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Is Nature Study Old-Fashioned for Your Homeschool?

Why are we spending time in nature study? Is nature study old-fashioned for your homeschool? Do we really need to expose our children to this type of learning in our modern age, where everything is at our fingertips as far as finding answers to anything we want to know in books or on the internet?

Is nature study old-fashioned for your homeschool? Discover how outdoor time and nature study are as fundamental to good learning as you can find.

Is Nature Study Old-Fashioned for Your Homeschool?

I think outdoor time and nature study are as fundamental to good learning as you can find. Charlotte Mason agrees.

“And this is exactly what a child should be doing for the first few years. He should be getting familiar with the real things in his own environment. Some day he will read about things he can’t see; how will he conceive of them without the knowledge of common objects in his experience to relate them to? Some day he will reflect contemplate, reason. What will he have to think about without a file of knowledge collected and stored in his memory?”
Charlotte Mason, volume 1 page 66

Is nature study old-fashioned for your homeschool? Discover how outdoor time and nature study are as fundamental to good learning as you can find.

The Benefits of Nature Study in Your Homeschool

Is nature study old-fashioned? Nature study is foundational and fundamental to learning. Here you will find more encouragement to include nature study in your homeschool days.

Homeschool Nature Study in Your Own Yard: Learn What is Closest – In your own backyard, your children will learn to observe, to write about their experiences, to draw their treasures, to be patient, to imagine, and to explore. You don’t need a special textbook or kit to get started.

5 Getting Started Tips for Nature Study – Nature study should be something that doesn’t seem like work. Allow the child to soak in the nature study opportunities that come your way. 

Creating a Nature Study Atmosphere: Start with Your Attitude – Creating a homeschool nature study atmosphere does not need to be difficult, dirty, or uncomfortable. In fact, the best nature study is done without much effort and is guided by your child’s interest in topics that come along.

Is nature study old-fashioned for your homeschool? Discover how outdoor time and nature study are as fundamental to good learning as you can find.

More Favorite Tips for Encouragement

Let us help you get started! You will find our FREE Getting Started Outdoor Hour Challenges Guide HERE.

You can use the ideas in those challenges to get started with a simple nature study time with your children. You can use each challenge as many times as you want.

Outdoor Hour Challenges for Your Homeschool

To get each Friday’s homeschool nature study Outdoor Hour Challenge and for access to a continuing series of new nature studies, join us in Homeschool Nature Study Membership. You will have everything you need to bring the Handbook of Nature Study to life in your homeschool.

With membership, you will have access to Outdoor Hour Challenges curriculum and resources to enrich your homeschool.

Be inspired! Be encouraged! Get outdoors!

by Barb, July 2008

2 thoughts on “Is Nature Study Old-Fashioned for Your Homeschool?

  1. I think Nature Study is even MORE important today than in CM’s time. Today many people live lives completely separate from their own natural surroundings and some don’t know enough about the natural world to even be interested. When my 2 older kids were in public school (in our days before homeschooling)I remember handing out orange halves after their “fun run” and having more than 1/2 the kids tell me they didn’t like lemons! And these were 5th graders! These kids couldn’t tell the difference between 2 very common fruits.

    Is nature study old-fashioned, well maybe (and that’s a plus for me) but is it outdated? No way!

  2. I agree!
    My son has been spending time observing his newly found snake.
    Each time he finds something, he is learning from it. I believe there is so much to be learned by observing nature.

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