Day 2 of the 5 Days of Homeschooling Without Going Insane with the 5 Days of Homeschooling Blog Hop from the Homeschoool Review Crew is here. Are you ready? Yesterday I talked about the bad days that everyone has and how to make them work for you. Today? Well, today I want to talk about Nature Studies and Notebooking!
Notice how both Nature Studies and Notebooking start with N? If you have been following the blog, you know that being Tuesday, today is the blogging through the alphabet day! Annette and I are here with the Letter N this week!
For the letter N, I want to spend some time talking about Notebooking and Nature Studies. These are two things that I took for granted when we started homeschooling. While not being complex at all, they seemed to me that it would take too much of my already valuable time to try and use these two things. Hey, I was wrong!
The first thing I actually started using with the kids was notebooking. I fell in love with the site Notebooking Pages and all the fun stuff that I found there. In fact, I even did a review of their site last year.
I love letting my kids learn what they want to learn when they want to learn it. Notebooking helps me do that. If they find a fun website full of information, I have them write about on the notebooking pages. When Ray Ray finds something he likes, I have him find a page that he likes and let him write, or draw or both about what he is learning. With notebooking, I don't have to stress about what the kids are learning, but I get to watch them learn about what they want and I build off of that.
Notebooking also allows for us to take advantage of sites like SchoolhouseTeachers.com and their new addition, World Book. This new addition to the membership allows me the chance to let the kids explore their interests in a way that I would not be able to afford. If you have not checked this out this part of the site, you should do so! I can't believe how much it has added to our already awesome membership!
After finding out how easy notebooking was, I decided to take another look at nature studies, and you know what, this is another simple thing I had been passing up for too long!
Nature studies is a simple study that allows you to simply take your child outside to pique their interest in learning what is around them. I have currently been fighting with Ray Ray about learning science and looking for a way to introduce science to Little Miss. With nature studies, all I need to do is take my kids outside and they are learning! Notebooking is a great companion to nature studies and we love some of the outdoor themed pages that are available.
We love doing the Outdoor Hour Challenge with the Handbook of Nature Studies. There are so many great challenges here to get you outside, and they expand on the learning in many different ways. I was able to get Ray Ray interested in Science just by bringing him outside and telling him to watch the Robins.
Homeschool doesn't have to be all books and computer work. That is when the learning stops and the arguments begin. Find a fun way to learn and the kids will attack it and not you! My days got so much easier after we started using notebooking and nature studies. I don't know why I waited, but I am glad that we are using it now!
Do you a Letter N post? We would love to hear about it!
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