Many homeschooling methods, such as Charlotte Mason, recommend including nature journaling as a daily or weekly exercise for students. One of the best parts of nature journaling, however, is that it’s an activity for any age, from the very young to adults.
Nature journaling involves recording in a notebook what you see, hear, feel, and experience when out in the natural world. It can be used as a method to collect scientific data through observation, or it can become a way to wind down and relax from a busy, hectic week. Whatever your reasons for journaling, here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Notebook or journal
For younger students, you might also use:
- Colored pencils
- Coloring pages
For older students, you might use:
- Fine-tipped pen
- Colored pencils
- Field Guides
That’s it! The only other thing you need is a quiet place outside. While you can visit a state park or campsite to observe the forest wildlife, you don’t have to. Nature journaling can be done in your own backyard as you study the trees, the birds, and the insects around your home.
The methods used for nature journaling will vary, depending on your child’s age; younger children may include more drawings or photos in their books, while older students may prefer drawing in pen or adding color to their drawings with colored pencils or watercolors. Field guides can also be used to help identify the various plants and animals.
Be sure to encourage your student to write in their journals as well. They might include descriptions of what they saw, notes about how they were feeling that day, or favorite quotes or poems.
There’s no right way or wrong way to nature journal — each journal will be as individual as the person who uses it. So get your children started journaling, and join in! You’ll be observing, learning, and making memories, and you’ll have a record of it to cherish for years to come.
Homeschooling Reading Curriculum by SmartTutor.com
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Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell