First published in the late nineteenth century by Edmund Selous, Tommy Smith’s Animals is the perfect introduction to natural history for young children, particularly among those using a Charlotte Mason educational philosophy in their homes. This new edition has been lightly edited to bring it up to date for students of the twenty-first century.
The book has been arranged for effective use with Miss Mason’s principle of short lessons,—some chapters have therefore been split into parts and the readings spread across more than one lesson. Another unique facet to the new edition is the inclusion of narration breaks dividing the text, allowing parents and students to move easily through the text at a pace which is suitable to the abilities of the child.
Natural History Pictures for a Living Education is a unique picture book series which aims to enhance students’ learning and arouse interest in the wonders and phenomena of the natural world, as read about in their natural history lesson books. Intended to enliven and enhance the quest for natural knowledge in the home schoolroom, Natural History Pictures for a Living Education: Tommy Smith’s Animals features forty photographs of many of the common animals that make their home in the woods and fields of the British Isles, such as hares, moles, adders, pigeons, and many more.
Arranged primarily—but not exclusively—for home educators using the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education, this book is intended to be used alongside the reading of Tommy Smith’s Animals, by Edmund Selous, as published by Charlotte Mason Beehive. All pictures are related to the narrative of the Form I Natural History reader and footnotes are littered throughout the lesson book text to highlight when a particular image is available to enhance the lesson.
Brought to you exclusively by Charlotte Mason Beehive, Natural History Pictures for a Living Education is an off-shoot from History Pictures for a Living Education, a series designed to bring history to life for students and young people studying the events of the past, which itself is based off Black’s History Pictures, a series published by A. & C. Black in the early twentieth century and recommended by Miss Charlotte Mason of the P.N.E.U. (Parents’ National Educational Union).
Printed on 200 gsm glossy paper, the series is spiral bound for ease of use, and all pictures are clearly labelled.