Nature Study is my favorite way to teach my children science. I come from a long line of nature enthusiasts who without knowing it passed down an unforgettable wealth of knowledge to me. I vividly remember holding my grandpas hand and walking through the cedar filled Tennessee forest. His passion for nature was contagious and spread through his family-especially to my mother and down to me.
I suppose this is why a Charlotte Mason philosophy of education speaks to my heart. Nature Study is living science and nothing compares to learning science then to experience it first hand.
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To support a Autumn themed nature study I created this printable which you can Download your free autumn nature study here:
To introduce your child to nature study let them explore and discover the out of doors. Step back while their curious little minds fill with wonder. No need to spoon feed them information, allow them to make the connections on their own. However, when they do come to you with questions (and they will) be ready. These two fields guides will help you to do just that.
Besides providing your children with information from field guides, support nature study with living books.
Millicent Selsam is an amazing author with two living books that would support a Autumn Nature study well. If you ever find these beautiful vintage books at a used book store or a library book sale for a few dollars-buy them and
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My daughter’s favorite living book that we read last fall is One Small Place in a Tree. She still quotes passages of One Small Place in a Tree to this day whenever we are outside or taking a nature walk. I think it has to do with the part in the book that describes what creates holes in a tree and what in nature can then use it as a home. At least that is what I have been able to gather from her repeated narrations.
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This living book by Julia Rothman contains pages dedicated to both fungi and trees, it is absolutely lovely.
Nature study is the best way to teach natural science nothing comes close to hands on learning experienced through living science.
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