The Good and the Beautiful Nature Notebook Helps Families Explore the Outdoors—FREE for a Limited Time!
Homeschool parents know that a walk outdoors is much more than just a walk—it’s a mood-boosting, exercise-inducing, full-of-wonder learning opportunity for the whole family. Whether the goal of getting outside is to soak in some sunshine and scenery, catch a brain break, seek out some sensory play, or find a fun animal encounter, the Nature Notebook from The Good and the Beautiful helps families explore and reflect.
Now through May 31, 2020, The Good and the Beautiful Nature Notebook PDF is FREE to download. Scroll to the bottom of this post for the download link.
Jenny Phillips, the founder of The Good and the Beautiful, decided to offer the Nature Notebook free during this time of uncertainty while families find themselves having to stay home and activities cancelled.
So many parents say the uncertainty and loneliness of stay-home orders has left some children feeling anxious. Experts have tracked an overall decline in children’s mental health in recent years and say nature can be an antidote. That’s no surprise to families who already love spending time in nature.
The Good and the Beautiful is accustomed to helping parents connect their children to the outdoors. After all, family and appreciation for nature are two of the company’s most basic values. Exploring nature helps children appreciate the wonders of God’s world and brightens days for the whole family at the same time.
A recent study by the Royal Holloway University of London, published in the February 2020 Journal of Environmental Psychology, showed that children’s moods improved after a single session of time outdoors. After a year of weekly learning sessions in nature, their well-being improved significantly.
Since author Richard Louv coined the term “nature-deficit disorder” with the publication of his 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods, families have recognized the need to get children outdoors. For some families screens and scheduled activities often compete for children’s time. Now, with cancellations nationwide, many families—not only homeschoolers—look to the outdoors for a break.
Learning takes a leap forward with time spent in nature, too, according to The Good and the Beautiful owner Jenny Phillips—a notion backed by research.
Young children develop their bodies and minds while they’re jumping in mud and soaking in the sun. They learn cause and effect when they drop a twig in the stream and watch it float.
For older children the effects of nature are just as strong. It’s more engaging to learn biology when you witness it at work in your backyard. It’s more satisfying to study literature when students have experienced what great authors describe about nature.
Parents can get outside and learn and explore right along with their children. The Good and the Beautiful curriculum, including the Nature Notebook, encourages children to notice, to observe, and to appreciate the natural world around them.
“Find a big, beautiful tree, lie under it,” one page instructs. “And observe the tree for at least five minutes.”
Families who have used The Good and the Beautiful Nature Notebook say it is an easy and fun way to engage their children in nature through scavenger hunts, games, poetry, sketching, journaling, crafts, collecting, and more while gently including language arts, handwriting, art, science, and motor development.
Children of all ages can complete the notebook pages with parents or independently. The 117 beautifully illustrated, interactive pages of The Good and the Beautiful Nature Notebook use all of a child’s senses to explore the outdoors, from rocks and leaves to clouds and birds. Each page teaches while children play in and explore nature, including parts of a flower, types of leaves, facts about trees, and more.
Whether it’s for exercise, learning, stress relief, or just a break, spring is a great time to get outdoors. A little fresh air will be good for everyone right now.
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About The Good and the Beautiful
The Good and the Beautiful is a homeschool curriculum company producing over 100 products for preschool through high school, covering language arts, science, history, math, art, a full library of high-quality literature, electives, and more. Their affordable, open-and-go courses teach advanced academics while connecting children to the good and the beautiful in life and in learning.
The Good and the Beautiful was founded by Jenny Phillips, mother of five children, who decided to use her English degree and teaching background to create her own language arts curriculum when she couldn’t find exactly what she wanted for her family. Five years later, the company she and her husband, Daniel, run has over 100 employees and a 29,000-square-foot warehouse and store.
Find FREE Language Arts Course Sets (Levels 1-5), a FREE Marine Biology science unit, and extensive samples at goodandbeautiful.com.
Carrie Fernandez is the founder of Homeschool Giveaways and owner of Daily Skill Building. She has been homeschooling for over 18 years, has two girls and works side by side at home with her awesome husband. She has been saved by grace, fails daily, but continues to strive toward the prize of the high calling of being a daughter of the Most High God.