NATURE STUDY

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Nature study starts in infancy and is as simple as going outside for a few hours a day whenever the weather allows it. Encourage your child to use their five senses to explore and learn about the world around them. Nature study is the foundation for all sciences -- biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.
Pick a seasonal nature topic (a local wildflower, tree, or animal) to study for a few weeks. Prepare a weekly object lesson for the children to observe and journal about the subject. You should procure a live specimen, when possible.
Nature journaling is one of the best ways to apply scientific knowledge. It is a place to record observations and knowledge gained. It is a scientific form of narration. The only requirement is the child records once per week, usually after the object lesson.
Once children have had 3-4 years of nature study they have a solid foundation for more advanced science topics. Nature study and object lessons are still used, but less often while science lessons and experiments take two lessons per week. Science topics become more advanced with each form.

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