Meet the Author
Welcome, I'm Julie, the creator of the blog Nature Inspired Learning. I am a middle school science teacher, turned stay at home mom. Creating engaging science lessons is one of my passions that I feel is worth sharing.
The Mission of the Blog
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.
Making Connections to Deepen Understanding
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 concepts, then to observe them in nature. On the blog, I share easy lessons and activities that you can do with your kids, preschool through elementary school.
Lessons integrate art, math, reading, and writing in meaningful ways.
While integrating subjects, children gain a deeper understanding of concepts and skills.
Exploring Nature with Children
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.
Now that I am a mum, I see how important it is to get outside in nature. Being outdoors, experiencing nature first hand brings people peace and joy.
My Background and Education
I graduated from the University of Maine with a B.S. degree in Education (K-8) with a concentration in science. During college I worked and volunteered in kindergarten all the way up to eighth grade.
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.
I have worked in both the traditional school setting along with a project based charter school.
From the beginning of my career I enjoyed volunteering for after school activities including homework help, mentoring, and DIY Crafting Club.
Throughout my teaching career, I focused on collaborating with other educators who taught science along with ones who taught other subject areas.
Together we planned and created engaging interdisciplinary lessons and projects. I learned the importance of creating lessons that integrate multiple subjects.
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 student teaching in upper elementary classrooms, I fell in love with middle school science.
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.
Easy Ways to Integrate Science
Reading a book or doing an art project can easily turn into a science lesson.
Growing a garden can easily turn into a discussion about seeds, plants, and the needs of living things.
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.
Even a fun coloring page about clouds can lead to rich discussions about weather, climate, and cloud formation.
Pair these experiences with printables, amazing books, and online resources to help solidify science concepts that are explored in real life.
Experiencing Science in Nature
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 to adapt to fit your needs.
Lessons can be done in a traditional classroom setting, homeschool environment, or just as a fun weekend activity with your kids.
- Collecting Data
- Making Observations
- Science Themed Crafts
- Nature Themed Printables
- Going on a Nature Scavenger Hunt
- Create Scientific Drawings or Sketches
- Growing Plants and Tracking Changes
- Science Themed Coloring Pages
- Write a Creative Writing Piece
- Educational Resources
For each activity, I provide ideas and inspiration for how you can get you and your kids outside exploring nature first hand.
The Goal of this Blog
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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