To kick of the fall, we have been talking about nature study, and today’s podcast is wrapping up the series with a super fun, highly practical episode. We both fully believe in the value of nature study, but truth be told, it’s not the easiest thing for us to incorporate. For one, we’ve got a gaggle of kids between us with a pretty wide age range, and getting them all to move in one general direction outside is like herding cats.
But also, we live in South Florida where the outdoors is not always so inviting, especially for two middle aged women. (LOL! What? It’s true.) It’s hot and sticky outside, and there are some not so friendly wildlife lurking here, like snakes and fire ants (those things hurt like crazy when they bite you), and even gators.
“The Lord created this beautiful Earth, and we are here to explore it and to marvel in his greatness. And one of the best ways to do that is to go out and see what he's created and be a part of that and recognize the majesty of it.”
But after today’s chat with our guest Amy Roberts, we have no excuse! She has some super practical tips for making nature study a breeze and even bringing it indoors when there’s not enough breeze outside!
Amy is a Christ-follower, devoted wife, homeschooling mother of 10, blogger, conference speaker, podcaster, and author. She inspires the hearts of weary, overwhelmed mamas across the world as she offers practical and encouraging advice to help simplify the path and enjoy the journey of homemaking, homeschooling, marriage, and mothering. You can visit her at RaisingArrows.net.
In this podcast episode, Amy offers practical advice and inspiration for getting out into nature with a large family and really cools ways to bring nature into your house if you’re in an urban environment or just an unwelcoming climate like ours.
And if you leave this podcast as inspired as we were, there are a few ways to connect with Amy online:
“Even if you don't know the name of the tree, you can start to show them the shapes, the way that the veins run in the leaves, the touch, the bark. It's all about your five senses and really observing and recognizing the different aspects of the different things you're looking at.”
In this podcast episode, we talk about using the Merlin Bird ID app to figure out what birds are hanging out in your neighborhood. Check it out! The app comes from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which also hosts the AWESOME Feeder Watch Program that we talk about in the episode.
As you tune in to the podcast, you’ll get to hear our super cool theme music. All of the music on the C2C Podcast was written, performed and produced by Jenni’s daughter Sky. Be sure to visit her on Instagram.
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