Summer Nature Unit Studies

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.

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 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!

Homeschool Nature Studies Are Easy with NaturExplorers

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.

Summertime Nature Studies

summer time nature studies

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 seasons, but tossing nature study aside during our summer break may cause us to miss a good number of special experiences.

Ideas for Summer Nature Studies

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.

How to Include Art across Your Homeschool Curriculum

A couple of ideas to help you include art across your homeschool curriculum.

Including art as a subject is the most logical step when attempting to add art to your homeschool. But did you know you can include art in your other homeschool subjects? You can.

Just how would you do this?

How to Grow a Naturalist in 5 Easy Steps

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. 

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.

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 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.

Preparing a Summer Vacation Nature Study

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. 

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.

5 Pinteresting Homeschool Boards You Should Follow

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.

8 Steps to a Successful Nature Walk

8 Steps to a Successful Nature Walk

Today is Day 4 of my 5-day series on Summertime Nature Studies.  

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. 

6 Fall Traditions My Family Enjoys

Our family has a list of things we do each and every autumn season. Come find out what they are.

I've been waiting for fall for months now. I know that must sound crazy. I don't know why it was on my mind, but it was. For a few months, I've been having mental flashes to all the things we did last fall and found myself anticipating all the fun events.

And now it's finally here. FALL IS HERE! 

Right now our family is busy preparing for the birth of another child. The baby is due on October 8th (Yay! Another grandchild!) and we're putting together foods for labor and postpartumn. (You can see some of the great suggestions my Facebook followers gave me here.) But baby needs to time this right, because I have plans! ;-) 

Here are a few of our family traditions.

12 Science Pinterest Boards for Homeschooling

Need science inspiration? Check out these 12 science Pinterest boards for homeschooling.

Although I am not a science-y mom, we are definitely getting into science around here these days. Lorelai is my little science geek. She just loves it, so I've been trying to follow more science boards on Pinterest. I need all the ideas I can get!

One thing about me is this: When I find a weakness within myself or about myself, I tend to hyper-focus on improving that point. Because I'm not the most science-oriented person - enjoying only certain sciences like biology, earth science and nature study - I find that I'm really focusing on science these days. 

How to Teach the Arts Even if You Have No Artistic Talent

Tips to help you teach the arts to your homeschool student even if you don't have natural artistic abilities.

I am not an artist. I have absolutely no creative ability, no drawing or painting skills, and certainly no profound bits of art knowledge to share with my children. I'm pretty much lacking the entire right side of my brain. 

Oddly enough, I do have children who are very talented.

  • Michael paints, composes music, draws, plays piano, enjoys photography and even whittles flutes from bamboo!
  • Lee Anne sings and draws. She even designs and builds movie/theatre sets.
  • Alexis draws. She's begun painting, but mostly draws. She also enjoys photography, singing and dancing.
  • Lorelai loves creating art with pastels.
The arts are important in education. How did a mom with very little artistic ability (I only sing and write) raise children who enjoy art so much? I may not have talent, but what I do have is a desire to infuse art into their world. That's all I need.

Nature Study Scavenger Hunt Ideas

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.

Our Charlotte Mason High School Curriculum 2014-15

A Charlotte Mason high school curriculum covering all subjects from nature study to writing, history to science.

Our Charlotte Mason High School Curriculum


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World History and American History

Alexis will be taking both World and American history this year. Although we've been studying world history from the beginning of our Charlotte Mason education, I believe that high school is an opportunity to study those periods again more intensely and with a more mature mind.

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