"Today my belief in an integrated learning experience for my students remains resolute. I am confident that such an experience can be developed within the context of the ever-shifting state and federal learning standards. I am convinced that nature study is the child-centered program that can integrate critical thinking skills in science, mathematics, and language arts." - Laurie rubin
- Become a naturalist yourself
- Fit nature study into your weekly schedule
- Pick a secret sit spot for the class to visit throughout the year
- Address safety considerations
- Recruit and organize volunteers
- Use community resources
- Gather equipment and tools
- Find children’s literature about the natural world
- Teach your students how to use nature journals
- Prime your students for a year of nature study
You may access a preview of the book that includes Rubin's introduction, "Why Nature Study," and all of "Chapter 1: Ten Tips for Getting Started on Nature Study." To access the preview, go to the To Look Closely page on the Stenhouse Publishers website. Click on the "Product Preview" link underneath the book cover image.
Rubin describes how to incorporate the Moments of Science teaching practice into a classroom. She shares ways to recruit parent volunteers for nature expeditions, along with suggested guidelines for parents who assist in the field with students. Her book follows the seasons, describing science, math, and writing lessons delivered outdoors.
Stenhouse Publishers. "Laurie Rubin." Online video clip. Stenhouse Publishers. Stenhouse Publishers, 2014. Web. 25 Feb. 2016. Used with permission of Stenhouse Publishers.