Sunday, July 13, 2008

Nature Activities & Exploring Nature

A lot is being said about "nature-deficit disorder" as a result of Richard Louv's book, Last Child in the Woods. As with most books, there are pros and cons, but he does make some good points: "In nature, a child finds freedom, fantasy, and privacy." And sadly, as he says, schools today assign more and more homework, which results in less time for exploring nature.

Fortunately, as homeschoolers, we have time on our side. We can spend all day outside, if we like! We can still study math, science, history, English, etc. -- all outside. Or save those subjects for "inside time" and simply get outside and enjoy the fresh air and Nature.

As naturalist John Muir said: "When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."

Here's some Nature Activities:


  • Discover something new in nature each day!
  • Identify trees, birds, insects, or constellations you see
  • Create and keep a Nature Sketchbook of what you see outdoors
  • Capture the colors of Nature with paints, colored pencils, or crayons
  • Make bark art or bark paintings
  • Create a collage with leaf rubbings or bark rubbings
  • Use objects from nature to create a 3D piece of art
  • Find, follow, and identify animal tracks
  • Determine when birds, animals, insects eat, sleep, migrate, hibernate
  • Write about the things you see, hear, smell, and experience in Nature each day!
For more, see our Summer Homeschool Activities and Homeschool Curriculum here.

Learn more about John Muir, here: www.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit

Learn more about the Richard Louv book, Last Child in the Woods, here: http://www.richardlouv.com/

Right now, I'm going outside to see what more I can learn about nature. It never ceases to amaze me!

Happy Homeschooling!

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