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It is so easy to get caught up indoors, especially as a busy homeschool parent. Let’s be honest- the lessons don’t always go as planned, dinner doesn’t make itself, and those chores just never end. Some days getting outdoors seems near impossible, too. So of course there are many days that planned nature studies are more beneficial. After all, most of us can easily step out back and pick a flower to dissect or find some insects to study. For me, these planned studies are often complemented with printables and worksheets. While I enjoy this type of education for my children and for the sake of my time, it is extremely important to to make time for a more natural experience and let nature be the guide.
You never know what nature will teach.
The world around us is such a beautiful thing to explore; wouldn’t you agree? Any type of nature walk or hike will provide you and your little ones the natural tools to grow their interests in the world around them. This gives you the opportunity to expand their knowledge. These types of spontaneous nature studies will often lead to some very unique lessons. It also will spark some wonderful discussions, observational opportunities, and research sessions once you return home.
As an added bonus the little ones will most likely be worn out! What can you expect from this type of naturally guided study?
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And to read more about how you can let nature be the guide for your homeschool lessons and learn how to get the most from this type of exciting yet educational exploring join me over at Minnesota Country Girl where I have the privilege of guest posting for Summer in the Outdoors: A Homeschool Series of Gardening, Foraging & Nature Studies.