Nature Journaling for Kids

Journals come in every flavor under the sun. They can be emotional sounding boards, idea notebooks, what-I-did-today-style diaries, reading records, travel logs, sketchbooks, or all of the above, all at once. They can also be used to bring you and your kids closer to the outdoors.

“A field journal is essential to a scientist’s fieldwork,” states the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). The AMNH suggests that for each outdoor expedition, young naturalists record their observations, thoughts, and questions, augmenting entries with sketches, photographs, maps, charts, data lists, bark and leaf rubbings, and pressed specimens. “Your journal will be unique to you, reflecting your personal style…”

Continue reading Becky Rupp’s TOODAY I SAW A RED BERD: Nature Journaling for Kids from the current May-June issue of Home Education Magazine. Additional resources from Becky: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Charlie’s Playhouse, and Makedo.

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One Response to Nature Journaling for Kids

  1. Janet from Creative Writing on November 6, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Good article! Nature journaling is one of the best ways to introduce kids to the concept of journaling, as well as encouraging reflective thought about the created world around them.