Nature school outdoors can take place in your own backyard, or on a big adventure. Have you tried camping with kids? If you are a homeschool mom who thinks she can’t pull off a camping trip on her own, you can! I want to share tips on making that easier, and tips for school in the outdoors.
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Nature School Outdoors – Camping with Kids
These pictures are from a camping trip we took when the boys were younger. There were valuable lessons going on, and the beginning of a lifestyle of learning that we have worked to instill in our boys. School outdoors, and on the go, has become an intricate part of our learning style.
Tips to make it exciting and educational
- Use your voice to set the tone for excitement – your little ones will follow!
- Point out both the big things,like an egret, as well as the little things, like – what he is eating or a tiny bug on a flower.
- Even the small things have an important role to play. In this way, you can begin to point out to your young students that God created each and every critter and plant to serve a purpose.
- It all works together.
- One depends on the other, and that is not by chance or accident.
- Help children see there is a masterful design at work in the natural world around them.
- Use tools and props to make it a big adventure – binoculars, magnifying glasses, backpacks, clipboards.
Tips for moms and camping
- Start with a location fairly close to home
- Use a campground at a county or state park with water and electric
- Keep equipment simple – tent, sleeping bags, blow up mattress & pump if needed, electric lantern and flashlights, folding chairs, cooler, lighter, check ahead about fire wood.
- Prepare some food ahead of time if you don’t have a camp stove – plan to roast hot dogs on sticks, marshmallows, food securely wrapped in tin foil can be heated on the coals.
- If you are camping in an area where there are bears, be extra careful not to leave traces of food around – keep cooler and food in the car! Even raccoons can be quite the bother – it’s best to keep food in the car at night. (Yes, there is a story there for another day)
- Use a broom to clear the tent before breaking down camp, a mat for feet in front of the tent helps too.
- A small stool is handy, when I go to break down the tent. It’s important that I go one step at a time, sweeping away dirt as I fold one layer then another. I’ll sit on my stool and take my time as I need to. With Rheumatoid Arthritis, I need to go slow and steady.
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