Nature Journaling

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 May-June, 2010 issue of Home Education Magazine. Additional resources from Becky: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Charlie’s Playhouse, and Makedo.

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