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I am look or resources to guide/suggest spark nature journaling for a 7 year-old. I love the stuff at Acorn Naturalist, but there is so much cool stuff, help me narrow it down!

We did very free stuff last year, and I'd like something that gives us more ideas, simple science to incorporate... We have field guides/bird books, etc. I guess I am looking for something like this: http://www.acornnaturalists.com/stor...u-P821C76.aspx

But I don't know if this book will be too advanced or basic, or what... Thank you!

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Have you seen the Take A Walk books? The website is here: www.nostudentleftindoors.com but Rainbow Resource carries them, too.

We love them. There's a lot of information for each "walk" along with note page templates and then the site has lessons to go with.
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http://handbookofnaturestudy.blogspot.com

I love this blog for nature studies

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We put together a journal using a small 3 ring binder. I then took various sized envelopes and punched holes so they would fit. I added some magazine pics of stuff we could study and stuff we had from various trips for decoration. I also put in a pen on a chain, rubberbands to hold stuff and paper clips. We don't use it all the time, but it comes in handy when we are hiking and exploring.

I also use a book called "Hug a Tree"...lots of fun!

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we have 3 kids natue books that we love.
  • usborne first book of nature
  • fun with nature
  • more fun with nature
i got them all very cheap at amazon.

also, homeschoolshare has some journal paper i like (as well as ideas):

http://www.homeschoolshare.com/nature_journal.php

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The Gardening with kids website has great books. My 7 and 6yo will be using the In The Three Sisters Garden book, More Mudpies to Magnets, A Kids Herb Book, reference books on birds, butterflies, trees, etc., Green Thumbs, and I am thinking the Jr. Gardener book, No Student left Inside, and one other on their site...

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Thank you for the resources! Keep them coming!

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National Wildlife Federation has tons of info on their site. Just look under the Green Hour and you should find suggestions. I subscribe to their monthly email and it gets sent directly to my inbox...no need to look it up on the web.

Everyone else gave great suggestions as well. Oh, and I am not sure if you have a nature center near you, but you can take some suggestions from their programs too.

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I like the nature detectives print outs.

Thanks everyone! I'll have to set aside some time this weekend to go through all of these activities! Grazie! :

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My suggestions are fairly old school but they are the "classics" that many naturalists use to put together their programs.

Joseph Cornell's Sharing Nature with Children and Sharing the Joy of Nature

You can read more about them at the Sharing Nature Foundation's Website

ETA: Rachel Carson of Silent Spring fame also wrote a book called The Sense of Wonder that has been invaluable to me in helping my children to appreciate nature.

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My suggestions are fairly old school but they are the "classics" that many naturalists use to put together their programs.

Joseph Cornell's Sharing Nature with Children and Sharing the Joy of Nature

You can read more about them at the Sharing Nature Foundation's Website

ETA: Rachel Carson of Silent Spring fame also wrote a book called The Sense of Wonder that has been invaluable to me in helping my children to appreciate nature.
Very cool! Thank you! :

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http://www.wildernessawareness.org/y..._programs.html they have great books in their store

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That nature detectives site looks very interesting. I'm downloading the booklets too.

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Many state and national parks have Jr. Ranger and Jr. Naturalist programs for kids. My son just got a Jr. Ranger patch and certificate from Thomas Edison House. He had to go to each of the areas of the park and read about that area and put a stamp in his book. When the book was full, he brought it back and got his award. He also has Jr. Naturalist patches from several places along the AT. He is going to Delaware Water Gap in a few weeks so we printed out the guide for that patch. He has to identify some animal tracks, identify four different leaves and find them in the park, and answer some questions about what he sees, hears, and smells. When this book is full he will earn his patch from there. He also got one in Florida at a national park. The projects are usually easy to accomplish in one day. In Florida he had to pick up garbage on the beach, watch a movie, and draw a picture. These activities are all free and the kids learn a lot about that particular area. His backpack is covered with patches that he has earned this way.

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I just thought of Keepers of the Earth
and Keepers of the Animals.

I have these books and really want to order Keepers of Life but I am waiting to see how much of the other two we get through first.

These books have a Native American flavor but the activities and stories are wonderful!

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Many state and national parks have Jr. Ranger and Jr. Naturalist programs for kids. My son just got a Jr. Ranger patch and certificate from Thomas Edison House.
Oh my gosh, thank you! I had no idea! We just visited a local state park and had a great time. I just checked their website and this park does have a Jr Ranger program. We planned on going back anyway. I will have to see if my 7 year old wants to do this. It's his sort of thing. Thanks again!!
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I just thought of Keepers of the Earth
and Keepers of the Animals.

I have these books and really want to order Keepers of Life but I am waiting to see how much of the other two we get through first.

These books have a Native American flavor but the activities and stories are wonderful!
I actually have those in my amazon cart right now. But I hadn't heard reviews. Thanks!

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They are really, really neat. We checked Keepers of Life out from the library last year and I decided that this was one of those books that you just want to own. Then I found the others when I was looking for it. One of the best recent purchases I have made.

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