Although we have been outdoors most days, and have quite an impressive new rock and stone collection on our table, we have not approached our time scientifically. I enjoy my child’s natural delight and detailed observations, but we did not research, compare, investigate, analyze, or even note our findings.
It was more a simple pleasure.
And Charlotte Mason would approve. She encourages us to give our children regular opportunities to get in touch with God’s creation and to allow these experiences to form a source of delight that will last throughout their lifetime.
So, with this as my long-term approach, I am confident that a scientific approach may develop in time.
(May I encourage young moms not to do what I did when I started homeschool? In my early days with my eldest child, I over-emphasized our nature study sessions and made it too intense, too heavy. I was very ‘results’ orientated. This approach stunted my child’s natural delight and she eventually pulled out of our outdoor hour times.)
Right now, our nature study is planned as a natural nature experience!
How have you enjoyed your nature study times? What works for your children? Have you any tips for new moms? Please share in the comments.
This post was submitted to the Outdoor Hour Challenge carnival.