You want me to study fungi?? Eeewww!
A fungus probably isn’t the first image that pops into your mind when you envision nature study. But, oh, what a beautiful, colorful and fascinating world awaits as you begin to focus on mushrooms, molds and lichen.
A Fungus Among Us explores the very interesting and vast array of fungi lurking around you everyday.
What’s the difference between mushrooms, mold and lichen? What is the fruiting body of a fungus? Why do I find more fungi after the rain? Where are the best places to find fungi on a nature walk? Learn the answers to these and many other questions during this study!
The unit provides many ideas for finding and noting fungi outdoors through a scavenger hunt, fungi comparisons, and measurement and mapping charts. You’ll note and understand the functions of various characteristics, and learn why God created fungi. And this mentions only a few of the activities!
Inside, have fun with ideas such as making spore prints, growing mold, understanding yeast, and even taste-testing safe fungi. Learn things like how molds help us and harm us, how they devastated an entire country and what a mycologist does. Tons of ideas and 17 notebooking pages can keep you busy for many weeks to come, if you choose.
This super nature study topic has proven to excite many children (and adults) as they discover the exciting world of fungi!
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58 pages, e-book
“I have to be honest and say that I have purchased homeschool parent-produced E-books in the past that haven’t lived up to my expectations. A Fungus Among Us not only wowed me with its scope and depth of information, but it also caused me to want to pack up my large brood and get outside to see what we could find.” Read Kendra Fletcher’s entire Old Schoolhouse Magazine review here.
“The authors have included some very practical articles about the where, how and why of nature study. These are some of my favorite parts of the book. Their enthusiasm is contagious. One can’t help coming away with an eagerness to get outdoors and a feeling that successful nature study can be achieved.” Read the entire Old Schoolhouse Magazine review by Stacy Kalisz here.
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Links to art, artists, composers, compositions, poetry and literature suggestions:
Artist and Picture Study –
Composer and Music Study –
Mushroom by Emily Dickenson
Mushrooms by Slyvia Plath
Recommended Books and Such
These are links to specific titles that we have suggested where we ask you to do your own internet search because of copyright. We’re hoping this will be an acceptable compromise! There are often other books we have suggested to go along with the art, composer or poetry suggestions. They are already included in the “recommended book” section, so we chose not to link them again. As always, if you come across a great link or additional idea for any of these areas, please let us know and we’ll add it right away! A Fungus Among Us Sample Pages