Nature Study with Nature Anatomy
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When I first started implementing Charlotte Mason’s methods in our school, I was most excited about doing nature studies. But honestly, I had no clue where to start. So I got on Pinterest (my go-to) and searched, “nature studies.” So many posts popped up! It was crazy! But, then I came across Nature Anatomy. The book’s illustrations were gorgeous!! So I immediately ordered a copy!
What can I find inside Nature Anatomy?
There are so many topics covered in this book.
- phases of the moon
- and a lot more!
There is usually one project at the end of each section or chapter. For example, the project for the first section of chapter 4 is leaf printing.
When I got the book, I was so excited, but I still had no clue how to implement it. I needed a game plan. So I started out by buying some sketch pads for each child to use during nature study. (They were cheaper to purchase on Amazon than our local Wal-Mart or Target.) Then we just went with the flow. I tried to pick out relevant topics for the time of the year. I mean… You don’t want to be studying flowers in the middle of December when there are no flowers to look at. Snowflakes in December would be more appropriate for our area. We really just take it one day at a time. Nature study is something that I do not recommend scheduling. It works bests when you let the topic come to you.
I decided to make some Nature Journaling Pages for each chapter that we can easily put into a binder. (Those big sketch pad papers are hard to fit in a binder or notebook, and I really didn’t want to leave them in the sketchpad.) And since it is Fall, this is the perfect time for a study on leaves and trees!! It’s also the perfect weather for some fun hikes with the family. Hence Chapter 4: Take a Hike.
(You can get your copy at the end of this post!)
We started with bugs.
My kids were on a huge bug kick this Summer. They turned over every single rock they could to find all the snails, slugs, and whatever other creepy crawlers that were under there.
My son found a praying mantis in our backyard which led us to this Nature Journal page:
We had some butterflies that loved our flowers in our front yard. That was a fun impromptu study!
We love Nature Anatomy
We have really enjoyed using Nature Anatomy in our homeschool this year. I am so glad that I made the purchase. It is a good resources for nature studies. It gets my kids super excited about the topic, and then we end up reading more books about the topic and watching videos on YouTube and Netflix. I definitely recommend this book for anyone’s home library!
Don’t forget to grab your copy of Nature Journaling pages for Chapter 4. They’re FREE!
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** Update: I have completed all 7 Chapters!
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