We Are All Meant to Be Naturalists

We Are All Meant to Be Naturalists

Teach your children to notice the little details in nature. They will astound you with their powers of observation. They will ask questions that you don’t know the answer to, but you can find those answers together. This is the best, most natural kind of learning. Learning that sticks because they own it.

I took the above picture in my front yard. It was a very insignificant weed that hadn’t bloomed yet. Somehow it caught my eye. I leaned down and studied it. I realized that there was beauty here. I got my phone and took several pictures. When I saw the pictures, I was amazed at the beauty and intricacy in this weed that didn’t belong. That was here today and gone tomorrow just like the Bible talks about in Matthew 6:30.

This sort of discovery would be a perfect lead-in to an extemporaneous lesson about Matthew 6:30-33.

“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”
Matthew 6:30-33 (The Message

I think this illustrates the importance of enabling our children to get out in nature often and encouraging them to explore, discover, observe, study, gather specimens, ask questions, use a magnifying glass, and make their own connections with nature and nature’s Creator.

Jesus Taught From Nature

Jesus used parables based on farming and nature to explain how the Kingdom of God works. We can use these same kinds of examples and “parables” to teach our children not only scientific facts but life lessons.

Consider the lilies… and the wildflowers and the weeds. And the birds and the butterflies and the trees. And even the rabbits, the squirrels and the guinea pigs!

God wants us to take care of the Earth. He gave us the responsibility of tending and guarding and keeping it when He told Adam to tend and keep it.

He loves His Creation. And He loves people, the crown of His Creation. We should be teaching our children to love and take care of His Creation.

I think that’s why Charlotte Mason said that we are all meant to be naturalists and to care about the marvels of Creation.

So go out and observe, cultivate, nurture, and take care of the Creation you encounter. You will honor God who made it, and your children will get to know Him and will be more in awe of Him than ever. His works are truly marvelous.

Teach your children to marvel and appreciate the beauty and majesty of Nature.

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