Parent Resource List

Nature and Children


Tom Brown's Field Guide: Nature and Survival for Children - Tom Brown, Jr., with Judy Brown

Tom Brown Jr has published many books on survival skills and philosophy.

Richard Louv - Last Child in the Woods

Wildcraft!: An Herbal Adventure Game - Learning

A coorperative board game that explores healing herbs.  Learn about plants and have fun doing it.

Naturalist skills

Peterson Field Guides - many kinds.

Recommended: Mammals, Eastern Birds, Eastern Reptiles and Amphibians, Venomous Animals and Poisonous Plants

Mammal Tracks and Sign - Mark Elbroch (has also published Bird Tracks and Sign)

Newcomb's Wildflower Guide - Lawrence Newcomb

Psychology and COmmunication


Enki Education – Beth Sutton – (draws upon Waldorf, Montessori, United Nations Multicultural curriculum, sensory/neurological integration, and uses seasonal rhythms, movement, multiculturalism and the arts)

Ontario - Ministry of Education - Homeschooling Guidelines

Curious abour the legalities of homeschooling in Ontario?  Click the link to get the official scoop on what's legal.  

Recommended Reading list for children***

  • Wise Child - Monica Furlong

  • My Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George

  • Julie of the Wolves - Jean Craighead George

  • The Talking Earth - Jean Craighead George

  • Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O’Dell

  • The Education of Little Tree - Forrest Carter

  • Hatchet - Gary Paulsen (check out his other books too)

  • Two Little Savages - Ernest Thompson Seton (also check out other books by this author)

  • Never Cry Wolf - Farley Mowat (also check out other books by this author)

  • White Fang - Jack London

  • Kim - Rudyard Kipling

  • Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling

  • Vanishing Boy - Alexander Key

  • Walkabout - James Vance Marshall

  • As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me - Josef Martin Bauer

  • The Long Walk - Kerry Greenwood

  • Holes - Louis Sachar

  • Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls

  • Incident at Hawk's Hill - Allan W. Eckert

  • The Other Way to Listen - Byrd Baylor, also check out other books by this Author

  • The Farthest-Away Mountain - Lynne Reid Banks

  • Eragon series - Christopher Paolini

  • Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis

  • Hoot - Carl Hiassen

  • Istland of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O’Dell

*** Be advised not all these books may be suitable for your child.  Please use your own parental discretion in choosing which of these books is appropriate for them.