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Spiny Orb Weaver

Most of our science for the lower elementary levels we are in is done by nature study.  Going out in nature, observing plants, animals, clouds, trees, and more; reading about animals, studying field guides, drawing things we see in a nature notebook, just paying attention to the marvels of creation.   

A few of my favorite Charlotte Mason thoughts on this topic:

“It would be well if we all persons in authority, parents and all who act for parents, could make up our minds that there is no sort of knowledge to be got in these early years so valuable to children as that which they get for themselves of the world they live in. Let them once get touch with Nature, and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight through life. We were all meant to be naturalists, each in his degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things.”  vol 1 pg 62

“The consideration of out-of-door life, in developing a method of education, comes second in order; because my object is to show that the chief function of the child––his business in the world during the first six or seven years of his life––is to find out all he can, about whatever comes under his notice, by means of his five senses; that he has an insatiable appetite for knowledge got in this way; and that, therefore, the endeavour of his parents should be to put him in the way of making acquaintance freely with Nature and natural objects; that, in fact, the intellectual education of the young child should lie in the free exercise of perceptive power, because the first stages of mental effort are marked by the extreme activity of this power; and the wisdom of the educator is to follow the lead of Nature in the evolution of the complete human being.” vol 1 pg 97

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Mark recently found this Spiny Orb Weaver down in the woods and brought us all down to check it out.  Amazing.  We are constantly in awe of God’s awesome creations when we take the time to  really see them.  To get up close and really check them out.  Then look it up, find out what it is, maybe draw a picture of it, talk about it, just admire it.  Science doesn’t have to be complicated for young children.  It should simply invoke awe, wonder and a sense of appreciation for our Creator.

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