I've been reading through Home Education by Charlotte Mason with my local CM book club, and was re-inspired to do more nature study by our latest reading. Consider this quote:
Do you see what she's saying? Nature study gives any child skills that will take them anywhere they want to go in life. Think about it: children learn the critical habit of attention, the indispensable virtues of patience and perseverance.
|My girls making friends with a ladybug|
When my children came along and I began to teach them, and started learning about Charlotte Mason's principles, suddenly I felt intimidated at the idea of nature study. What if I messed it up somehow?
The truth is, you really can't mess it up. Well, that's not entirely true. You can talk too much as the
|Sometimes beauty finds us |
in unexpected places
There are some other more practical reasons to do nature study, too. When children are outside, they are
not inside making a mess. They're not staring at a screen. They're in the fresh air and sunshine, getting some exercise. Those are all very good things.
So, what are you waiting for? Go outside today with your children and see what you can find that is new to you!
Check out some of my friends' blogs, who are also participating in the 5 Days Blog Hop:
Aurie @ Our Good Life ~ Photography Tips and Tricks
Dinah @ The Traveling Classroom ~ Tips for Learning a Second Language
Julie @ Nurturing Learning ~ Art Resources
Tara @ This Sweet Life ~ Preparing for a New School Year
Sara @ Embracing Destiny ~ Purposeful Living
Rebekah @ There Will Be A $5 Charge for Whining ~ Culinary Adventures for Boys
Beth @ Ozark Ramblings ~ Photoshop Elements for Homeschool
Hillary @ Our Homeschool Studio ~ Fitting in the Extras