Saturday, January 10, 2009
Creative Nature Study Book Review
Creative Nature Study is a book soon to be released by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. From the moment I started reading this book, I was so inspired. It made me realize what I have been missing out on for years. Yes, we take occasional walks and observe things, but it's always back to the "classroom" to finish the curriculum I have bought. Deep down I think I have always wanted to use Charlotte Mason's methods but I just couldn't let go of traditional school. This comes from teaching in the school system for eight years. I'm always afraid my son is not really learning in this type of environment or it won't be the right information he's taken in if others ask questions about what he's been learning. Now I realize it's the opposite. I have been holding him back in so many ways. It's time to change that and get out and explore nature the right way!
This book is a must have if you have ever had the desire to do nature studies. There's something in here for everybody. All types of learners! Even those who have allergies to the outdoors. This book is a very easy read, which is really nice when you get a new book and can't wait to dig in and find out what you need to be doing right now. There are so many suggestions, ideas, and resources included. You will be able to walk away and start some sort of nature study right away. In fact, I plan on trying out the wonderful idea of keeping a nature journal through a perpetual calendar this week!
The end of the book includes a wonderful list of books, internet sites, and materials available for sale at the TOS store. This book will be a great resource to me for a long time.