Every child has a natural interest
in the living things about him which
it is the business of his parents to encourage.
Nature exploring is important business in our family.
As a homeschooling household, we have chosen to purchase
quality books and hands-on learning material in lieu of a set
curriculum for our kids. We spend hours every week exploring
the woods, researching our findings and journaling all of our favorite
discoveries. Here are some photos of our nature explorations and
links to our favorite resources.
I love this list from SCM on 8 reasons to do nature study. HERE
We are raising children who will be observant with a keen
eye for investigating. We are raising children who will appreciate
the beauty in small everyday things. We are raising thinkers.
Our favorite products:
- Natures Anatomy is incredible. I love the anatomy aspect and the illustrations are incredible.
- Fun With Nature It is a compilation of seven bestselling titles.The extra info is so helpful- where to find it, what it eats and such.
- I highly recommend any of the Peterson guides. You are going to find the most detailed and accurate information in these.
- For a fun nature drawing guide we went with Keeping a nature journal- Discover a whole new way of seeing the world around you.
- We have purchased a lot of watercolor sets over the years. We finally found a reasonably priced set that we love by Koi.
- We created our own journals by decorating these notebooks.
- A pair of binoculars.
- A magnifying glass.
- A quality camera. I love seeing nature from the kid’s perspective.
- Colored pencils.
For our journals we purchased these and used old encyclopedia pictures
to decorate. The larger one pictured was made by covering a notebook
with a brown bag using modge podge and then gluing the cut-outs.
Add a nature table or shelf to display your
treasures and you are all set! Happy exploring!
More on our nature table later this week!