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25 Nature Study Activities for Winter

Nature studies are fun on their own, but did you know you can combine them with arts and crafts? Here's a list of 25 nature studies that do just that!
25 Nature Study Activities for Winter

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. Believe it or not, there are quite a few ideas for combining the two, besides sketching.

I've scoured the internet looking for resources, and this is the list I've come up with for winter nature study activities.

10 Must-Have Nature Study Supplies

If you're setting outdoors for a nature study, you'll need a few basics. These must-have nature study supplies will get you off on the right foot! 10 Must-Have Nature Study Supplies

Nature studies are one of my favorite things to do with my kids. I have a profound respect for nature, and very few things make me happier than to share the wonders of it with my children.

I don't set out to make every single outdoor experience a formal lesson, of course. Sometimes we hike just to hike, right? Even so, every hike shows us something we've never seen before. And maybe - just maybe - we end up researching more about the things we saw.

Education. This is how it naturally happens.

From nature walks to studying nature while you're on vacation, there are so many creative ideas for nature studies, but you need to be equipped for it. That's why I've created this list of must-have nature study supplies.

Winter Nature Studies Made Easy

Whether you're new to nature studies, or an old pro, this nature study curriculum is simply the best!

Winter Nature Studies Made Easy

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

If you're new to nature studies, or have run out of ideas - or maybe you just need an out-of-the-box feel to your nature studies, this is your day!

For years, I've used a curriculum that helped me truly get a grasp on the entire concept of nature studies in our homeschool. Better yet, I continued to use them even after I understood. It's a real time-saver when someone else has done all the work for you. (As a single mom, I need to save as much time as possible!)

5 Books Every Naturalist Should Own

For anyone setting out to study nature, these 5 books are must-haves!

5 books every naturalist should own

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

This list of 10 winter nature study ideas is simple, yet provides a rewarding experience for your homeschool family. 

10 simple winter nature study ideas

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

5 Wintertime Nature Study Ideas for Your Homeschool

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. In fact, theere 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? Glad you asked! I've put together a 5-post series full of ideas for wintertime nature studies. Give them a look. I'm sure you'll find some fun activities to do with your children!

Are You Following These 10 Secular Homeschool Blogs?

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Secular homeschool blogs are difficult to find.

Although my homeschool is definitely not secular, I try to keep my homeschool materials as religion-free as possible. 
(This post at BookShark answers the question "Why Would Christians Choose a Secular Homeschool Curriculum?")

For those of you who prefer secular homeschool blogs, I've created this roundup for you. But first, since you've landed here, you may be new to this blog, so let me share a little about it.

10 Things You Need to Do Before You Begin Homeschooling

Homeschooling is a fantastic journey! Get off on the right foot with this to-do list.

Considering homeschooling? Here's a list of things you need to do before you start.

You've decided to homeschool, but where do you begin?

Buy textbooks? Choosing curriculum? Transforming a room into a classroom?

Maybe you'll do those things, but there are a few important things you need to do before diving into those activities.

I wish someone had told me these ten things. So I'm telling you now.

5 Easy Ways to Evaluate Your Homeschool Student Without Testing


While the world of public education is fraught with tests, homeschoolers are doing exceedingly well without testing.

I understand that some homeschool families still test due varying state regulations or personal preference, but many of us don't. 

We understand that a test is only a snapshot of a child's abilities

Assessing a student's progress, however, gives us a much more realistic view of a child's abilities, strengths, weaknesses, and progress.

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