Winter Nature Study Planning Tips

As the winter season approaches, many homeschooling families begin to plan their nature studies. Nature studies are a great way to get kids outside and learn about the world around them, even in the coldest months. Here are a few tips to help you with your winter nature study planning tips.

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Winter Nature Study Planning Tips

Sometimes it’s nice to put aside a formal curriculum in favor of a more relaxed, and interest-led learning approach. Here are some ways that you can easily create a little winter nature study for your kids.

Choose A Focus

What are you and your children interested in learning about this winter? Make a list of possible topics and then narrow it down to one or two that you’ll focus on.

Some suggested winter nature study topics:

  • Study Animal Tracks
  • Start Birdwatching
  • Study Evergreen Trees
  • Learning About Ice
  • Learn About Snow
  • Indoor Nature Study

Find Resources

Once you know what you want to study, look for books, websites, and other resources that will help you. The library is a great place to start, but there are also many online resources available.

Find a novel to go along with your topic. You can do read-aloud or audiobook to listen to together at home or in the car on the go.

TeachersPayTeachers is a great place to find resources at affordable prices to go along with your lessons. If there is something you are interested in, there is most likely a printable on there that you can use.

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Make A Plan

Decide how often you’ll go on nature studies and what activities you’ll do. Will you go for a walk once a week and look for signs of winter? Or will you spend an afternoon tracking animals?

Do you NEED to do worksheets? Nope.
Do you NEED to do a read-aloud? Nope.

The best learning is just going to happen. I think carrying my phone around (and having data with it) has helped us learn more than any curriculum. And we I say us, I’m including myself as well. Nature is full of lessons.

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