|Trees in Golden Gate Park – San Francisco|
As I neared the end of her writing, a lightbulb went off in my brain!
The Handbook of Nature Study frustrated me at first because it was not a field guide but it also frustrated me because I wanted a book that answered all the questions for the activities suggested in the individual lessons.
I was missing the purpose both of the book and of nature study in general.
Nature Study (and pretty much all we learn) is more about the questions we have and finding the answers. The Handbook of Nature Study gives us some starting point questions in each lesson but then we are free to pick and choose which ones, if any, we are going to use in our outdoor time.
Better yet, we can listen to the questions that arise from our children as we go about our nature study time together. Take those questions and help your children find the answers….at first with help but then as they mature in their abilities, to find the answer themselves.
Thanks Angie for sharing your thoughts on this section.
Also, Phyllis wanted me to mention again on this blog that the hardcover edition of this book on Amazon.com is abridged and the graphics are of poor quality.
I always recommend the paperback edition of this book if you are going to buy one for your family. Save yourself some money and frustration and DO NOT get the book with the cute little squirrel on the front.
Buy the paperback edition with the butterfly!