Nature Studies: Discover the Wonders of Creation
A love of science starts with a sense of wonder. Help your children see the world with new eyes. “If the trees and flowers, the clouds and the wind, all tell wonderful stories to the child, he has sources of happiness of which no power can deprive him.” -From Well-Educated Heart
A heart-based science program begins with Nature Studies for young children. We love the stories on the Libraries of Hope site! These wonderful stories in combination with nature study adventures provide a strong science foundation for children to build upon.
A few simple supplies are all that is necessary to begin:
The following resources provide great instruction for creating a Nature Study program for your children.
How Nature Study Should Be Taught by Edward Bigelow
Handbook of Nature Study
Blog: How we use Nature Study
Raising Little Shoots: Exploring Nature with Children
Create a Nature Journal
Sample rotation schedule for studying nature through the seasons.
Nature Study: Stories, Adventures, and Sketches for the Seasons
Download a free copy of the Nature Study Resource Guide for a list of stories, adventures, and nature notebook ideas to match the seasons.
The Resource Guide may be used year after year for children 4-10. Simply choose and record the stories and experiences used each year to avoid duplication.
The following resources are included in the Nature Study Resource Guide
The Forgotten Classics from Libraries of Hope provides a collection of wonderful stories from History, Literature, Art, Music, and Nature.
The Nature Study Resource Guide will focus on books from the Nature, Art and Music Series in the Forgotten Classics Collection. Stories of Nature from the Story Hour Series is also included in the Resource Guide.
Nature Notebook from The Good and the Beautiful. Help your children explore nature and enjoy writing through notebooks and journals that encourage exploration, imagination, love of nature, and appreciation for God and his wonderful creations.
This 117-page, spiral bound nature notebook is beautifully designed and carefully planned to help children gain an inquisitive and grateful mind as they explore the beauties and wonders of nature. Available from The Good and the Beautiful
Beginning at age 8, children may be encouraged to begin a more systematic approach to science using Science in the Beginning from Berean Builders. Families may continue to enjoy the stories from the Nature, Art and Music Series while participating in the science experiments from Science in the Beginning.
Engaging Stories to Develop a Child's Sense of Wonder
The Nature, Art, and Music Series available for purchase from Libraries of Hope
January through Mid-March: Rocks, Oceans, and Stars
Mid-March through May: Animals, Birds, and Insects
June through August: Plants, Trees, and Gardening