Creative Nature Study by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Review

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My eyes crinkled into a smile while I glanced through the French doors which lead onto our covered back porch.  It is fall, and my children were having a blast frolicking amongst the fallen leaves dotting our backyard.  They like nothing more than exploring the outdoors during this mild southern season, which is why I jumped at the chance to review a fabulous Creative Nature Study ebook put together by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.

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I was simply amazed by the sheer amount of activities found within this study!  The contributors to this ebook include everything that you need to know when working on nature studies in your homeschool.

After learning about what exactly a nature study is and why do it, I perused the chapters about how to get started, creative walks, creative projects, creative writing, scavenger hunts and more.  An extensive book list and links to internet resources is also included.  The appendixes include some great resources as well, and after printing off a couple of my favorite worksheets and jotting a few notes we were ready to get started.

I called my kindergartener and fourth grader to the front porch and instructed them to hold out their wrists.  They looked puzzled as I slowly wrapped a piece of tape, sticky side up, around their arms.  “Today we are going to take an ‘I See God Walk’ as we look around nature,” I said.  “God is everywhere, and let’s talk about how we see Him through His creation.”

They nodded solemnly.

“But what’s this tape for?” asked my fourth grader.

“You are going to create nature bracelets,” I instructed.  “Look on the ground, and stick special pieces of moss, grass, and leaves to your wrist”

“Oh!”  Her eyes lit up.  My husband and I affectionately call this child our “Tinker-fairy,” and this activity was right up her alley.

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What a fun, yet simple idea!

After collecting items and making bracelets, we continued our “I See God” walk while collecting leaves for leave rubbings and searched the nearby trees for signs of birds.  We circled our home a few times and finally decided that we were out of luck for the day, and I promised we would try again tomorrow.

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Ready to complete the worksheets found in the appendix.

Once inside, my children completed their leaf rubbings as I scrolled through the pages of the Creative Nature Study ebook.  “Would you guys like to make a nature notebook and a bird watching station soon?”

Cheers erupted as their eyes lit up.  “Yeah!”

In short, I would totally recommend this resource to any homeschool mom who was looking for fresh and exciting ideas to integrate into their current nature study.  If you have never completed a nature study with your children, this guide offers a multitude of ideas without being overwhelming.  We are heading to the beach in a few days for a short “road-school” adventure, and I plan on utilizing several activities mentioned in this guide while we are there.  I was very thankful to have been given the opportunity to review this product for The Schoolhouse Review Crew.

I videoed a couple of minutes of our outdoor activities, if you would like to take a look, please click on the link below.

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Written by Nicole

NICOLE CRONE enjoys writing encouragement for moms in which God is glorified at her blog, Children are a Blessing. She is wife to Rusty, and mom to eight sweet children. Nicole has been a homeschool mom for thirteen years, and is currently a member of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew. When Nicole isn’t homeschooling, you can find her writing, reading, sewing, or blogging at www.childrenareablessing.org. She is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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About Nicole

NICOLE CRONE enjoys writing encouragement for moms in which God is glorified at her blog, Children are a Blessing. She is wife to Rusty, and mom to eight sweet children. Nicole has been a homeschool mom for thirteen years, and is currently a member of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew. When Nicole isn’t homeschooling, you can find her writing, reading, sewing, or blogging at www.childrenareablessing.org. She is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

12 Thoughts on “Creative Nature Study by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Review

  1. Michele@ Family, Faith and Fridays on November 18, 2015 at 12:58 pm said:

    Great job Nicole! Welcome to the Crew!

  2. Love your review Nicole. Great job. Welcome to the team.
    Blessings

  3. Fun times ahead, Nicole! Welcome to the Crew! It’s going to be a great year!

  4. Nicole, I thoroughly enjoyed reading through your review. I am heading over to the TOS website now to check out this resource. It looks like you guys had fun!

  5. Wonderful review! Love the nature bracelets! Have a blessed year on the Crew!

  6. Great review and I had to LOL at “Tinker-child”.. Welcome to the Crew!!

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