Do you live where you can get out into nature? Nature can provide amazing learning experiences. Start in your own backyard, or even a square foot of lawn/soil just outside your door if you can be there alone, or explore a mud puddle, or look up, up, up into the sky—or even step out on your apartment deck or gaze out your window, if you’re on full quarantine—or check out those cobwebs or dust bunnies indoors. Nature is everywhere!
Of course, if you can get out and about in natural spots where you can keep a good distance from others, nature has so many “lessons” to teach—far better lessons than your children will get by filling in workbooks!
But: be sure to practice social distancing, please:
According to the health updates this morning: if you do go out, only go with people who live in your house, and only in groups of 5 or less. If you come across other people on your nature walk, stay at least 2 meters (2 yards) from each other and ideally just nod, smile, and keep going rather than stopping to chat. If your area has stricter rules, including staying indoors, be sure to follow them! That said...
Keeping a record of your family learning is fun and provides great memories!
When we lived on Haida Gwaii, we did home learning for a few years and the kids kept track of their nature activities in our “Home school nature notebook.” You can do the same thing! Here are some examples from my Haida Gwaii Building Bridges site to get you started:
And, if you’re interested in Indigenous perspectives,
… you might like to explore my Haida Gwaii Building Bridges site more. You can check it out here: https://haidagwaiibuildingbridges.com/ Besides nature learning posts, there are all kinds of Indigenous-related posts, poetry, photos, stories, environmental thoughts, and more.
Want to share your children’s/family’s writing and photos on the Haida Gwaii Building Bridges (HGBB) site?
If you’re from Haida Gwaii, or if you’re of Indigenous heritage and you have perspectives that fit that site, I’d love to post writing and photography from your children, youth (and whole family) during this time. You can send me items to post by using the “Contact” button at the top of the HGBB site. If you’re curious about some of my perspectives, who I am, and why I created the HGBB site, check out the “About Me” page as well.
What nature learning activities are you doing during this time when your family is home together more than usual? Be sure to share your ideas in the comments (click on the speech bubble by the post title above). Thank you!
Want to read more great ideas for home learning during Covid19? Check out all the posts in this series: