Thursday, October 8, 2009

Great Nature Study Tool, Coupon Code, and Free Sample!

As a 2nd year member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I have been given the wonderful opportunity to review many homeschool products over the next several months. The only compensation that I receive for my review is the free product. I feel truly blessed to be participating in this review group and I'm looking forward to trying out more products and giving you my honest opinion.

I'm not exactly sure when it happened, but I'm quite certain that the transformation has taken place. I think it happened somewhere between the monthly nature study group meetings, going on wildflower walks, and receiving nature study magazines in our's official: we are no longer "nature study wannabes". We are real, honest to goodness, lovers of nature.

I was really excited when I heard that we would be receiving two issues of Nature Friend magazine to review. Since I had never seen the magazine, I had no idea what to expect. Boy, was I in for a treat.

The first issue arrived and totally blew me away. The photography in this magazine is nothing short of amazing. The articles are so informative and many of them are written in a story-like format that makes them enjoyable for even the youngest members of our crew. Each magazine features fun activities such as projects to try, picture hunts, crossword puzzles, and a step-by-step picture to draw.

As I was reading the magazine myself, I kept pulling the kids over to look at the pictures or to read a caption to them. I even made my husband listen to me read an article about photographing owls that I found particularly interesting from the August Study Guide insert. I loved reading about the weaverbirds in the September issue and seeing pictures of their amazingly woven nests.

Nature Friend was first published in 1983. Their website states that the magazine "was born out of Mr. Brubaker's desire to encourage children to believe in God as their Creator and to seek out, recognize, and appreciate His handiwork." Nature Friend isn't preachy, but clearly teaches from the Truth.

Another neat feature of Nature Friend, is that for an additional $2 per edition you will receive the optional Study Guide inserted right in the middle of your magazine. The Study Guide includes several word puzzles, review questions, and research topics to enrich the lessons that have already been learned in the magazine - perfect for the homeschool family! Each Study Guide also features a lesson in writing and an article on photographing a specific area of nature.

A 1-year subscription to Nature Friend is $36 and you'll receive 12 issues - which I love...What is it with all the quarterly magazines these days? You can add the Study Guide to your subscription for $24. Plus, for a limited time you can receive $3 off a new subscription when use the Coupon Code: BLOG93.

Still not convinced?...Be sure to check out their sample magazines and study guides. You can view them in PDF absolutely free! More reviews of Nature Friend can be found at the TOS Crew Blog. Pin It Now!

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