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Does Your Boy Have a Naturalistic Learning Style?

Those with a naturalistic learning style learn best by being surrounded by the natural world. As you an imagine, there are sometimes issues with this when a child has to be in a school building all day. I am sharing things you can do to help a naturalistic learner in the best way possible.

This article is part of a big series on learning styles that I wrote when I first started the website.  I decided it was time to revisit these articles, update them and add in more information to make them even more helpful for you.

I’m sure you know boys who lean toward the naturalistic style. They are constantly wanting to be outside and likely have many pieces of nature and little creatures that they bring with them when they come inside. They are really happy to live and learn surrounded by nature.

For more information on all of the learning styles you can see our Boys’ Learning Styles Overview.  Getting an idea of the types of learning styles there are, and which ones your boy has, can really help you to help them learn.  It also allows them to learn in a way that works best for them which is much more enjoyable and enriching.

If you want to help your boy learn, take a look this series which delves into learning styles. Find out more about the Naturalistic Learning Style, how to tell if your boy has it, what to provide him with, and places you can take him to honor the way he learns. Click the picture to read more.

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Today we are providing a starting point for learning more about the naturalistic learning style. We will be writing more in-depth articles on how you can help your boy learn while using this information as we more forward.

Keep in mind that we all tend to have two to three learning styles that we lean more strongly toward but we can, and often do, learn in all of the styles.

How You Can Tell if Your Boy Has a Naturalistic Learning Style

When boys are naturalistic learners they learn from the natural world.  They love to be outside taking in all that nature has to offer.  They need a lot of time to explore and work on their projects.  Fresh air and sunshine help these boys be at their best.

Here are some characteristics that he may have. Not all of them need to be present for him to lean toward this style.

  • Is out the door first thing in the morning
  • Likes to care for animals and/or plants
  • Enjoys nature, gardening, hiking or other outdoor activities
  • Sees how everyday actions have long-term consequences
  • Is drawn to non-fiction books on nature, animals, and natural wonders
  • Is sensitive to the natural world
  • Notices things that others miss—pays attention to small details
  • Likely has a pet, or more likely, various pets
  • Cares deeply for animals, plants and the natural world
  • Likes classifying artifacts, animals etc.
  • Enjoys recording changes on graphs/charts
  • May sketch out his observations
  • Makes models and dioramas

What You Can Provide if He Has a Naturalistic Learning Style

  • Access to the outdoors!
  • Magnifying glasses (get a variety,) binoculars, telescope, and microscope (very good first scope)
  • Bug jar, aquarium, and terrarium
  • Maps, and a globe
  • Backyard weather station
  • Great websites or CDs for research of their preferred topic
  • Good camera
  • Pets
  • Garden spot of their own
  • Birdhouses
  • Support of his collections
  • Journal/scrapbook materials
  • Art supplies to capture his observations

Here are a few more items a naturalistic learner may enjoy. Click each image to learn more.
Bushnell H2O 10x42mm Binoculars, Waterproof/Fogproof Roof Prism Binoculars for Boating Nature Guide: Birds: The World in Your Hands (DK Nature Vont 4 Pack LED Camping Lantern, LED Lanterns, Suitable Survival

Places You Can Take a Boy to Honor His Naturalistic Learning Style

  • Ponds, streams, lakes, oceans, beaches, wetlands, forests, deserts
  • Natural history museums, nature centers
  • State and national parks
  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing, rafting, hiking, rock climbing, skiing, camping, scuba diving . . .
  • Zoo, farm, wildlife parks, aquariums
  • Pet stores

It is not hard to help your boy if he has a naturalistic learning style. You can help him find the best way for him to learn and that is the key – finding the way that he feels most comfortable learning.

For additional information on learning styles see our Boys Learning Styles Overview and check out the other things we have to offer by using the navigation bar at the top of the site.