Creative Nature Study is one of several e-books offered
from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. Nature study
is something I've always wanted to incorporate into our homeschool
but never knew how. Sure, we took walks, and my kids played outside
a lot, but we never did anything to warrant calling it nature study.
How can something that seems so simple never get done? Well, when
I received Creative Nature Study to review, I found out
just how easy it can be.
Written by several homeschooling moms, Creative Nature Study has
a wealth of ideas to help you incorporate nature study into your
everyday life. There are 100 pages full of inspiration from moms
who are in the homeschooling trenches just like you. The contents
are as follows:
What is Nature Study and Why Do It?
How to Get Started, Where to Go and What to Pack
Creative Writing in Nature
Nature Notebook Ideas
Scavenger Hunts Galore
Nature Study with Allergies or Asthma
Appendix A: Great Resources
Appendix B: Scavenger Hunt Pages
Some of the activities include: Keeping a Perpetual Calendar,
Bird Watching Centers, Nature Study Scavenger Hunts, and Group
Walks. I really liked the idea of keeping a perpetual nature calendar.
I don't think this is something I would have thought of on my own.
The idea is to fill a binder with paper and then write the month
and date at the top of a page. You can then let your children,
or anyone in your family, record what the weather was like that
day by writing an observation, drawing a picture, or gluing photos
on the page. What a great way to look back through time and not
only see what the weather was like but how your children have grown
in their penmanship and learning. Another idea I really liked was
creating a bird watching center. All you need to do is hang a bird
feeder outside of a window, print off some pictures of birds that
are common in your area and paste them to a poster board. Then
when your children see one of the birds, they place a tally mark
underneath the picture of that bird. Simple, easy, and a great
way to incorporate nature study!
Creative Nature Study has given me not only inspiration
but actual ideas and activities. The ideas are easy to implement,
fun, and educational. Another plus is not having to wait for it
to arrive in the mail. For just $12.45 you can instantly download
the e-book to your computer and begin your journey in nature study!