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Today's post is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. From the first moment I heard about the idea of Nature Journaling, I was captivated by it. All of my life, I have considered myself to be a person uninterested in science. I mean, I enjoy a good experiment or science museum trip as well as the next person, but science definitely doesn't get me excited the way history or literature does.
Then I discovered nature journaling.
And the heavens opened. Suddenly I was John Audobon reincarnated.
Learning how to nature journal has truly become a passion of mine. But, unfortunately, the passion has only reached as far as my pinterest board and handwritten notes and lesson plans. Because the truth is that, as much as I LOVE the idea of nature journaling, I have completely failed at consistently implementing it in our homeschool routine. With 5 children spread out in age from toddler to teenager, I am constantly being pulled in many different directions. And, as much as I love to nature journal, it just always seems to get crowded out by other more "important" things.
Then a few weeks ago, we were camping with a few homeschooling friends. My friend and I were sitting around the campfire discussing school plans for the upcoming year. I read to her a few nature journaling resources I had found in the latest Rainbow Resource catalog. She remarked that she likes to use nature journaling as a short break or "recess" for her younger kids. She sends them outside to journal while she hunkers down with more difficult lessons with her older kids. She was frustrated because her kids often come back inside the house complaining that they couldn't find anything to sketch or record in their journals.
A lightning bolt hit me and I sat straight up in my chair. "What if I created Nature Journal Prompt cards that the kids could keep in a bag with their nature journals and art mediums? What if they were so simple that the kids could use them completely independent of mom's preparation or participation?" She agreed that they would be perfect for her younger children.
And that's when our Nature Journal Prompt Cards were born.
As I began creating the cards, I realized what an amazing tool these were going to be. I realized that one of the main reasons I failed to nature journal consistently with my children was due to lack of time to prepare lessons. After many long hours of research and thought, I had created 52 weeks of simple, yet rich, nature journaling ideas. When combined with a good quality nature journal, a few field guides and colored pencils, I had what I have always wanted: a simple, gentle way to consistently spend time nature journaling with my children.
Here's a little peek at my 9-year-old daughter's nature journal kit. We keep it packed and ready for our nature journaling fun! Our butterfly net is missing because a certain toddler was playing with it and didn't put it away. The hardcover book is an old copy of Emily Dickinson poetry. I love to copy nature poems into our journals!
I recommend purchasing good quality journals with thick pages so your child can experiment with various art mediums. This is the journal that I purchased for the three younger girls to use this summer. It holds up well even with watercolor pencils and chalk pastel.
And here's a picture of the girls using and enjoying their journals this summer.
For your child to get the most out of their Nature Journal Prompt Cards, there are a few resources I highly recommend.
Butterfly Net, Bug Box and Magnifying Glass
Having a variety of quality art supplies is a must! Our nature journals are works of art.
This is the set Miss Caitlyn received from Grandpa & Grandma for Christmas last year and we've been very happy with it.
Also, having good field guides are indispensable! I recommend having tree, insect, bird and wildflower field guides.
There are so many amazing field guides to choose from. These are the ones we personally use.
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