Monday, October 18, 2010

Simple Nature Study with Little Ones



Most of us beginning homeschoolers have a subject area that freaks us out. For me, that subject was science.
I felt as though I didn’t know what to teach or how to teach it…and, as anyone who’s paged through the Rainbow Resource catalog can tell you, the choices are virtually endless.
Add to that the fact that my oldest son seems to be naturally gifted in this area, and my husband’s insistence that we make a special effort to nurture his interest. (Did I mention that during my own school days, science was the one subject that I was the least naturally gifted in?)
Yep. Time to freak out.
So, when our son hit the ripe old age of 4, I purchased a book full of household science experiments (do any of you all remember “Mr. Wizard”?). However, I quickly realized that, as simple as the book tried to make things seem, it wasn’t going to work for us. At least, not yet.
Okay, now it’s really time to freak out…
…or not.
Actually, it was time to do what I should have done in the first place: talk to another homeschooling mom who had more experience under her belt than I did. (You’ll be hearing this one a lot from me. Don’t try to homeschool completely alone. Seriously…just don’t do it.)
She suggested Nature Study.

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