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Pocket Pumpkin Press Mission:
    (morals) provide meaningful and positive activities
    (community) connect kids with the local community
    (landscape) expand environmental awareness

cultural books
about southwest Michigan communities and environment

Use Pocket Pumpkin Press products to
Support the Local Community, People, and Nature:
not only learn to read, to study science, social studies, and culture,
to play games, and to decorate your walls,
but do it while also learning about local nature.

The best education is likely going outside to directly touch the local community and nature and to play with the outdoor elements. Books may often provide a great boost of wisdom, but only for people who have adequately experienced the local culture and the local natural and man-made environment.  (Books are of little use to children who have not played enough to form meaningful connections to his or her local surroundings.)  If diversity is a good thing, then it’s not bad to expose children to a variety of literature even if the literature involves exotic places or of no specific place in particular.  Hopefully, within the variety of displayed literature, children are exposed to books about their own immediate surroundings.  Likely, as local environmental books are shared with children, children will think that being concerned about the local community and nature is an important value.  To the contrary, if books about exotic places and no places are only shown to children, children will likely think that the local community and landscape do not matter and should be disregarded.  The following books are made in an attempt to connect children with their immediate locality.  Research shows (see selected books on outdoor education) that it is particularly the 7, 8, and 9-year-old children who especially need to play in the natural environment.   Thus, the following books include 7, 8, and 9-year-old books that focus on River Valley’s local natural landscapes of the lake, dunes, woods, and wetlands.  Also, River Valley includes rolling farmlands with a scattering of residences and small towns. Curriculum is based on the phenomenon that everything connects to everything. All social elements and all natural elements relate to each other. All social elements (health, economy, school, government, art, values, etc.), culture, and all natural elements (habitats, plants, animals, water, ground, air, etc.) link together.

Elementary School Books:

Preschool and Kindergarten (PreK to 9-yrs-old) - Local Landscapes, Plants, and Animals - Local Nature Alphabet Book Set An introducatin to plants and animals of the six landscapes (habitats): lake, dunes, woods, wetlands, farm, town, throughout the 4 seasons. A book for each letter of the alphabet. Aimed especially for Pre-K and K, but can be reviewed each year, no matter age.

First Grade - Farmland - (not yet available)

Second Grade - Lake and Dunes - Lake and Dunes Phonic Book Set - Lake and Dunes and cultural activities throughout the seasons. Easy Phonic Beginning-Reading Books.

Third Grade - Woods - Woods Foodweb and Woodland Wildflowers - Warren Woods throught the seasons. Easy to Medium-Reading Books.

Fourth Grade - Wetlands - (not yet available)

See more info on Local Nature Alphabet Book Set of Plants and Animals of Southwest Michigan local landscapes: towns, farms, lake, dunes, woods, wetlands.

See more info on Alphabet Wall Display of Plants and Animals of Southwest Michigan local landscapes: towns, farms, lake, dunes, woods, wetlands.

See more info on Alphabet Coloring Pages of Plants and Animals of Southwest Michigan local landscapes: towns, farms, lake, dunes, woods, wetlands. From the worksheet webpage.

See more info on Phonic Book Set of the Lake and Dunes.

See more info on Curriculum & Journal Pages of Plants and Animals of Southwest Michigan's Lake and Dunes habitats. From the worksheet webpage.

See more info on Woods Food Web Books.

See more info on Spring Woodland Wildflower Books.

Curriculum is based on the phenomenon that everything connects to everything. All social elements and all natural elements relate to each other. All social elements (health, economy, school, government, art, values, etc.), culture, and all natural elements (habitats, plants, animals, water, ground, air, etc.) link together.

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