Summer is a great time to get out into nature. Some families take the summer off of regular school, but that doesn’t mean learning has to end. In fact, this is a great time to get some extra learning in!
We have talked about summer nature studies on the blog before, and I suspect this will not be the last time we talk about it. Summer is the perfect time to take your learning outside of the textbook and learn in a new and fun way.
It is simple to do a nature study. You can grab a nature journal, or you can make one. You can even go without it. This is totally optional. We have done a little of all of it. I have printed up nature study pages for the kids, I have given them plain paper, and I have done a nature study with nothing but nature itself.
We have gone on nature walks and just out to the back yard. It doesn’t matter if you live in town or out in the country. We have done studies at my family farm, and we have lived in city limits for many years. It doesn’t mean that one is better then the other.
You can have a plan, or you can roll with whatever happens. We have gone for a walk with a theme on our minds. This helped us focus on certain aspects of nature. But at the same time, we have gone outside and watched a butterfly on a flower and followed up with learning about what it was doing and how that benefits the environment.
Read more on our blog here:
- Desert Nature Study During Summer
- Butterflies, Birds and Frogs: Nature Study for Your Homeschool
- Nature Study: Migratory Birds
- Exploring Nature with Children
- Nature Journals Round-Up
- Nature Studies
Nature studies are a great way to enjoy summer but still learn, in a fun way. Have you done nature studies with your kids before?