We don’t do nature studies as often as I would like, though in my mind it has far more value than a science curriculum in the elementary years, and honestly, I would still be confident if we don’t do anything else for science but that in the early years.
We’ve reaped so much gleaning from Ms. Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education, and today is no exception of the joys of seeing the fruits of what I’m talking about.
FROM ALIYAH’S NATURE JOURNAL:
It is mid-summer. With the blue skies, cool breeze and warm weather, it is a beautiful day. A male robin, perched on one of our deck posts, was gayfully singing its song.
There are not many cars around here right now so it is very quiet. Another robin, who I can tell apart from the others because of a dark patch on its chest, comes here everyday, and sometimes pulls out a worm.
A rabbit, who we call “Megan,” occasionally comes to nibble on some grass. One time, we got a close-up view of her from the playroom window, but I think we scared her. She’ll be back soon.
Aliyah is ten and I have not done any writing program with her, though that is in the works for the fall. We have never used any spelling program, but she is a strong speller, and a reader. I attribute that mostly to all the excellent books and audio materials that she’s been exposed to. My daughter is not an exceptional student, and she has her challenges, (and so does mom) but this is just to show that there is so much to reap in a CM education, much to remind me of why we home-educate.