Our Nature Study Plans

Our Nature Study Plans

I wrote in a post earlier this week about our initial plans for our Home Ed journey and one of the things that I touched upon was a desire to do a nature curriculum with the children.

I really want the children to have a great understanding and appreciation of the nature around us. We are lucky to live in a country that has clear seasons and times of the year, and I want them to be able to name the things around us. I want them to be able to name the birds and the trees and be confident around insects and bugs.

We are going to follow the Exploring Nature with Children curriculum and I have, this week, purchased the new guided journal. We won’t use all of this, and might not even use it week to week, but I think it will act as a good prompt and I know that Mr D in particular likes having something to work through. Both he and Miss E are endlessly fascinated by the weather so I think it will be good to do something around that with them. Simple things like measuring rainfall and plotting it on a chart so we can see when the months are getting wetter as we move into the autumn.

I am keen to encouarge the children to be creative, and with that in mind I have purchased some A4 notebooks for us all. I am going to keep my own nature journal. I think it will be good to be doing this alongside the children and I am sure I will learn a thing or two as well plus the benefit of them seeing that I am also learning is no bad thing.

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I’ve not got many things ready yet for this study, although there are plenty of things I’d like! I do have a number of books that we will draw on including the beautiful A First Book of Nature (which we really don’t use enough at the moment) and the wonderful British Wildlife which is one I refer to often with the children. This is stunning and is one I think we will use a lot as we embark on this curriculum next month.

As well as these books I have another one that covers birds that I picked up in a charity shop a couple of years back that we have used a couple of times and the fabulous Nature’s Day will be one we refer to as the seasons change I am sure. It’s a wonderful book and one that we have used a lot in the past so I will be happy to see it come out again.

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I have printed off the first two months of the Exploring Nature with Children curriculum and they’re in a ring binder for us to refer to. I also have some plastic tubs ready for the children to collect things in, as well as a magnifying glass for them to use. We have plenty of paper and a new pack of pencil crayons as well as clipboards so we are always prepared if they spot something they want to draw or make a note of whilst we are out. We will of course have the camera to hand, ready to snap any of the creatures and things that we see. I think our first year may take more of a scrap book approach. It’ll be exciting to see how they build on it month by month and year by year.

Have you ever completed a nature journal? If so, what are you must haves and do you have any top tips?

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11 Comments

  1. 18th August 2017 / 22:18

    What a fabulous topic and perfect for this time of year. Your photos are lovely as well.

  2. 19th August 2017 / 08:40

    I was reading about that journal only last night. We don’t home school, but tempted to get it anyway.

    • 19th August 2017 / 15:01

      it’s a lovely thing to have to hand and do together – it’s well worth taking a look at

  3. 19th August 2017 / 10:01

    What a super topic to study, and I’m sure both you and the children will enjoy exploring and learning more about the natural world around them. Good fun! 🙂

  4. 19th August 2017 / 22:16

    So important for children to lean about nature and also develop respect for it. Beautiful pics you have included in this post 🙂

  5. 19th August 2017 / 23:40

    Sounds like a great topic to cover. And also brilliant that you’ll keep your own journal too. I think it’s important children learn about nature and the world around them!

  6. 20th August 2017 / 14:11

    How fun! We did this and my son really enjoyed it. We kept a scrapbook to record all of our finds. I would recommend this little kit too – My Living World Bug Safari Kit. We had one and it helped get up close to tiny insects etc 🙂 x

  7. 20th August 2017 / 19:22

    What a fantastic idea! I love living in a country with changing seasons, so much for little ones to explore and learn.

  8. 28th August 2017 / 08:21

    I live in Sweden and being in (and studying) nature is always a huge part of kids’ lives. They start school later here preferring to pay more attention to playing (and learning) and being in and around nature. There is so much for little one’s to explore – I love it, too!

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