Janette Simonson Shows Benefits of Bringing Nature into the Classroom

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A class of students learns valuable skills using objects found in nature in ‘Miss Justine and the Feathers’ new book.

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Nature can be used to teach us many things,” Simonson writes. “Recycling is not a new idea. Respecting our Earth has always been important.

A new teacher at a Native American reservation uses nature to show her students that learning can be fun and that everything in the world is connected in Janette Simonson’s unique new children’s book, “Miss Justine and the Feathers” (published by LifeRich Publishing).

Ideal for children ages 4-8, “Miss Justine and the Feathers” tells the story of Miss Justine, a woman who takes a new approach to teaching the students in her new class on a Native American reservation. Her belief that learning should always be fun is incorporated into her lessons, and she decides that the beach is the perfect place for her students to study outside the classroom.

After Miss Justine’s students gather rocks, feathers and shells from the beach, they return to the schoolhouse to discuss what they’ve learned. Sorting, adding and counting shells becomes a math lesson, and recycling feathers, shells and twigs provides an ideal opportunity for a new art project.

An excerpt from “Miss Justine and the Feathers”:

“Miss Justine was everybody’s favorite teacher at school. All of the students wanted to be in her classes. That was because Miss Justine thought learning should always be fun.”

“Nature can be used to teach us many things,” Simonson writes. “Recycling is not a new idea. Respecting our Earth has always been important.”

“Miss Justine and the Feathers”
By Janette Simonson
Hardcover | 8.5 x 11 in | 52 pages | ISBN 9781489700193
Softcover | 8.5 x 11 in | 52 pages | ISBN 9781489700186
E-Book | ISBN 9781489700209
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Janette Simonson studied animal husbandry at the SUNY at Cobleskill, N.Y., and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in agricultural education. She is a former teacher and parent advocate in her school district. Simonson, who has had multiple sclerosis for more than 25 years, feels that her disability helps her understand the special needs of others, and she has worked as an advocate for handicapped children and their parents for over 15 years. She and her husband live in Long Island, N.Y., where they enjoy spending time with their two children.

LifeRich Publishing, the strategic publishing partnership of Reader’s Digest and Author Solutions, LLC, was created to provide all writers a platform for sharing their stories, recipes, advice and more. LifeRich authors will benefit from a wealth of editorial design, marketing and education resources, specially created by Reader’s Digest editors for the enrichment of these LifeSmart individuals. Books can be published in print, ebook or audio formats, with additional distribution to up to 25 million Reader’s Digest customers through its online properties. Follow @LifeRichPub on Twitter or “Like” us at facebook.com/LifeRichPublishing for the latest updates.

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