Quite unexpectedly but delightfully, I stumbled across a friend’s suggestion at the end of last school year of what has become an invaluable resource. Exploring Nature With Children has been an inspiration and crazy amazing guide to giving nature study structure in our homeschool.
Who doesn’t love a week by week suggested plan of attack? I love to hold our curriculum choices loosely; I love suggestions but hate strict adherence to any. While this resource is packed full of goodness, I know I won’t be able to do all the activities or read all the books with my kids in a week. So I let myself off the hook with that…I pick and choose and we have found it a delight to use!
How do we fit it all in?
In a relaxed, natural way.
Happy Weekly Nature Study Rhythm
Our week includes some sort of nature study each day. Typically we have followed a theme each week. This will be ever more enhanced by use of Exploring Nature with Children now. This schedule, like everything in our homeschool, ebbs and flows but by and large, we follow something like this each week:
Monday: nature walk and observation
Tuesday: poem into journal, activity, art
Wednesday: nature walk, Mystery Science or science experiment
Thursday: enrichment, sketching
Friday: nature walk, play!
We also have poetry teatime on a semi-regular, irregular basis each week. To combine both nature study, poetry and teatime, we started to add a weekly poem to our nature journal. We have a few standout books of poetry that we pull from for weekly inspiration.
Our favorites include
- The National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry
- When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems For All Seasons
- Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems
Back to School with the BEST Nature Study Resources
Let’s pull this all together! Like I earlier noted, there are so many wonderful resources available to enhance your nature study. Bloggers that stand out, books galore, activities and art to make it all an amazing adventure for you.
Favorite Nature Study Resources
- Alex at Life On Island has been a favorite for years; only this year did we connect online and then meet up in real life and now I get to call her friend. Her photography, adventurous and kind spirit as well as her love of life, make her a true nature inspiration!
- Nadine at Up Above The Rowan Tree offers up an updated and nature based life of learning inspired by Charlotte Mason. Nadine is practical and her curiosity and resources offered on her blog and in her Periscopes is unmatched. She makes it all seem doable.
- Cindy West of Our Journey Westward has been inspiring our outdoor learning for a long time, too. And she writes curriculum to help you get outside and experience everything there is on offer. I love her pumpkin unit as well as her explanation of the value of nature journaling.
These are books and resources we use and love that will help ignite that love of the outdoors we hope to cultivate in our children!
- Whatever the Weather by Annie Riechmann and Dawn Suzette Smith
- Fun with Nature Take Along Guides published by Northwood
- Give Your Child the World by Jamie Martin
- Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman
- Sibley Backyard Bird Flash Cards
- Cardline Animals game
Get outside and enjoy some nature together! xo
The giveaway has now closed! Congratulations to Connie who won the awesome resources for nature study in her home!