MVPs of Homeschooling Year One #7

7. Nature

I always knew I liked being outside, whether it was hiking, camping, or just sitting on a patio sipping a…. *lemonade*.  What I didn’t know is how little time my old schedule was allowing me to BE outside.  It was spring of our first year homeschooling before I realized this.  All of a sudden, I began to observe the changes in our neighborhood.  I noticed if those flowers my neighbor planted started to bloom.  I actually said, “I don’t think I have ever been outside in spring this much in my whole life,” to several people.  It was always get up, go to school, go home, play or do homework, go to bed. Because I was a teacher, I carried this same schedule as an adult.  Homeschooling allowed us to go on hikes and take our time.  We began to really appreciate the seasons and the changes that come with each one.  What a gift to learn all of this right along side my kids.

We didn’t keep nature journals or do official nature studies or anything, but when we are ready for that, I’ll be exploring this website for ideas.

http://handbookofnaturestudy.com/journals/

Here’s a blog with free printables to help with nature studies.

http://intentionalmomma.com/2015/05/nature-study.html

Mostly, I suggest to stop looking at the Internet for advice about nature.  Instead, go outside and see where you end up.

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