In fact, with my 2 youngest I have found the confidence to move away from textbooks and toward a more delight-driven, exploratory approach for nature science and investigation.
There will be PLENTY of time for the textbooks in later years. In these elementary years the seasons and their surroundings offer a springboard to all sorts of study.
Why study nature?
THIS BLOG and it's use of Comstock's Handbook of Nature Study have become our favorite guides.
mange. That is why there is no hair on its tail and hindquarters.
What we'd really like to see is a bunch of baby foxes!
To assuage that need for cuteness, we rented the adorable film Fantastic Mr. Fox.
My 10th grader is also studying Natural Science and conducting an experiment on our backyard friends, the squirrels. He's always loved our squirrels and watched them, fed them. So there was already an interest in their habits. He googled to see if there was a believed favorite food of squirrels and decided to test that theory.
Would love to hear how you use your surroundings as inspiration for homeschooling, please comment!
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