With all this nature walking and journaling, you’re sure to have a student who is becoming quite observant of the world around him! God created it – and it was good. He took pleasure in His creation. Remind your student of something he has made where he was extremely pleased with the result. Show him that the earth and everything it contains was God’s project, and He was happy with what He had made as well! Near the end of His work, He placed man in the garden to be its loving gardener and to tenderly care for it. It’s our home, and we have a responsibility to be good stewards of it!
You’ve already begun by exploring and falling in love with aspects of God’s creation in your nature walks. Now it’s time to begin studies on Caring for the Earth (or Conservation) with your student. You can research to see what is happening to his favorite areas (water, air, species, forest, etc.) as time passes and people leave footprints. Is there anything (however small it may be) that your family might be able to do to move toward being more loving tenders of the world around you? With older students you might be able to discuss the difference between “users” and “caretakers.” The earth and all it contains, was meant to be cared for and passed on – in good condition – generation after generation. What does your student see happening now?
Continue to make nature walks, drawing and journaling a part of your student’s life. You will find that it leads to both worship and better stewardship! As the teacher, you may wish to read Serve God, Save the Planet by J. Matthew Sleeth, MD. This doctor, with an amazing personal story regarding his own education, has some intriguing points to ponder. You may find that reading this book will help you in guiding your students to some meaningful dialogue and actions. The views in this book are his and his alone and not necessarily held by those of us at Five in a Row Publishing. Just read and ponder!
Also, it does not matter whether you are taking your children on a walk through nature, requesting them to do a nature journaling assignment, or presenting actual classroom science lessons as the object of your endeavor. The goal of your instruction should always be to help your child fall enthusiastically in love with nature! Be careful to find the best way to lead them so that this goal is most faithfully fulfilled. You want to be very sure that they turn toward nature and not away from it.
Being out in nature is vitally important to our well-being. Your enthusiasm, gentle inspiration, sense of adventure and discovery are critically important in leading your children to be nature lovers. Be excited about the bit of information that you are passing off, just like the baton in a relay race. Run to gain the victory: that your children learn to revel in the great creation the Lord made! If you are successful, you will have offered up to them a natural legacy of awesome and glorious proportion.
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