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    Guest Post: Encouraging Reluctant Nature Students

    Charlotte Mason wrote “We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his own degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things.” (Home Education, page 61) But what can we do if our children just aren’t interested in nature? Irish nature lover and home educator Maireen has written a lovely post describing encouraging reluctant nature students. She has included some of her beautiful photographs of her family. You can see more of her photos on her Instagram. The early years promised to be beautiful and idyllic. We would do as Charlotte…

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    Guest Post: Nature Study – How Can I Teach What I Don’t Know?

    Irish nature lover and home educator Maireen has written a lovely post answering the question “How can I teach what I don’t know?” when thinking about studying nature. I have been chatting recently to a friend about homeschooling and nature study. She said she and her husband had been looking at my Instagram feed and he spotted the post on silk button galls and wondered how I know so much stuff about so many topics. She turned to him and said, you know she uses an app for that? What?!? She said she could hear me tumble off the pedestal in his head. I laughed, I know very little – I…

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    What’s in our bag when we go out for a nature walk? Guest Post!

    Irish nature lover and home educator Maireen has written a lovely post describing what she brings along for a nature walk. She has included some of her beautiful photographs of her family on a nature walk. You can see more of her photos on her Instagram. Maireen lives with her long-suffering husband, their two little girls and a motley collection of animals in the sunny southeast of Ireland where the family have been trying to carve out a little corner of heaven on their acre of land. Maireen spent her early years in the West Indies before the pull of home drew her dad to bring the family to Ireland.…