camping and Entomology

What meets you at the intersection of a campsite and fun? Insects! This week’s homeschool classroom resources include information on camping and entomology.


1.1   Article: “Counting Our Blessings: 101 Reasons to be Thankful for Homeschooling”

It’s never the wrong time to be thankful. As parents and guardians who homeschool, we are indeed blessed to teach our children. This list of 100 homeschool blessings will inspire you to be grateful.


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1.2 Family Camping

Camping can be a fun family hobby and might even be considered a rite of passage. You can share the joy of the outdoors with your family. This guide for camping with kids might help you ward off complications on your next family camping trip.


In this blog post, you will find 101 ideas for camping with kids in categories such as kid-friendly recipes, camping activities, packing ideas, tips for camping with a baby, and camping hacks.


Four out of the fifteen campgrounds on this list of “15 Most Kid-Friendly Camping Grounds in The United States” are in Virginia: First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, Kiptopeke State Park in Cape Charles, Chippoke’s Plantation State Park in Surry, and Douthat State Park in Millboro. 


These educational videos on insects can help prepare your students for any vermin they may encounter on a camping trip.


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1.3   Camping and Insects for Your Younger Students

You can prepare your preschooler for a camping trip by practicing these preparedness skills with the games from this website.


Camping moves your family from your domain to the insect domain. You can use this Montessori-inspired unit study on insects to lessen any anxiety your preschoolers may have about insects.


Knowledge is power and you can give your youngest students powerful information about bugs and insects with these books.


They can gain knowledge about camping with these books.


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1.4   Fiction and Facts on Survival

You might prevent the summer slide with these books about survival techniques. This list includes fiction and non-fiction titles with a short review of each book. As with any resource, the books on this list are not necessarily endorsed by HEAV, and you should preview them to determine if they align with your family’s morals and values.


A fun thing to do while out in nature is to identify animal tracks. You can use the Animals Tracks Identification Chart from the Old Farmer’s Almanac.


Keep the learning and curiosity going this summer with science experiments on worms and bugs. You can do these experiments with your children in preparation for a camping trip.


What is an entomologist? Find out about what an entomologist does, career opportunities in entomology, education and training, certification, and salary information for entomologists at About Bioscience.


You can use these downloadable files to enhance your study of bugs. You will find a nature walk counting sheet, a backyard insect counting sheet, an insect scavenger hunt, an insect observation sheet, a worksheet to label the parts of an ant, a story writing prompt, a firefly poem and coloring page, as well as fact and coloring cards.


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1.5 Keeping Teens Engaged

When camping with teens, you can assign them the duties of setting up the tent, making camp, and building a great campfire. This resource may help them create the campfire.


Making sure the entire family enjoys a camping experience can be a daunting task. You might make camping with the family more enjoyable for your teens with these suggestions.


Another way to engage teens is to give them responsibility. You can have your teen learn and execute basic survival skills. This list of 17 basic survival skills everyone should know is an excellent starting point.


Your teen might be interested in the path to becoming an entomologist. This web page explains what an entomologist does, as well as the education requirements and certifications necessary for a career in entomology.


One does not need a degree to study insects. This website explains the differences between professional and amateur entomologists, the role of the amateur entomologist, entomological equipment, courses on entomology, and more.


One way to study insects is to start a collection. This website explains the ins and outs of collecting and displaying specimens of insects.


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