I love this time of year for many reasons. But my favorite thing about autumn has to be all of the changes occurring outdoors! Cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, the smell of burning wood. I absolutely love it.
It’s also a great time of year for nature study. Why do leaves change color? What are animals beginning to do to prepare for winter? And don’t forget all of the kitchen chemistry and math with apples, pumpkins, and corn-on-the-cob!
This week, the Crew will be sharing about Exploring the Great Outdoors. I can’t promise they’ll all be exploring the autumn season, but I’m guessing there will be much to see and learn anyway!
Blossom @ North Laurel Home and School — Ah . . . The Great Outdoors
Since we’ve moved to Ohio, there has been much more opportunity for out-of-doors activities –like I thought I needed before. It’s so beautiful where we live that we are always watchful, even when just in the car, of nature.
Kayla @ The Arrowood Zoo — Nature, Talks, & Walks
The free feeling they get from not worrying about making a mess is a nice thought to me and them! They get to use their creativeness and they can be great explorers or bug detectives. You name it – they have been it. They love to gang up and build things out in the yard as well. I will not tell them no, even the time they built a tee-pee under the apple tree. It wasn’t going to hurt them, so I just let them work away at building something. It’s good for them.
Lexi @ Lextin Academy — Nature Stays Outside
At our house, we have a rule. Nature stays outside! This rule was instituted when my children brought a lizard inside last year. That will never happen again!
Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break — Would You Care to Step Outside?
Even though we’re not doing outdoor school or wilderness camping every week, we love the freedom we have to step outside any time we want to during our school day, or to adjust our school hours and days to include the things we want to experience outside.
Gwen @ Tolivers to Texas — Treehouse School
You’ll be amazed how much fun you have together and how much you and your children learn outside of the classroom. Multi-decked tree houses with swinging bridges and circular slides aren’t even a requirement…Just some sunshine, a good book, and a healthy dose of imagination.
Melanie @ A Year of Jubilee Reviews — The Great Outdoors . . . Camping as your family grows
There seems to be a natural progression in camping with children. As a young couple with only one small child we were able to squeeze into a small pup tent, cook on the open fire, enjoy the nature walks all while being oblivious to the bugs, humidity and lack of sleep!! Ah to be young again.
Brandy @ Kingdom Academy — Outdoor Adventures
When I sit on the beach and smell the salt in the air, or wander through the woods, I am in awe of this beautiful world God created for us.
Wendy @ Life at Rossmont — Spend Time Outdoors
Nature and revelation alike testify of God’s love…Look at the wonderful and beautiful things of nature.
Amy @ Bow of Bronze — Children Exploring the Great Outdoors
Inspiration can work both ways. What you study can inspire you to get outside, and what you see outside can inspire you to study… During our recent study of birds, my six-year-old exclaimed with great excitement: “Mom, I just saw a bird like that at the beach!” and “Mom, this bird was on our bird feeder this morning!”
Brittney @ Mom’s Heart — Nature Study: Bringing the Outdoors In
One of the hardest things for me to incorporate into our homeschool has been nature study, so I’m learning that starting simple is perfectly acceptable.
Angela @ The Wellspring of Life — Alligator Adventure
Combine the great outdoors with animals, and the kids have found their utopia! For this reason, it was no shock that Alligator Adventure, one of the attractions on our recent vacation, was a hit!
Laura @ Day by Day in Our World — Finding Opportunities to Explore the Outdoors
If there is one thing about living in Alaska, there is no way you can NOT easily get outdoors and explore God’s creation. It is all around you, even in Anchorage!
Karyn @ Teach Beside Me — Nature School
We love being outside for school. Often, when it is nice, we go outside, spread out our blanket and do school in the back yard. We also take lots of field trips that include nature explorations.
Here are some great things you can do to help bring school outside at any time of year…
Marcy @ Ben and Me — Nature Study with an Autumn Scavenger Hunt
Here’s a free printable for your scavenger hunt and tree and leaf rubbings. I hope you and your little explorers enjoy it!
I hope you were inspired to get out into nature this week!