I love the idea of nature study. I can imagine bundling my six little ones up to explore the wild wooded area behind our house. I can picture us bent over an ant hill, watching them scurrying to their work. I can feel the water as we splash in the creek or the spring breeze as we relax under a tree sketching. Yes, I love the idea of nature study.
It’s the application that I have trouble with.
I mean, really, there is so much book work to be done…not to mention cleaning, cooking, and surviving the life of a home school mom. Even when I get the kids ready to go outside, what should we do when we get there? Should we really just blow off all other lessons to go frolic in the outdoors?
The TOS Schoolhouse Store will soon be releasing a brand new eBook titled, Creative Nature Study: Ideas to Jump-Start or Invigorate Nature Study in Your Homeschool. I had an opportunity to get a sneak preview at this eBook and was quite excited about it. I’ve researched nature study ideas before, but needed more practical suggestions and frankly…more motivation and inspiration. Creative Nature Study offers all of that.
I was happy to see that they start with the basics in Chapter 1: “What is Nature Study and Why Do It?” True to its title, this chapter will help you to overcome the “guilt” to carving out that home school time to enjoy nature study as you discover its many benefits. This book is a collaborative effort and throughout the book you’ll find ideas from several home school moms. In Chapter 2 there are articles on how to get started, even including what to pack in a nature bag. You’ll find ideas for several different fun nature walks in the next chapter and creative projects in the one after. I was personally inspired by an article about creating your own bird watching center right in your own home. There’s so much in the huge eBook including Creative Writing in nature, Nature Journal Ideas, tons of scavenger hunts, and even a helpful chapter about Nature Study with allergies or asthma. You may be surprised at how nature study easily fits in to all areas of study. I also found the extensive list of additional resources (I’m talking several pages!) at the end of the book quite helpful as well.
If you have always wanted to incorporate nature study into your home school, but just didn’t know how or if you are in need of some fresh nature study ideas, check out the Schoolhouse Store for Creative Nature Study. You’ll find all the inspiration you need to get your children outside. And once they’re there, who knows what God will reveal to them through his Creation.Pin It Now!