Distinctives

NATURE STUDY – the practice of giving focused attention to the beauty and design of nature in order that they may better know the Designer. In her book, Ourselves, Charlotte Mason says, “From the flower in the crannied wall to the glorious firmament on high, all the things of Nature proclaim. Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty.” Nature Study is taking time to look. From Romans 1:20 we receive the command from God to know Him not only through the special revelation of the Holy Spirit but also through the things He has made, i.e. natural revelation. The character and divine attributes of Christ can be seen in all He has made so much so that men cannot be excused for their unbelief as they are all exposed to some degree to nature. It would, therefore, derive that greater exposure, observation, and study of nature may increase our knowledge of God. Students participate in Nature Walks – a time of quiet observation by experiencing and noting examples of God‘s creativity by seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and sometimes tasting; and record in Nature Journals – notebooks contain nature paintings of specimens collected on Nature Walks or other objects supplied by the teacher.