In homeschooling, it's easy to see that we stand on the shoulders of giants. I have been blessed over and over by the amazing people who have paved the way for our family -- I could never have done this without the help of many, many trail-blazers, including many people I've never had the pleasure to meet!
In my case, I can safely say that no one has had a greater impact on how we homeschool than MacBeth, and her inspiring and eminently doable suggestions for making Nature Studies a focal point of children's education. MacBeth's now transferring her truly classic posts on introducing children to nature from an old website to her blog, and they are not to be missed!
Few things have given me greater joy in these first 6 years of our homeschool journey than discovering the wonders in our own back yard, and seeing my children immerse themselves in the beauty of God's creation. And it hasn't been terribly complicated: Mostly, it's just been about getting outside for an extended period (in our case, at least once a week for "Nature Monday" -- I haven't posted nearly enough about this and hope to begin correcting that soon), bringing along a decent field guide or two, and seeing what there is to see.
And, oh, there's always something!
If you haven't already seen these, head over to MacBeth's Opinion and check out these three posts -- overflowing both with excellent ideas and fantastic book suggestions -- and get started on some great explorations!