Years ago when I was a young mom and homeschooling novice, I was introduced to Charlotte Mason and Nature Study. At the time we lived on the campus of Cornell University where Russ was doing his graduate work, so we were especially attached to the Handbook of Nature Study written by Anna Comstock. Anna was the first woman ever appointed to the Cornell faculty and the head of the Department of Nature Study. She wrote this book for elementary school teachers in 1911.
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Nature Study is not just for homeschoolers, but for anybody who wants to enhance their ability to see nature and understand it better. It allows for those “teachable moments” when a child finds a snail in the garden and wants to know what it eats or why it has a shell. This is the delightful kind of teaching that I love.