What do you get when Google and Charlotte Mason collide? Digital Nature Study!

OK Google, meet Ms. Charlotte Mason’s ideas on learning science through nature. Then, let’s modernize them for today’s world. And now we have . . . {cue drumroll} . . . digital nature study. Seriously, we live in an age where information is available at the touch of a button. We literally carry mini-computers in our pockets! Our… Continue reading What do you get when Google and Charlotte Mason collide? Digital Nature Study!

The fungus that resembles a vintage shade umbrella – the parasol mushroom

The parasol mushroom looks a bit like a button mushroom when it first pops out from the ground in late summer or early fall, but the cap quickly spreads out to resemble the vintage shade umbrella known as a parasol, and these mushrooms are popping up all over our yard right now! You can listen… Continue reading The fungus that resembles a vintage shade umbrella – the parasol mushroom

On Look up in the Sky Day, learn about the amazing constellations

What? You have never heard of Look up in the Sky Day? Well, neither had I until I made it a point to learn about strange holidays this year. Apparently Look up in the Sky Day is celebrated every April 14th and we are going to spend a bit of time tonight looking at the… Continue reading On Look up in the Sky Day, learn about the amazing constellations

Is nature study enough for homeschool science? Your {not so} definitive answer

I am often asked – is nature study enough for our homeschool science plans or do we need to add more hands-on science? And I typically answer: Yes, nature study is enough. And, no, nature study is not enough. To which I get a confused look as a response! So I’ll ask a few follow-up… Continue reading Is nature study enough for homeschool science? Your {not so} definitive answer

3 Simple ways to include nature study into your week

Now that you understand the differences between formal nature study and informal nature study. But a question still lingers – how do you include nature study into your week? Is it the centerpiece? Or just an afterthought? By now, you know that I feel nature study is a beneficial way to learn about science. It can… Continue reading 3 Simple ways to include nature study into your week