5 Winter Nature Study Ideas

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How do you do nature studies when it is so cold outside?

In this post, I’m going to share 5 ideas for your homeschool nature study that you can try indoors.

I am a big fan of nature studies and going outdoors, however, we are in the state of Illinois and in the past week or two we have been in the single digits and even down below zero.

My kids are not able to stay out as long anymore and to be honest me neither.

I’m going to share with you 5 ways I will implement nature studies in our homeschool and you can consider them as well for your homeschool if that’s something you are looking for.

1. Indoor Garden

Number one is to start an indoor garden. We started our indoor garden back last spring and it lasted for just a little while and then we kind of fell away.

I think now will be a great time to start that back up again. It’ll be great for the kids to get their hands dirty again and start planting some micro greens and potted herbs.

The micro greens are great to put in sandwiches, soups, or sauté with a little bit of garlic. YUM!

This is a great way for us to watch vegetables and plants grow inside and harvest nutritious veggies.

We enrolled in an online gardening course because I am not a gardener by any means and that really helped as far as which supplies, soil, seeds, etc. to get and where to buy.

HERE is a great video I found on YouTube on how to get started.

2. Virtual Field Trips

Number two is online virtual field trips. The two that I have found that are really good are Georgia Aquarium and Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Both of them we’ve actually been to physically in the past and are some of the best aquariums in the country.

On their website, they have live cams so you can watch the animals live, but not only that they also have a section just for home educators like us.

They have lots of lessons, study guides, videos, crafts, printables and activity sheets that we can tap into for FREE.

3. Nature Books

Number three is to simply go to your local library and pick out some nature books that you can read together with your kids.

My kids really like the Curious George Discovers series.

One, they love George.

Two, the books tell of the adventures of George so it’s like a storybook but you also learn things like germs, space, plants, and more.

Three, these books explain scientific facts in a way that is easy-to-understand and engage the kids.

Another nature book I like is called the Big Book of Birds. They also have the Big Book of Bugs.

It’s almost like an encyclopedia with pages that have colorful pictures of birds, bugs, or animals. You can flip through the pages with the kiddos and just learn the names or facts on that particular insect or bird.

If you have a hard time choosing nature books, you can always ask the librarian to recommend some for you and your kids.

4. John Muir Laws

Number four is an online website called John Muir Laws. This is a FREE resource where you can learn how to do nature journaling.

If you have a child that likes to draw anything they see outside like birds or trees, they can learn that on this website completely free.

Make sure to check out their zoom lessons, as well as previous lessons. This can be a fun and interactive time for your children.

5. Our Journey Westward

Number five is from a homeschool website called Our Journey Westward.

She has a nice digital curriculum section just on nature studies, that are very affordable. Everything is online so you can print them out and have access to them right away.

She also offers a LIVE membership, called No Sweat Nature Study. It’s geared for 1st-8th graders, 30-60 minutes, twice a month. You can check out the details here.

Wrapping Up

Alright, those are the five ways that I am planning to do our nature studies indoors very soon.

Let me know how’s the weather in your part of the world right now. I hope you are staying warm and healthy.

Xoxo,

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