Nature Study – The Duty of a Christian Homeschooler

Many of you probably already know Jimmie, formerly of One Child Policy Homeschool. She has just opened her new blog called Jimmie’s Collage and we know you’ll want to stop by for a visit!

In transferring posts from her old blog to her new blog, she found the following article she originally wrote in September of 2007. Not only is it a wonderful post, but in case you don’t know, Jimmie lives in an urban area of China where nature study can be quite challenging. We hope her thoughts encourage you to work hard at nature study no matter where you might live! Thank you, Jimmie, for allowing us to repost your article here!

Nature Study – the Duty of Christian Homeschoolers

By Jimmie –

My daughter is learning a catechism. We’ve been reviewing these for about thirty weeks now and something new just hit me!

Very early in the question/answer series are these:

Q: How do we learn about God?
A: God reveals Himself.

Q: Where does God reveal Himself?
A: In His word and in nature.

God reveals himself through His word; therefore, we must study His word. Every Christian knows that. Christian homeschooling families put a high importance on the Bible.

But this is my eye-opener — God reveals Himself through nature; therefore, we must study nature! There is actually a theological reason to study nature! God reveals Himself (His character, law and wrath) through the natural world that He created.

Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead. . . “

If we neglect to study nature, we will probably miss some truths about Him. I don’t want to miss it! I want to learn all I can. And more importantly, I want my daughter to see God through nature. I would never dream of omitting the Bible from our curriculum. Likewise I should not omit the study and enjoyment of nature.

Psalm 19:1-3 “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.”

I am so excited by this discovery. And now as part of our working on the nature journal the next day at home, I’m going to add this question, “Since God reveals His character, law, and wrath through nature, did you sense any of that on our nature walk yesterday? Did God reveal any of Himself to you during that time?”

DD’s answer this week was, “He’s amazing! He made those insects so beautiful!” Yes! God revealed His Divine Creator character to her through nature.

I’m not talking about worshiping nature here. We understand what animism is, and we don’t fit the bill. I’m talking about seeing up the beam of light all the way to God (as C.S. Lewis said).

You know, I blogged about the nature walks mostly because I knew that if I did, I’d be accountable to my readers to DO it. But now I see that I’m actually accountable to God to lead my daughter in the study and enjoyment of nature!

One Comment

  1. Yes, it’s amazing what a catechism will teach, isn’t it? Although we don’t do formal, bookish nature study, we spend a lot of time in immersed in the outdoors. I think I want to make it more intentional using your questions. Thanks!

    Annie Kate

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