Free Nature Study Books & Resources for Charlotte Mason Homeschoolers
This is a list of Nature Study books for Charlotte Mason homeschoolers.
“We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his own 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.”Charlotte Mason
Why Nature Study?
Here’s a few things Charlotte Mason had to say on nature study:
“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
Let them once get in touch with nature and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight and habit through life…Charlotte Mason
Do children keep tadpoles, and silkworms, and caterpillars in these days? Very few have given us the results of their own observations. We have many capital descriptions from books, and that is better than nothing, but the very essence of natural history is that it should, so far as possible, be drawn direct from Nature.Charlotte Mason
Free Nature Study Books for Charlotte Mason Homeschoolers
Free Nature Study Books in the Public Domain
This is the free public domain version of Handbook of Nature Study. Having the physical copy can definitely be a bit easier because this is such a long text.
I would use this book alongside the Nature Study created for it listed below.
This book is filled with information on perennials along with beautiful sketches of each flower.
In this book you will find a year’s worth of gardening, rotation of crops in the garden, and more.
A how-to book of sorts on home gardening.
This book covers tree identification, what trees to plant & why, forestry, and more.
The School Book of Forestry is about trees, forest wildlife, and more.
The Life-Story of Insects has information about life cycles along with beautiful illustrations of each cycle.
Other Free Nature Study Books & Resources
30 Free Nature Study Resources
This list contains 30 Free Nature Study Resources from various websites you can use in your Charlotte Mason homeschool.
This is 32 weeks of nature study lessons from DIY homeschooler using Our Wonderful World (listed above under books.)
There are 10 free nature study lessons in this post by Nature Explorers.
AO Nature Study Rotation uses the Handbook of Nature Study. If you’d like a plan already laid out for you, this may be the way to go.
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