Sunday, July 6, 2008

Nature Journals

I've been wanting to start a nature journal with Elijah. That is so right up his alley. He is all about some nature! Anyway I decided to do a nature journal class at co-op.

Nature Journals are diaries or notebooks recording your findings. It can be as detailed, colorful, and poetic as you desire. Our journals will be a speckling of pictures, notes, and poems we find that fit the season. It will become a record of our discoveries, memories, and an extension of ourselves. We will observe nature and learn to look at the details.

I ordered me the Handbook Of Nature Study by Anna Comstock and just got it in the other day so I spent some time pouring over it. I'm overwhelmed with the book. It is 2 inches thick and 887 pages!




I have also have these two books that will be fun to use with our nature studies.






This next book is from a series of books called One Small Square.
Here is a link to a list of all the books in this series.
I have three of the books, Woods, Cactus Desert and Seashore, but of course I want all of them,
especially Backyard, Pond, Swamp and Night Sky.


For our nature journals I'm thinking of 3 ring binders with copy paper 3 hole punched and some not punched, card stock, page protectors, zip lock baggies, colored pencils, clip board and a magnifing glass.
Dividers for different sections:
Birds
Amphibians
Reptiles
Mammals
Insects
Invertebrates
Plants
Trees
Flowers
Weather
Rocks/Minerals
Soil
Sky

Here is the cover Elijah and I made for his nature journal! We can't wait to get started.


I'd love to hear from other's who have done nature journals.

2 comments:

mydogsrule said...

I have to say that I am overwhelmed by the Handbook of Nature Study book also. It isn't the kind of book I thought it was going to be.

Sugga Mama said...

Elijah likes to look at the pictures in it.

I'm going to use the book as a reference.