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25 Nature Study Activities for Winter

Jan 15, 2016

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Nature and art go hand-in-hand. 

Using arts and crafts to compliment your nature studies not only helps the children to retain information, but also creates a delightful memories.


I've scoured the internet looking for resources, but if you know of some fun activities, be sure to let me know!

10 Must-Have Nature Study Supplies

Jan 14, 2016

family exploring in the woods


This week I'm writing about wintertime nature studies

No matter the season, you'll need some basic supplies for your adventures. 


Let's get right to it.

Winter Nature Studies Made Easy

Jan 13, 2016

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Deciding it's important to conduct nature studies in the winter is one thing. Knowing how to do it is an entirely different thing.

The easiest way I've found to add nature studies (for any season!) is NaturExplorers. I've written about this curriculum here and here.

Here are a few examples of things you could study in the winter.

5 Books Every Naturalist Should Own

Jan 12, 2016

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Being equipped with helpful resources is key to successful nature studies, no matter the season.

Because most of us aren't in the habit of viewing winter as a prime season for outdoor time, having these resources proves to be even more helpful.


If you're going to successfully grow a naturalist, I recommend you get these books onto your bookshelf.

10 Simple Winter Nature Study Ideas

Jan 11, 2016

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Nature studies can be as simple or complex as you want them to be.

If you're new to nature studies, you may feel more comfortable starting with simple activities. But even veteran nature study families can appreciate a calm, quiet nature walk.


Below you'll find a few simple things you do to develop an appreciation for nature.

5 Wintertime Nature Study Ideas for Your Homeschool


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Although outdoors time isn't always our first thought for wintertime, children still need to be out of doors

Like all other seasons, winter offers it's own unique variety of learning opportunities Besides, there are plenty of good reasons for having winter nature studies.

I recommend reading Charlotte Mason's writings about winter walks to gain a better understanding of why children should be outdoors in winter.


But what to do in winter? That's why I'm here. 

How to Grow a Naturalist in 5 Easy Steps

Feb 16, 2015

Do you have a child who loves exploring nature? Here are 5 tips for growing a naturalist.

Does your child love being outdoors? Does she collect caterpillars with the intent of raising them? Does he like to help in the garden? You may have a naturalist on your hands.

What is a naturalist? 


A naturalist is a person who studies plants and animals and, I would add, is passionate about nature. 

Anyone can be a naturalist. 

Homeschool Nature Studies Are Easy with NaturExplorers

Jul 22, 2014

Are you looking for an easy way to conduct nature studies in your homeschool? NaturExplorers makes nature study easy.

Thank you for joining me on Day 2 of my 5-day series "Super Easy Ways to Teach Middle School Science."


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This week I'm talking about how we can make science an easier, less intimidating subject to teach in middle school. Yesterday I wrote about using Supercharged Science, leaving complete responsibility for science up to the instructor and your child. It works. It's easy.


Those science lessons are important, but they don't cancel out the need for nature study.

Super Easy Ways to Teach Middle School Science

Jul 21, 2014

Science doesn't need to be difficult. This 5-part series offers super easy ways to teach science to middle school students.

Science comes easy for some and not-so-easy for others. Either way, we could all use some fresh ideas for making science an easier to subject to learn, couldn't we?

5 Pinteresting Homeschool Boards You Should Follow

Mar 10, 2014

A list of five Pinterest boards specifically designed to inspire you in your homeschool journey.


Pinterest is a lot of things: Fun, entertaining, a great bookmark and, if you're a website owner, a terrific source of traffic.

Do you know what else it is? A homeschool resource. Whether you're in need of ideas for a science project or worksheets for math someone has surely bookmarked it on Pinterest.


I am one of those people. I have loved Pinterest from the start have over 60 boards, because I try to keep things organized. I don't pin everything I see, but when I do pin, I want to be able to find it later.


Today I'm sharing with you five of my favorite homeschool boards. They're my favorite subjects, therefore my favorite boards.

How I Teach Science to Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Method

Jan 15, 2014

How I Teach Science to Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Method
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This is day #3 in my series on "How I Teach to Multiple Ages Using the Charlotte Mason Method." We're talking about science today.


If you'd told me 20 years ago I'd be teaching science, I'd have laughed. 

It's not that I didn't like science in school. I didn't dislike anything in school. With a photographic memory, school was easy for me. Even though I enjoyed my science classes, somehow I never thought of myself as a science-y kind of girl. I still don't. 


I enjoy earth science, biology and that sort of thing, but science geek or science nerd does not describe me. 


My girls love science. They're not science geeks or nerds either. Yet. We'll see. But they do enjoy and grasp the concepts easily. Alexis enjoys physics while Lorelai just wants to know everything about everything. 



  • Where does wind come from?
  • If it rain comes from lakes and oceans and it always rains, why doesn't the earth run out of water? 
  • How does sand become glass? 
Ever-questioning. 

9 Homeschool Products We Added to Our Curriculum in 2013

Dec 27, 2013

Of all the #homeschool products and curricula I tried in 2013, these are my top picks of the year. @tmichellecannon
Homeschool is ever-changing. I started out with this curriculum in February, but have tried and added quite a few homeschool products along the way. 

It happens. We try. We renew. We change.


In 2013, I tried quite a few homeschool products and curricula. Here are my favorites.

Summer Nature Unit Studies

Jun 14, 2013


Today is Day 5 of my 5-day series on Summertime Nature Studies. This series is a part of the iHomeschool Network Summer Hopscotch 2013.

As summer quickly approaches, it's a good idea to start planning our summer nature studies. The possibilities are endless, but sometimes it's difficult to decide what to do first or next, isn't it?

On Monday, I listed some ideas for summer nature studies. Today, we're going to talk about nature unit studies.

8 Steps to a Successful Nature Walk

Jun 13, 2013


Today is Day 4 of my 5-day series on Summertime Nature Studies. This series is a part of the iHomeschool Network Summer Hopscotch 2013.

I want to talk about nature walks today. Like a scavenger hunt, a nature walk can be as big or small a deal as you make it. You can drive to a forest for your nature walk or you can have one in your back yard. You can bring your nature backpacks filled with "tools of the trade" and have a full-on nature study. Or you can simply go for a walk, listening and observing. 

Nature Study Scavenger Hunt Ideas

Jun 12, 2013


Today is Day 3 of my 5-day series on Summertime Nature Studies. This series is a part of the iHomeschool Network Summer Hopscotch 2013

Summer offers a perfect opportunity for Nature Scavenger Hunts. The weather is warm and there are plenty of daylight hours to make a great game of hunting items. Your scavenger hunt can be planned for only your children, the neighborhood kids or your homeschool group. 

You can make a nature scavenger hunt as elaborate or simple as you'd like but the process is the same either way.

Preparing a Summer Vacation Nature Study

Jun 11, 2013


Today is Day 2 of my 5-day series on Summertime Nature Studies. This series is a part of the iHomeschool Network Summer Hopscotch 2013.

We've discussed some summertime nature study ideas, but what if the family is going on summer vacation? I say that's an excellent time for a nature study. It's an opportunity to learn about a different environment and what grows or lives in it. It just takes a little preparation. 

Ideas for Summer Nature Studies

Jun 10, 2013


Today is Day 1 of my 5-day series on Summertime Nature Studies. This series is a part of the iHomeschool Network Summer Hopscotch 2013.

Summer is a great time for nature studies. The weather is warm and the days longer, giving us more time to enjoy the great outdoors. But what types of things can we study during the summer? The answer: Pretty much anything.

Look around your backyard. What do you see? Trees in full bloom? Flowers you've planted? Maybe pets or wildlife! The list of things you can study is unlimited.

Summertime Nature Studies

Jun 9, 2013


Many homeschools are wrapping up their year and looking forward to summertime. Some of us homeschool year-round. Whether you're taking a mini-break, a full summer break, or you're pushing forward in your year-round homeschool, summer is a great time for nature studies. 

Summer allows us to study insects, creatures and plants available that aren't available in other seasons. Of course, this is true of all seas, but tossing nature study aside during our summer break may cause us to miss a good number of special experiences.

A Charlotte Mason Style Nature-Based Unit Study

Feb 6, 2013


I am very excited today. I've been talking with Cindy, at Shining Dawn Books, about her nature-based unit studies. She has shown great generosity in giving me a number of e-books so that I can review them for you in the future. In the meantime, I want to introduce you to the e-books, tell you a bit about what I'll be doing and share a giveaway with you!

Learning on the Weekend

Dec 17, 2012

We love using weekends for outdoor activities like hiking and geocaching. That's exactly what we did Saturday. It's been a long while because our van died in September. This was a much needed break from the "stir crazy" feeling we've all been having lately. I'm sharing a few photos from our day.
Lunch at the park (what a face!)

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