Wild Adventure – Exploring Nature in Homeschool
Get kids excited about learning and show them God’s fingerprints in nature with a Wild Adventure and by Exploring Nature in Homeschool. Henry David Thoreau said, “We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because…We can never have enough of nature.” Homeschooling presents the perfect opportunity for a Wild Adventure with your kids.
Wild Adventure – Our Homeschool
We have made exploring nature an ongoing part of our family homeschool. Homeschooling on this wild adventure, by exploring the natural world around us, has changed our lives for good. As the mom of three boys, I can tell you – once I gave up on the idea that we had to spend our homeschool day sitting still behind a desk – amazing things began to happen. Real learning started taking place, and the boys actually got excited about the idea of learning!
We do our best to strike a balance between disciplined learning – reading, writing, and arithmetic and exploring the world around us. While our boys are required to pick up a pencil and write, and there are certain subjects and materials I do insist on, the time we spend exploring their interests and God’s creation is an invaluable part of their education. Homeschooling is a wild adventure we love.
Ideal Homeschool Day
I am of the opinion that the ideal homeschool day begins with family devotions and bible time. This is the way our Wildlife Adventures Unit Studies are set up. We use Scripture memory and bible verses to practice handwriting. I spend the next hour or so reading out loud about history or science and we discuss it in depth together. We go over some spelling and vocabulary – all on topic – of course. We break things up a bit by moving to the kitchen or patio to conduct an experiment or hands on project. The boys take turns reading parts of the material out loud.
We pull out our pretend passports and stamp them as we look up our next geographic study on the list. We use maps and more to locate the country or state and do more reading out loud. All of our topics are related and so the geographic location goes along with the science or history lesson from earlier in the day. We complete other hands on learning projects and incorporate our grammar and language arts over the next hour. Often times, there is a recipe included with our geography lesson as well, so we may move to the kitchen to prepare dinner – or at least plan for it ahead of time. It’s a great opportunity to talk about the culture as well as the history or science we have been studying.
Then it is time to head outside. While we may not have easy access to the exact animal or type of geographical location as in our unit study – we can take a look at the animals and habitats around us. If we are studying mammals, we look for signs of the mammals in our local area. If we are studying an insect – we look for bugs in our neighborhood, yard, or parks.
The boys can use their binoculars, magnifying glasses and nature journals to sketch and make notes. Pulling out their real explorer tools never gets old and goes a long way towards instilling a love of learning.
I use my voice to show excitement about what we are looking at, and have found it to be extremely effective in garnering excitement from them. Comparing the differences of what we’ve seen to what we’ve been reading about can be done outside or back home.
The rest of the day is devoted to pursuing individual interests (and of course, math). At least a few times each month we will incorporate field trips and weekly socializing with friends and family. Allowing the boys to pursue their own interests and using those interests as a platform in our homeschool has made a huge difference in their desire to learn.
This type of hands on learning technique has worked well for us, and is the basic layout for our Wildlife Adventures Unit Studies. After years of studying in this manner, I began to put them together for other homeschool parents to follow. We are thrilled to be launching our Adventure Homeschool Products!
Adventure Homeschool Products
Our products are designed to make homeschool an adventure and to help kids develop a life-long love of learning. Plenty of hands on projects and a combination of both traditional and interactive methods will help you reach a variety of learning styles.
- Help your children get to know their Creator, through the careful study of His creation.
- This style of Everyday Exploring leads to Extraordinary Learning!
- Give your children a Biblical worldview and a hands on learning experience.
- Make homeschool an adventure they won’t soon forget!
Children are born with a natural curiosity and a desire to explore the world around them. We believe that homeschooling offers the perfect opportunity to tap into that desire. We designed the Adventure Pack, Hands on Learning Tools and our Wildlife Adventures Unit Studies with this in mind.