My boys do NOT like journaling!
They do not like ‘Nature Study!’
If I use the words ‘a learning experience’ they will run the other way!
BUT if I suggest we put the books aside for the day and go fishing, then I have their attention!
Now before you think, what has fishing to do with nature study? Can I just tell you that my boys can identify all the species of fish found in our waterways?
They know which are native and which are introduced, what seasons, time and weather are best to catch each type, and what they feed on. They know the breeding seasons and can tell if a female fish is heavy with eggs. They have released fingerlings in our dam and are encouraging an ecosystem right here where they live.
They practice catch and release and keep a log of all that they catch. In their spare time they read fishing encyclopedias (yes, there is such a thing!), study waterway maps and watch fishing shows.
Have they learnt anything related to nature? I would say plenty, wouldn’t you?
“More things are learnt in the woods than in books. Animals, trees and rocks teach you things not to be heard elsewhere.”
So, instead of worrying that your teenagers are missing out on the beauty of nature study, let them enjoy being outside! Maybe your boys won’t like fishing, but try bushwalking or rock climbing, canoeing or bird watching. Take them to meet a snake handler or spider expert. If they are artistic, take them to a wildlife art exhibition to inspire them…
BUT if they are anything like my boys don’t tell them it is an ‘educational experience.’
Jo: Wife, Home-school Mum and Homemaker