Gift No Sweat Nature Study

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Nature study is important because it provides real-life foundations for all the sciences. Yes, all of them. It encourages higher order thinking skills through observation, investigation, research, comparison, classification, experimentation, and so much more. I’m here to help you make nature study a reality in your homeschool!

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No Sweat Nature Study LIVE
 What’s Included in the No Sweat Nature Study LIVE Membership?

  • Twice-monthly 30-60 minute science classes that teach 1st-8th graders scientific information and vocabulary through the unique lens of nature study and nature journaling
  • 24/7 access to a video library of more than 150 previously recorded classes 
  • Podcast episodes to support the lessons 
  • Optional additional learning resources, including booklists, vocabulary printables, nature walk prompts, and follow-up activity ideas

 Science Lessons · Nature Notebooking · Interactive Fun

NSNS Spring/Summer 2024 Calendar with pictures of kids working, covers of three curriculum packets, and an icon of a green and blue dragonfly.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gift Memberships

Who should purchase a gift membership?

The gift option is meant for grandparents, aunts and uncles, and anyone else who intends to give the gift of a No Sweat Nature Study LIVE membership to another family. 

How do I purchase a gift membership? 

  1. Choose a gift level of one quarter or one year.
  2. Complete the To/From sections.
  3. Complete the message section if you wish.
  4. Specify your preferred date of delivery.
  5. Proceed to checkout and follow the prompts. 

How will my recipient receive the membership?

The gift card will be emailed to your recipient on the specified date. The recipient must then “purchase” a No Sweat Nature Study membership or apply the code to their existing membership account. At checkout, they will insert the gift code to receive the membership for free (excluding any applicable taxes).

This is a subscription product, so the recipient must have a credit card on file. However, the recipient can cancel the subscription anytime to avoid the additional renewal cost.

Meet Your Teacher

Cindy West

Cindy West is a 20+ year homeschool veteran with a master’s degree in education. A popular homeschool speaker and author of more than 30 nature study curriculum guides, she’s a very engaging teacher who loves to make learning fun yet meaningful.

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Quarterly, Yearly

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s a science program for the entire family! Mrs. Cindy West, a veteran homeschooler with a master’s degree in elementary education, teaches twice monthly classes through the lens of nature study. Each class is recorded and placed in an ever-growing library that members can access 24/7. Students create stunning nature journal pages during each class, keeping them engaged while building scientific understanding.

Twice-monthly live classes, an ever-growing library of previously recorded classes with 24/7 access, and plenty of optional resources for additional learning. The extra resources include a podcast episode introducing each topic, booklists, scientific vocabulary activities, hands-on and kid-friendly research activities, and a nature walk prompt.

How long do the classes last? Each class lasts 40-60 minutes.

When do the classes meet? Lessons take place on Tuesdays at 2 pm ET on the 1st and 3rd weeks of each month.

Where do the classes meet? Classes are taught on the Zoom platform. You will preregister for each class (it’s easy) and receive a private access link via email.

What happens if I can’t attend a live class? You can watch all recorded classes from the video library for the duration of your membership. It’s not necessary to attend live.

Will you teach classes during the summer? Yes. Many schools and homeschools follow a year-round schedule, so lessons continue through the summer. If you take a break from school during the summer, you can use the classes as fun boredom busters or simply catch up on the missed classes using the video library once your school is back in session.

What supplies will we need? Most of the time, each student will need a nature journal (or plain, white paper) and colored pencils. Occasionally, other supplies like watercolors, a tape measure, or a magnifying glass are suggested – none of which will be mandatory. Supplies are listed in the registration and email reminders.

Where should we sit to view the class? Your student(s) will need a sturdy surface to complete the nature journaling activities. Gathering around a table is probably best.

Can I download the recorded videos to my device? The videos cannot be downloaded to your device. They must be streamed.

Do I get access to any videos or other membership materials once my membership ends? No, your access to the live classes, video library, and printable resources ends when the membership ends. However, any downloads you have saved to your computer over the course of your membership are yours to keep.

Do you have a sample lesson we can view? Yes! Click here to enjoy a full sample lesson.

What class topics are already in the video library? Click here to see the list of previously taught classes. This list is updated every quarter or so.

What supplies will we need? Most of the time, each student will need a nature journal (or plain, white paper) and colored pencils. Occasionally, other supplies like watercolors, a tape measure, or a magnifying glass are suggested – none of which will be mandatory. Supplies are listed in the registration and email reminders.

Where should we sit to view the class? Your student(s) will need a sturdy surface to complete the nature journaling activities. Gathering around a table is probably best.

Only the video classes with Mrs. Cindy are necessary for the membership. Yet, you can still choose when and how to use them.

The extra resources (podcast, booklists, vocabulary, hands-on and research activities, and nature walk prompts) are available to you as optional learning activities.

How will No Sweat Nature Study lessons fit into my current science schedule? You have a few options:

  • Use the lessons as a supplement to your regular science curriculum.
  • Use the lessons instead of your regular science lessons for the day (or week if you plan to complete the follow-up activities).
  • Forego the live lessons and choose topics from the video library that fit with your planned science or seasonal path.
  • Use No Sweat Nature Study as your entire curriculum for a season. This is done successfully by utilizing the extra resources provided with each class.

Is there a scope and sequence to the lessons? No. The lessons cover various topics within all the sciences, particularly botany, animal science, earth science, weather science, and space science. They are frequently connected to geography, history, language arts, and math topics.

Do students need prior knowledge about a topic to get the most from a class? No. Cindy teaches everything necessary to understand the topic of the day.

What if we don’t live in the same area as you? Will the lessons be pertinent to us? Yes, the lessons will be pertinent to everyone, no matter where you are in the world or your current season. None of the lessons require you to have certain specimens to complete the activities.

It’s always suggested that you begin your membership at the monthly level so you can be sure it will work for your family before making quarterly or yearly commitments. We are not able to process partial period refunds. You will have member access until your period expires. 

No. I’m sorry. Each family needs to purchase their own membership.

I’m sorry, but we do not offer group rates.

Yes. Please contact cindy@ourjourneywestward.com to learn about a group rate and receive a specialized invoice. The fee is determined based on the number of students and the period you need access to the membership. In general, you can expect the price of a regular membership per 5 students.

This licensing is only available to teachers who meet in person with their students and use the membership while they meet in person with their students. No virtual co-ops or classrooms are allowed under any circumstances. You may not share the membership, video streaming, or supplementary materials with your co-op families or other teachers. Physical copies of printable resources can be reproduced for each child in the class, but no digital files are to be shared with the students or their families. To reiterate, this special group license is available for one teacher to use in her in-person classroom.

They can purchase a gift code that can be applied to a new or existing membership. Please send charter schools here and grandparents, aunts and uncles, or friends here.

Please note that the membership is a subscription. You must place a credit card on file even when using a gift code. You can cancel the membership anytime to avoid additional charges at the renewal date.

If your charter school requires a more detailed receipt than the one provided, please email me at cindy@ourjourneywestward.com.

We are unable to process full or partial refunds at any membership level. It’s always suggested that you begin your membership at the monthly level so you can be sure it will work for your family before making quarterly or yearly commitments. You can upgrade or cancel at any time. Upon cancellation, you will have member access until your period expires. 

Your membership will automatically renew. You should receive an email notification a few days before renewal.

You may cancel the membership anytime from your account dashboard. Upon cancellation, you will have member access until your period expires. We cannot process full or partial refunds at any membership level.

Memberships cannot be paused.