Why do we love nature study for children? Parents get to share the wonder of creation with their kids!
Okay, there are actually a lot of reasons we love nature study:
- Developmentally, children move from the concrete to the abstract—so studying something they can see and interact with is a great start!
- Through nature study, kids develop the foundational skill for the study of all science: observation.
- Most kids LOVE to be outside, especially when we encourage it from a young age.
- Nature study capitalizes on their "natural" curiosity.
Curiosity: The Key to Developing Kids' Love of Learning
Let's look at that last one a bit closer. Curiosity is an incredible motivator for learning.
As a parent you know that from a very early age, kids start asking, "Why?" It's a question we can't always answer, either. Sometimes we may know the answer or at least be able to google it... but sometimes we just have to learn to wonder with our kids. And nature invites us all to do just that.
Nature Study and Animals
The good news is that you don't have to have all the answers. You can learn alongside one another and have fun doing it.
Studying animals is a great place to start! Go to the zoo, get a pet, or simply observe the creepy crawlies in your own neighborhood. Check out local nature centers and try to catch butterflies in your backyard or a park. Watch documentaries and look through books about animals.
It really doesn't have to be hard!
One resource we think your kids will love is Answers in Genesis' Awesome Facts About Animals. Written from a young earth creationist viewpoint, this fun book helps kids see how creative our God is! Filled with beautiful photographs and incredibly interesting facts, it can be a great resource for families no matter how they interpret the Genesis account.
What We Love About Awesome Facts About Animals:
This resource will grow with your children. Little ones will be drawn to the bright photographs and interesting facts. As kids get older, they can do more research about the animals they are most curious about. There's even a simple glossary in the back so they can use it to add definitions to a nature journal or notebook.
The photographs of the animals are stunning. Gorgeous, colorful, up-close photos help your kids see the details of the animals along with bits of their habitats.
The "awesome facts" really are awesome! One definition of awesome is "inspiring great admiration." As your children read about each animal (or you read to them—it's such a fun book to share with your kids!), they'll be pointed to our incredibly creative God. It's apparent that the design of the animals featured in this book could not happen by chance.
You will be fascinated, too! My (Kay's) kids may be grown, but I'm sitting here reading the book because it is so interesting. I can't wait to share it with the little ones in my life. (And I have a feeling I may be "sharing" some of it with my husband, too. Once a homeschooler, always a homeschooler.)
It makes a great gift. When you buy three or more copies at Answers in Genesis you get $3 off each book.
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