Ah, summertime sun and lazy days at the beach! Some of my favorite times during the year. Besides relaxing at the beach and sleeping in, I love “testing out” new things during the summer. I use the lazy days of summer to try out ideas or activities I might want to do the next school year.
If you are looking for a way to do science next year that is stress-free, text-book free, and guilt-free, then try Nature Studies! If you are looking for a way to do science this year that doesn’t require an expensive curriculum or expensive outside science classes, then I strongly suggest you do Charlotte Mason style Nature Studies this year!
What are nature studies? In our latest podcast, we explore how to use your time at the beach (or your free time this summer), dipping your feet into the cool refreshing idea of nature journaling.
In a nutshell, it is using God’s creation as your inspiration for scientific exploration. No boring textbooks are needed. No expensive science curriculums are needed. No hectic outside science classes are needed. It’s you, your kids, a backpack, a few journals, and the great outdoors!
NATURE STUDY IN A NUTSHELL:
- Explore nature (backyard, neighborhood walks, parks, gardens, zoos, hikes, etc).
- Stop, sit, and draw what you see.
- Learn about the plant/animals you saw when you get home.
- Add info to your drawing (facts, labels, quotes, verses, thoughts, etc)
Yep, it really is that simple! If you are not sure how to get started or you have always wanted to do nature studies with your family but haven’t tried it yet, summertime is the BEST time to try it out! If you plan on doing nature studies for the first time this coming school year, summertime is the BEST time to ease into this new and fun way to learn science.
CLICK HERE to listen to our latest podcast, “Nature Studies: Get Your Feet Wet This Summer.” It is full of simple and easy things you can do this summer to try out nature studies with your family. Then go watch and subscribe to Joy Cherrick’s Nature Study Hacking website and newsletter. She is a master!
As promised, we listed resources mentioned in the podcast below. Happy Exploring!
**The handout also lists places to visit in Southern California but you can use the list as an example of places to explore in your local area.***
NATURE JOURNALS, DRAWING HELP & SAMPLES:
FIELD GUIDES AND RESOURCES:
READ ALOUD BEACH FAVORITES
CLICK HERE to listen to our latest podcast, “Nature Studies: Get Your Feet Wet This Summer.”