Meet the Author
Welcome, I'm Julie Bartula, the voice behind Nature Inspired Learning. I am a middle school science teacher, turned work from home mom.
Creating engaging resources brings me so much joy. As an nature enthusiast, I love creating activities that you can do with your kids that are inspired by the world around us.
Here on the website, I share resources that you can use as part of unit studies or as fun weekend activities.
Posts include ready to use resources and activities guides you can use in a traditional classroom setting or as homeschooling family.
If you are looking for activities for multiple aged kids, you are in the right spot!
Activities are easy to modify to fit the needs of your individual kids. Ideas for how to involve children as young as toddlers and as old as middle schoolers are also discussed.
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 concepts, then to explore them in a hands-on way. Kids love learning while making crafts, conducting experiments, and reading books.
Activities integrate art, math, reading, and writing in meaningful ways. While integrating subjects, children gain a deeper understanding of concepts and skills.
My Background and Education
I graduated from the University of Maine in 2010 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.
While student teaching in upper elementary classrooms, I fell in love with middle school science.
After college, I went on to teach middle school science for 7 years. Along with middle school science, I have experience teaching middle school math and gym class. And no, I am not very athletic!
Along with a few high school science classes. Including 9th grade physical science, meteorology, and astronomy.
I have worked in both the traditional school setting along with a project based charter school.
Throughout my teaching career, I focused on collaborating with other educators who taught science along with ones who taught other subject areas.
I learned the importance of creating lessons that integrate multiple subjects.
Once my son was born, I made the decision to become a stay at home mom. I have been happily home with my little one ever since.
However, I have missed creating resources and sharing ideas with others. And that is why this blog was started.
The Goals of this Blog
On the blog I teach you how...
Reading a book together or doing an art project can spark a child's interest in the natural world.
Observing clouds can lead to rich discussions about weather, climate, and cloud formation.
Math can be fun when you incorporate topics you children enjoy.
Being a mom 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. Many use minimal supplies which you may already have at home.
Thank you for being a reader of this blog! I appreciate you and am here to help.
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3 Facts About Me
- Growing up, days were spent outside catching frogs and building forts in the woods
- Camping trips are my favorite types of vacation.
- I live for gardening, my perfect day would include digging, rearranging, and planting new plants.