These reasons to include nature-based learning in your homeschool can be a game changer. It can help shift your homeschool from a place of dreading school each day to looking forward to school. It can help shift energies in your homeschool. Everyone needs some fresh air and nature in their day.
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Reasons to Include Nature-Based Learning
All of these reason are connected to each other. Sometimes as parents we need to encourage our kids in getting outside. Something as simple as finding some flowers to look at, or birds to watch can open up their interest in nature.
Nature study is science.
A nature study is science that requires no equipment, no textbooks, or curriculum to learn. Just getting outside and observing nature is a great start to studying science. This is great for elementary aged students, no need to buy expensive curriculums if you don’t want to.
A nature walk, growing plants, and raising animals are just some ways that you can study science in nature.
Nature study gets kids outside more.
I feel like this one is just a little extra bonus for homeschool parents. Or maybe it’s just my children who spend very little time in the house.
Nature studies give kids a reason to get outside and see what fun there is to be had outside. It is a great way to introduce a love for nature.
Kids need to run around and burn off energy. It helps to improve concentration for school lessons, it even helps to improve sleep.
Nature study helps children to appreciate nature.
Children are born curious. They will stop to look closely at a flower, or to watch a caterpillar crawl by. Encouraging them to continue in the natural world and interact in it, they realize they are part of it. Their love and respect for nature grows.
Nature-based learning gives children a base of knowledge on which to base other science studies.