Monday, August 6, 2012

Nature Journaling

The science memory work we will be covering this year makes now a great time to begin a nature journal.  Charlotte Mason once said, "We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his own degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things."

I know we all want our children to see the wonder and majesty in God’s creation, and keeping a nature journal is a great way to help them develop their skills of observation.  Some of the science projects we will be completing in Foundations this fall would be great to add to an existing nature journal or to expand upon at home. 

A nature journal can be as simple or complex as you’d like.  Some children will only want a place to collect loose pages while others might be excited by the idea of elaborate sketch books.  There is no right or wrong way to go about it.

One resource that might complement your science study this year is The Handbook of Nature Study.  I have come also across a few printable resources to share with any of you who may want ideas for beginning a nature journal with your students this year. 

A Variety Journal Pages from Donna Young

Animal Notebooking Page

Burgess Animal Coloring Sheets

Free Nature Notebooking Pages

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