Taking the Early Years Outdoors!

“In this time of extraordinary pressure, educational and social, perhaps a mother’s first duty to her children is to secure for them a quiet growing time, a full six years of passive receptive life, the waking part of it spent for the most part out in the fresh air” (Vol. 1, p. 43).

Even back in the day, a hundred years ago, mothers were feeling the pressure to push their preschool children towards academics and social activities. But Charlotte Mason (one of our favorite educators) advocated an opposite approach that still holds benefits for you today. One of my favorite bits of advice from hers is this: “Give your children a quiet growing time, most of it spent outdoors.”

Her object is to show that the chief function of the child-his business in the world during the first six to seven years of his life-is to find out all he can, about whatever comes under his notice, by means of his five senses; and that the goal of his parents should be to put him in the way of making acquaintance freely with Nature and natural objects.

“Intimate acquaintance with every natural object within his reach is the first and, possibly, the best part of a child’s education.” (Vol.2, p. 261)

One of the greatest things about nature study is that you don’t have to go farther than your own backyard! No matter what the size, your yard holds plenty of opportunities to study nature, physics, chemistry, art and much more! Use this list to help guide you on the amazing journey of discovering God’s world of nature!

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Leaf Study

How Do Leaves Breathe

Square Foot Garden

Flower Dissection

Seed Study

Wildflower Identification

Wildflower Study

Bark

Pinecones

Measuring Plant Growth

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Birds

Bird Nests

Attracting Birds To The Backyard

more tips on bringing birds to your backyard

American Robin

Winter Foods For Birds

Animal Tracks

Animal Tracks ID

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Squirrels

Bats

Tadpoles

Owls

Owl Pellets

How To Attract Owls

Toads

Observing Worm

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Insect Study

Butterflies

Bees

Honey Bees

Benefits Of Insects

Spiders

Spider Webs

Bug Activities

Build A Ladybug House

Tell the temperature with crickets

Ants

Pill Bugs

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Using Clouds To Predict The Weather

Storms

Weather

DIY Weather Station

Make A Weather Vane

Evaporation Experiment

Frozen Bubbles

Measuring Snow

Snowflake Science

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Learn Summer Constellations

Solar Magnification

Solar System

Human Sun Dial

Make A Solar Oven 

Solar Prints

Use the sun’s energy to heat water

Astronomy events

 

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10 Ways To Study Rocks

Dirt Experiment

Make A Compost Bin

Soil Science

Rocks and mineral testing

Sandbox Science

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Backyard Bark Beetles

Great Sunflower Project

Urban Buzz – cicada project

Great Backyard Bird Count

Squirrel Mapper

Monarch SOS

eBird

Bugs In Our Backyard

Dark Sky Meter

Big Butterfly Count

eButterfly

Native Buzz – Bees

Bumblebee Watch

American Kestrel Partnership

Butterflies And Moths Of North America

Yard Map

Project Noah

Nest Watch

Nature’s Notebook

S’COOL – Students Cloud Observations Online

Bud Burst

Fire Fly Watch

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Square Foot Nature Study

Life Under A Log

Patterns In Nature

 

 

 

 

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