Nature study has always been a major focus in our homeschool. In fact, throughout their primary and early elementary years, nature study was primarily the only science we covered.
While easily accessible, nature study incorporates so much more than just the study of plants and animals in our backyard. It can include the study of weather and climate patterns, even ocean currents and tides.
To help you kick off the new school year with gusto, I am giving away a basket load of wonderful nature study goodies that I know you and your kids will absolutely love.
How We Approach Nature Study
I try to incorporate a nature lesson each week. This begins with spending quality time outdoors. With a tween and teen, this basically means we go for hikes or evening walks as a family. When they were younger, however, it meant playing in the creek near the lake, building imaginary worlds in the backyard, and even climbing trees.
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Read my post Keeping a Nature Journal to learn how to get started in just 5 simple exercises. I’ve written more extensively about How We Approach Nature Study but how it is done is less important than just getting outside and exploring the world. Here are a few of our lessons from the past:
Here are some Summer Nature Activities to get you started before school begins next month.
For classroom or home educators, I also teach an extensive class on Nature Journaling in the Classroom if you’d like more guidance or are interested in earning course credit.
As promised, this basket of goodies is sure to delight you and your kids. I have included several of our favorite field identification books, a practical guide to discovering the natural world, and an outdoor workbook for families and classrooms. The contents of the basket are worth over $90!
The Nature Connection by Claire Walker Leslie ($15.95)
The Practical Naturalist from DK Publishing ($22.95)
Tree Finder: A Manual for Identification of Trees by Their Leaves by May Theilgaard Watts ($5.95)
Rocky Mountain Tree Finder by Tom Watts ($5.95)
Millie & Cyndi’s Pocket Nature Guides:
Painted Ladies of North America ($7.95)
Bonus: NaturExplorers Incredible Creeks eBook ($8.95) … to be sent separately
Enter to Win This Bundle
Back to Homeschool Gift Baskets
But Wait! That is not all ~ 52 homeschool bloggers have joined together to provide one massive back-to-homeschool basket giveaway! Take a peek around these 52 sites and enter to win as many baskets as you like.