I’m sure I’m not the only one who has come across a good idea, thought that they should implement it, but didn’t. That is what happened with nature journaling and our family. I had heard about nature journaling/nature studies from reading articles on Charlotte Mason. The thought of letting kids be outside to explore, observe and study nature on their own was something I strongly agreed with in theory—but just never got around to putting it into practice.
Now I know that they are supposed to be outside observing nature, but on this particular day, DS determined that he was too cold and brought his sample of a non-vascular plant (aka moss) in with him (I’m sure Charlotte Mason would have sent him back outside—lol)
I know others go more in-depth with their nature studies, but this is a good start for us. I’m learning right along with them. In fact, I hope to post my digital versions of nature studies in the near future. For me, my art tool of choice is my camera and I plan to digital scrap my observations. I might even hand over my camera and let the kids give it a try too. Digital scrapbooking isn’t just for adults 😉 Until then, here are some resources I’ve found that can help you start your own nature studies.
Nature Studies/Nature Journaling Resources:
What is Nature Journaling? — lots of links here
Nature Journaling Notebook pages
The Outdoor Hour— wonderful challenge on this blog–also samples of nature study pages