Here I hope you’ll find the answers to your questions about Wonder-Filled Days Nature Study. If your question isn’t found here, feel free to contact me using the contact form.
My faith is very important to me and as stated by Ann E. McGovern, “I believe the aim of Nature Study is twofold: First to cultivate the higher nature of the child and lead him toward his Creator; and secondly to develop his intellectual powers and lead him to acquire a knowledge of his physical environment.” Because of this, you will find quotes about nature that point to the Creator, recommended hymns and Scripture memory, and poetry selections or poetry questions that are faith-based.
The nature study and journal pages are, however, mainly observational in nature. Each day you will find something to look for or something to do in nature with links to articles or videos to learn more. These links will be to the articles I found most useful or most interesting relating to the subject.
So can you use the nature study in a neutral or secular way? Very easily, but if any religious content bothers you, it’s probably not the right option for you.
No, they don’t. You have two options. You can skip the parts that include writing; the program will still be full of learning and fun memories. You can also scribe for your children. Being a scribe for your child is actually a very effective way to teach writing in the early years. The process of narrating to you what they know helps them to put thoughts and ideas together without being hindered by the act of spelling and handwriting.
It’s written to be used with a wide variety of ages. Nature study is applicable to everyone, but it will look a little different depending on the age of your children. I know people who use it with their three-year olds and I know parents who use it for themselves.
There are journal pages included, which you can skip completely if your kids are really young. They can also do the drawing and they can narrate to you while you write it down. This is actually a great pre-writing activity. Older kids can also keep their own nature journals if the pages seem too juvenile. Having said that, while I feel like recording your time in nature can be a rich experience, I don’t feel like it’s a necessary part of the program.
Here’s an example of an activity about observing insects in a patch of wildflowers and how it can span a wide variety of ages. At the simplest level, this activity would be to see how many insects you can find on a patch of wildflowers. You can expand from there with links included in the study and journaling about it.
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