Since we often have to go out and find our nature, I have a set time each week for nature study. It is part of our Theme of the Day schedule and we call it Nature Fun Friday.
We go on a nature walk or scavenger hunt if the weather is nice. On the days we stay home, the kids will usually do a nature page and a craft.
I try to tailor the activities to a current interest. For example, my kids were fascinated with cicadas and loved to collect the empty skins off the trees. In other parts of the country it was time for the 17-year Cicada, so we looked up news reports and watched a couple of videos. They added a cicada coloring page to their nature notebooks, and we finished out the morning by making singing cicadas.
We keep a basket of nature guides sitting out to encourage curiosity. Many a time a child has run in the door and grabbed a book to find out the name of the bug or lizard they just caught. A few of our nature guides are from PaperBackSwap, but I have purchased most of them at library book sales.
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