Meet the Author
Welcome, I'm Julie, the voice behind Nature Inspired Learning. I am a middle school science teacher, turned stay at home mom and entrepreneur.
Helping fellow mothers teach their kids science is one of my passions that I feel is worth sharing. Creating resources and guiding you through this process brings me so much joy.
Often times parents feel overwhelmed with the idea of teaching science to young children. Teaching science doesn't have to be complicated.
Here on the website, I share easy ways to integrate science education in pre-k through elementary at home. Many activities can even be modified for middle school aged children.
If you are looking of lessons for multiple aged kids, you are in the right spot!
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 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 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.
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.
How I Became a Middle School Science Teacher
My dream was to become a second grade teacher. However, 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.
Now that I am a mom to a 3 year old little boy, I enjoy making and sharing activities that I can do at home with him. Along with lessons that I will do with him once he is older.
Why Science is Important for Young Kids
Now that I am a mom, 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.
Learning science helps kids to make connections with their world. Science helps children form a deeper appreciation for nature.
Easy Ways to Integrate Science
On the blog I teach you how...
Reading a book together or doing an art project can easily turn into a science lesson.
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. Don't hesitate to leave a comment on a post or send me an email. Subscribe to become part of our email newsletter.
3 Facts About Me
- Oak trees are my favorite trees with red maples coming in a close second!
- Camping trips are my favorite types of vacation.
- My husband and I love visiting Acadia National Park and hope to visit one day soon with our son.