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#1 of 9 Old 03-19-2008, 06:44 PM - Thread Starter
 
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hi...
i'm planning ahead for my dd's curriculum next year. she will be in first grade and almost 7 when school starts in the fall. one of the things i really want to incorporate is a nature journal for my kids (my son will HAVE to have a journal too of course - he's 4). here's what i've got so far....i've got beautiful journal paper with nature borders, and i've got a wonderful backyard to explore, we have parks near-by, sidewalks in my town where we can go on long walks and investigate the world around us, etc. but having said all that - WHAT DO WE JOURNAL ABOUT? i literally need a book or something with 450 ideas for nature book journal entries or something, lol.

my dd would like drawing nature & finding things, but she is just learning to read (via headsprout.com) and although she can write, she would HATE writing a paragraph of something. so i need creative ideas of what and how we do this? i would like it to be more than something we're just making up as we go - ykwim? is there a website with nature journal entry ideas...or can any of you charlotte mason mamas help me out? also, for those of you that utilize nature journals - is it daily or a couple of times of week? not that it matters i guess...i'm just curious. TIA!!

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Go to http://www.flickr.com and do a search for "nature journal". It will pull up stuff from kids and adults.
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What a great idea...
I would use a journal:

*** to make sketches
*** to list things we find
*** make rubbings from the tree trunks, rocks, and leaves
*** to preserve flowers and plants that we like
*** I think a four year old might enjoy tracing things
*** an older child could make up stories about things/birds/animals you see on your walks?
*** I'd also glue in little pockets and envolopes on some of the pages, and collect seeds, little rocks, twigs and whatnot...
*** I might also get nature stickers, and incorporate that into our walks if a child doesn't like to write too much.
*** I'd record weather (temperature? clouds? rain? snow?), and you can use simple picture-symbols to do that

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thanks for the great ideas!! i will definitely use them!!!! i also found some nature journal ideas that were tucked away VERY WELL at homeschoolshare.com here: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/nature_journal.php

i think ( i hope) i'm good to go now!!

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If you're still interested in looking at other stuff:

A Handbook of Nature Study is the CM bible for nature study

Acorn Naturalists is a bookstore dedicated to nature study, ecology and environmental education, and they even have a book called Keeping a Nature Journal.
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We would just bring the notebooks along and my dd was naturally drawn to sit down in the midst of nature and sketch deer tracks or flowers or whatever. I didn't worry about writing or labeling in them at all at this age. As they grow they will probably want to write more near the pictures for their own records and knowledge. I would just have them available and see where your kiddos go with them--and have one for yourself handy to model it to them. :
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You might be interested in this blog link someone sent to me yesterday. I haven't read the whole thing but it looks very interesting and would definitely connect you to other homeschoolers who are doing nature journaling.

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You might be interested in this blog link someone sent to me yesterday. I haven't read the whole thing but it looks very interesting and would definitely connect you to other homeschoolers who are doing nature journaling.

thank you! this blog is wonderful and it links to another blog: http://handbookofnaturestudy.blogspot.com/ it's awesome!! i really love that she recommends focusing on a specific aspect for 6-8 weeks at a time and taking each season or month into consideration. this site will be incredibly beneficial for me. thanks so much!!

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Heres a book I hope to get:
Wild Days: Creating Discovery Journals by Karen Skidmore Rackliffe
http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Days-Crea...6110621&sr=8-1

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