Hello, I’m so glad you are here. Often times parents and teachers are overwhelmed with the idea of teaching science to young children. Teaching science doesn’t have to be complicated.
Here on the blog, I share easy ways to integrate science education in pre-k through elementary, while exploring nature.
Meet the Author
I’m Julie, the creator of the blog Nature Inspired Learning. I am a middle school science teacher, turned stay at home mom. Creating nature based lessons that incorporate science is one of my passions that I feel is worth sharing.
As a teacher, I learned that children learn best when they can make connections to what they are learning about.
What better way to make connections to science, then to observe it in nature. On the blog, I share easy lessons and activities that you can do with your kids, preschool through elementary school.
These activities integrate math, science, language arts, geography, and art in meaningful ways. While integrating subjects, children gain a deeper understanding of concepts and skills.
Exploring Nature as a Child
Being outside and exploring the outdoors has been a constant part of my life since childhood. My fondest childhood memories include exploring nature around our home and in the woods.
Days were spent making tide pools in the local stream out of moss and rocks. Catching frogs and fish in our pond with my brother and friends.
The Importance of Getting Outside
Now that I am a mum, I see how important it is to get outside in nature. Being outdoors, experiencing nature first hand brings me peace and joy.
My Background and Education
I graduated college with a degree in Education (K-8) with a concentration in science. During college I worked and volunteered in kindergarten, second grade, along with fourth grade through eighth grade classrooms.
After college, I went on to teach middle school science for 7 years. At one point during my career, I also taught middle school math and gym class!
Throughout my teaching career, I focused on collaborating with other educators who taught science and ones who taught other subject areas to create engaging lessons.
I love researching and making fun single day lessons along with multi-day project based assignments.
Electrician, 2nd Grade, then Middle School Science?
As I child, I wanted to be an electrician, like my dad, but later realized that what I really wanted to become when I grew up was a teacher. My heart was set on becoming a second grade teacher. It was a very specific goal of mine!
How I Became a Middle School Science Teacher
Once I worked in a second grade classroom in college, I felt that my passion for science education would be better utilized in middle school.
I noticed that elementary grades had a heavy focus on reading, writing, and math. With very little focus on science education.
While working in fifth grade then sixth, seventh, and eighth grade classrooms, I fell in love with teaching middle school science. And I knew that was where I belonged.
After graduation, I pursued a career as a middle school science teacher and absolutely loved it.
Why Science is Important for Young Kids
Now that I am a mum, I see how easy it is to integrate science into everyday experiences even with young children.
Pre-K and elementary aged kids need to experience science just as much as middle schoolers.
Reading a book or doing an art project can easily turn into a science lesson.
Taking measurements of a plant is an easy way to integrate science with math education.
Studying biomes and ecosystems can tie into a social studies mapping activity.
Throughout my career, I heard from many educators that science is just about skipped until kids reach middle school. Something needs to change.
Young children need to experience nature and science. And not only learn science content, but practice scientific skills.
Learning Science Through Nature
Growing a garden can easily turn into a quick discussion about seeds, plants, and the needs of living things. Observations can be made while the plants continue to grow.
Pair these experiences with amazing books and online resources to help solidify science concepts that are explored in real life.
Experiencing Science in the Real World
Elements from nature and natural settings provide endless learning opportunities. Being a mum myself, I enjoy sharing ideas for how you can get kids not only learning these topics, but outside experiencing them first hand.
The lessons and activities I share are easy and adaptable to fit your needs. I include ways to conduct the activities even if you are living in a city lot or apartment. Natural elements can be collected outdoor then brought inside for activities.
Activities can be done in a traditional classroom setting, homeschool environment, or just as a fun weekend activity with your kids.
How the Blog is Organized
Articles are sorted and organized into categories based on topic. As the blog continues to grow, more topics will be added.
Science Skills not just Science Content
Basic skills including observing, collecting data, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions are the foundation of science education. Content specific vocabulary and concepts can be learned while topics are explored.
My goal is to create easy to follow lessons and activities that give you the confidence to teach young children science.
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