I was never an outdoor kid. I loved playing outdoors, but as I got older I enjoyed dancing and music more, which were always done indoors. My kids, however, love playing outside every chance they get. Even my little ones love being outside.
Now that we travel full-time, their love for the outdoors has only increased. They love going on walks, exploring the trails in our campground or nearby parks. They enjoy playing sports and making up their own games with new friends. It isn’t unheard of that they will be gone for hours with only minimal communication on the walkie-talkie.
So studying nature and the great outdoors is almost like second nature to us. When we take walks or hikes, we observe the trees and their leaves, we look for animal footprints, and flowers too. Since we have limited space, we take pictures on our phones and then come back to research and find out what we saw.
It’s kinda like a backward scavenger hunt. My kids love these days and learning about nature. They often record their findings in a notebook so they can keep them too. There are many different ways to create a nature notebook and ways to study nature, so find one that works for your child.
If you have the book Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman at home, you can use our Nature Notebook right along with it for an enriching science journey through nature! Using this notebooking journal on nature, students will use a combination of written narration, drawing, and labeling alongside Nature Anatomy – The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World by Julia Rothman to learn all about the Earth, plants, animals, and much more.
Notebooking is a great way to collect and store facts, lessons, drawings, crafts and more about nature. Check out these great ideas and FREE printables to get started.
FREE Classical Nature Study Science Curriculum (Charlotte Mason) from Life Abundantly
Winter Nature Study Ideas for Your Homeschool from Table Life Blog
Nature Study Ideas that Don’t Involve Going Outside from Faith & Good Works
FREE Nature Study Notebook from Sharpening the Hearts and Minds of Children
Winter Nature Study from Mom. Wife. Homeschool Life.
Free Printable Nature Study Notebooking Pages from Teach Beside Me
FREE Fall Nature Study Packet from Mom. Wife. Homeschool Life.
One Small Square Nature Journal from The Crafty Classroom
FREE Herb Nature Study from Holistic Homeschooler
Autumn Nature Study from Holistic Homeschooler
Springtime Notebooking Pages from In All You Do
FREE Lessons for Forest Schools and Garden Classrooms from NurtureStore
FREE Plant Terminology Copywork Notebook from Homeschool Giveaways
FREE Nature Study with Trees and Leaves from Homeschool Giveaways
Life Cycle Printables for Nature Study
From Seed to Plant Life Cycle Unit Study from Faith & Good Works
Mushroom Unit Study from The Crafty Classroom
FREE Sea & Ocean Life Cycles Cut & Paste from Homeschool Giveaways
FREE Plants Life Cycles Cut & Paste from Homeschool Giveaways
FREE Insects, Worms, Snails & Spiders Life Cycles Cut & Paste from Homeschool Giveaways
Flowers and their Life Cycle Unit Study from Mom for All Seasons
Animals & Insect Printables
Nature Study FREE Printable Bird Book from R.E.A.L. World Learners
Insect Nature Study Ideas And Notebooking Pages from Passionate Homeschooling
FREE Insect Nature Study Pack from Mom. Wife. Homeschool Life.
FREE Bird Nature Study Packet from Mom. Wife. Homeschool Life.
Nature Study of Birds Notebooking Pages from The Notebooking Nook
Printable Pages for Bird Observation from Walking by the Way
Backyard Birds Notebooking Pages from Encouraging Moms at Home
FREE Birds Around the World Guided Drawing from Homeschool Giveaways
FREE Printable Animals Tracks Flashcards from Exploration America
FREE Butterfly Unit Study from Homeschool Giveaways
Crafts & Activities for Nature Study
Eggshell Geodes from Table Life Blog
Easy Sunflower Nature Study from Proverbial Homemaker
Winter Nature Study Crafts from Teach Beside Me
Pocket Size Nature Collections from Edventures with Kids
Charcoal Leaf Pictures from Kids Craft Room
Frog Life Cycle Pom Pom Craft for Nature Studies from Adventure in a Box
Nature Name Activity from Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station
Nature Tree from Raising Hooks
Bird Seed and Pinecone Sensory Bottle from Teach Beside Me
Flower Pressing Handicraft from The Charlotte Mason Way
DIY Phenology Wheel for a Simple Preschool Nature Study from Hands on as We Grow
Pretty Nature Collage Suncatcher for Toddlers from Hands on as We Grow
Resources for Older Children
Nature Study for the Older Child from Different by Design Learning
Nature Study Activities for Teens – and How to Make them into a High School Elective from BJ’s Homeschool
Scientific & Nature Study Notebooking Pages from In All You Do
45 Nature Documentaries to Study Nature at Home from Raising Lifelong Learners
Find more homeschool resources on my Pinterest boards!
Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating UNIT STUDIES and FREE PRINTABLES for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about homeschooling, homemaking and marriage while trying to maintain her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers where she shares her tips on homeschooling without breaking the bank.
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