YMB #11 All About Nature Study: A Conversation with Cindy West

Cindy West is a homeschooling mother of three and the author of the NaturExplorer series. She joins us on this episode of the podcast to share her contagious enthusiasm for nature study.

She discusses the importance of this sometimes-neglected subject–how nature study helps us develop keen observation skills, teaches us important truths about our Creator, and gives us opportunities to make connections to  subjects like science, geography, and math.

Nature Study in Morning Time with Cindy West: Your Morning Basket

Cindy has an impressive list of simple, meaningful ways to spend just a few minutes of Morning Time on nature study. So, whether you are a seasoned nature enthusiast or someone who prefers to enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of your air-conditioned living room, you will be sure to find some great ideas in this episode.

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The Basket Bonus for today’s show is a printable nature study record for your Morning Time binder. Enter your information to gain access to the Basket Bonus library.


Links and resources from today’s show:

 Shanleya’s Quest: A Botany Adventure for Kids Ages 9-99 Ampersand Press Into the Forest, Nature’s Food Chain Game National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Eastern Region, Revised Edition Handbook of Nature Study Set: The Family Game of Visual Perception (Cover art may vary)

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  • Samara Root says:

    This was a great episode! However I do not see a place to “enter my information” to get the basket bonus. Can you help me? Thanks!

  • Shawn says:

    I loved this podcast! I am inspired and encouraged to look at Nature Study in a new and fun way. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Asha Merkes says:

    Wonderful podcasts. I am so thrilled to implement these in my house. I am wondering if you would ever do a podcast on implementing character/etiquette study in the morning basket.

  • Shu Bredthauer says:

    I want to concur all the positive comments above. This is a real helpful episode on nature study with many tips and inspirations. I am looking forward to trying these ideas with my children.

  • Rachael says:

    Thanks so much for this very inspiring podcast!

  • Shonda says:

    I really enjoyed this episode. I love nature, but I don’t know how to study nature. My husband is very science oriented but doesn’t have the time to teach and train me or the kids. This podcast gave me some great ideas and resources to start learning more about nature with my kids. We are hikers and I would love to be more tuned in to what we see when we go out. I can’t wait to inspire my kids to engage with nature and be more informed and love what God has made!

  • Charlotta Bennett says:

    Dear Pam,

    Love, love , love your podcast!
    It has been such a blessing.
    Do you remember the favorite read-aloud that Cindy mentioned that had them laughing really hard?
    We could use a book like that right now 😉

  • Jessica says:

    I purchased the Early Spring Bundle from Cindy. Excited to get started!

  • Chris says:

    Is the Shanleya’s Quest that is linked above to Amazon both the book and the game? Or just the book?

  • Lauren says:

    I’m wondering if it flows enough to skip over the beginning of Shanleya’s Quest where the author makes references to evolution? I’ve only read about it on amazon, and I can’t borrow it from the library. I’m not going to purchase it if evolution is an essential part of the story. What have others done?

  • Raina B says:

    Loved these ideas, thank you!

  • Daksina says:

    This was such a fantastic podcast! At first I wasn’t sure I wanted to listen to it cos I feel so daunted at the thought of teaching nature study but I am so glad I did! It is so full of amazing, easy ideas that I’ve never come across anywhere before. I feel so much more confident now. Thank you!!

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