Nature and Homeschooling

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Did you know that human beings, especially children, are spending less time outdoors than they have in the past? Studies show that American children spend only 4-7 minutes engaging in unstructured outdoor play daily! Research shows that children do better with anxiety, attention, and physical health when exposed to green spaces . One of the many reasons I chose to homeschool my children is to spend more time in nature.  I’ve seen how much getting out in nature has improved my children’s mental and physical well-being.  Spring is almost here! My children and I are looking forward to warmer weather. This past winter was challenging for us. We wanted to get out more, but the “winter blues” got the best of us. Two ways that I like to get motivated again are reading my favorite books on nature studies and taking family nature walks.

Source : Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

We Never Outgrow Nature 

    One of the best things about nature is that it never outgrows you. Every age can enjoy nature together. For children, it is a source of exploration and play. They’ll spend hours climbing trees, playing with mud, or digging in a sandbox. When they are older, family hikes, birdwatching, and identifying plants and animals become fun ways to bond. Nature is a refuge from the business of the world. Teaching children to love and appreciate nature is one of the best things we can do for them. 

Having a Nature Kit for Walks and Hikes

This one includes binoculars, a hand-cranked flashlight, a magnifying glass, insect clamp, whistle, tweezers, butterfly net, and magnifying bug collectors.

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Field Guides

Field guides are great for identifying local plants and wildlife.

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Nature Activity Books

These books are great for helping you learn about the different activities that you can do in nature.

Let’s Play Outdoors! by Carla McRae and Catherine Ard

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Nature Play at Home by Nancy Striniste

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Nature Journals

These are great to document all your nature findings!

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Books on The Importance of Nature

These books are great for learning about the importance of being in nature and the academic studies behind it.

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

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Balanced and Barefoot By : Angela Hanscom

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Vitamin N By Richard Louv

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How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott Sampson

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