““It is infinitely well worth the mother’s while to take some pains every day to secure, in the first place, that her children spend hours daily amongst rural and natural objects; and, in the second place, to infuse into them, or rather, to cherish in them, the love of investigation…”
~ Charlotte Mason
We grew up in an urban jungle. Football fields, playgrounds, and carefully manicured lawns were the extent of the great outdoors. Having moved to the outskirts of said jungle, opportunities to explore nature are more readily available. But, after years of living with concrete, where does a city girl begin? For this gal, it always starts with a book. And some research.
Nature Anatomy, by Julia Rothman is beautifully illustrated and well thought out. Chapters include “Common Ground”, “What’s Up?”, “Come Close”, and more. This is definitely one book you’ll want in your pack when out exploring nature with the family.
While we have a small collection of nature study guides amassing, none are quite as child-friendly as Nature Anatomy. We found each chapter inviting, encouraging, and helpful. Perhaps not as concise as The Handbook of Nature Study, Nature Anatomy does a fine job of presenting information in a way children will feel comfortable and less intimidated by a heftier volume on the topic.
We’ll be using Nature Anatomy both in our own studies and with a local nature group we’ve recently joined. We’re excited to share this adventure with nearby homeschoolers who are also looking for outdoor fun. Prayerfully, this city gal will gain much-needed hands-on experience and get a feel for where she’d like to go with future lessons.
Nature Anatomy is only one of the few books Ms. Rothman has illustrated. You’ll be pleased to find Farm Anatomy and, the upcoming read, Food Anatomy, as well. Do we plan to use either on a regular basis? Probably not. Is that going to stop me from adding them to my lovely collection? Absolutely not! Learning about farming, and food, just might become an occasional portion of our homeschooling routine. If you’re going to buy one, might as well have the complete set, right?
We’ve given a good portion of research time over to this area of study in the past several months. I feel as if we’re playing catch up in this department. Having not given any dedicated time – much less formal lessons – over to nature study, we were unclear as to where we should begin. We’ve uncovered a great many books, this one being the family favorite. Now to put it to good use and start exploring!
“Go to the ant,… Observe her ways and be wise,”
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