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  • Item #: 010791
    ISBN: 9781580174930
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    Learn to slow down and enjoy life as you observe and reflect upon the world around you. In Part One of this book, you will learn what it means to keep a nature journal, how to start exploring, and how to express your thoughts using the written word and drawings. If you're not a great artist, don't panic! This book will help you lay aside your fears as it encourages you to improve your skills through practice.

    Part Two of this manual focuses on the ongoing journal, providing ideas to keep your journal active throughout the changing seasons. Centering a portion of your seasonal observations on a stationary object or place such as the tree across the street, an easily observed park or street corner, or even the moon will lend a sense of continuity to your entries.

    The final section is entitled "Learning and Teaching Nature Journaling." This segment consists of a number of exercises to help the reader gain confidence with basic drawing skills including contour, capturing basic shapes, foreshortening, perspective, and shading. The author has also provided helpful tips to simplify drawing flowers, landscapes, weather, reptiles and amphibians, birds, and other objects which may prove difficult to capture on paper.

    The last few chapters of this section are devoted to the idea of teaching the art of nature journaling to people of all ages, and adapting nature journaling to a group activity. This portion stresses the role of the teacher in creating learning situations that stimulate learners to begin writing or drawing in a journal.

    The book has just a bit of evolutionary content in it, but nothing that can't be avoided. A helpful appendix at the back of the book gives suggested reading, additional resources, and a suggested scale for teachers to assess nature journaling skills. Complete index. - Rachel

  • Item #: 041001
    ISBN: 9781615385331
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    Take a walk, find something interesting (a fallen log, a patch of moss, a beetle) and encourage your child/student to take the time to observe, draw and write about what he sees. Each page has 5 large (dotted half-line) writing lines and a space to draw a picture (about 7 x 4) at the top. Younger students can tell you what they see while you write for them and they draw a picture. Older students can write a few sentences on their own. While you are creating a keepsake, children are learning to be curious about nature and practice their handwriting skills. A few pages at the beginning of the workbook explain some classifications children can include and there are some prompts if you need a little guidance on your nature walk. You dont have to find a lush forest; a yard or park will do the trick! Take a magnifying glass and some colored pencils with you. Each page has a verse from a poem or Scripture at the bottom. Memoria Press, 36pp (26 journaling pages), 8.5 x 11 pb ~ Sara

  • Item #: 069241
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  • Item #: 029725
    ISBN: 9780967245911
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    Now this is something I would have liked to have had on hand when I was younger! Though simply titled as a journal, this substantial (at 173 pages) and attractive journal is so much more. The book is designed to be both a guide and a record for the young nature lover and student while observing animals and plants in their natural habitats. The journal is divided into five "worlds," woodlands, meadows, ponds & streams, seashore, and twilight. These are nicely laid out in a table of contents at the beginning, complete with a list of the activities in that section and a shaded circle for them to check off once they have completed that page. Following several pages of safety tips, hints on sketching in the field, and a list of suggested items to make a "journal kit" to keep with them while out in the field, we jump into the woodland unit. Every two-page spread in a section consists of a different activity to complete while observing in that area, a page or two of informational reading to prepare the student better to find objects or understand them, and blank pages for them to draw and record their findings. For example, in Woodlands, there are "scavenger hunts" where you record your findings in the blanks rather than gathering things. There is space to write descriptions of different kinds of leaves, pages to draw leaves they find or make leaf rubbings, a page for them to write about their special place, hints on how to find decomposers, and pages to draw animal tracks they find. Each section ends with several blank pages for observation notes, sketches, or whatever else they'd like to record. All in all, it's a combination of nature guide, sketchbook, and journal all in one very attractive (and perfectly hand-sized) package. All this wrapped up in a durable hardcover but spiral bound book teeming with illustrations, tempting areas to write, and inviting spots to draw. With these kinds of "prompts" on every page, combined with natural curiosity, learning about nature should be practically effortless!

  • Item #: 018672
    ISBN: 9781580172967
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    This journal is the companion to the above book, Keeping a Nature Journal. It is a hardcover, attractive journal, measuring approximately 7.5" x 10". After a few introductory pages to help you get started, the pages are blanks save for quotes, short ideas, and faint lines for recording notes, dates, and other information alongside your nature drawings. The recommended grade levels could be lowered if you have a younger student who is dedicated enough about the subject to use the journal consistently. - Melissa

  • Item #: 050101
    ISBN: 9780971787452
    Retail: $26.95
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    If you can train yourself in the habit, keeping a nature journal offers not only the opportunity to continually hone artistic skills, but also provides ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, develop a deeper appreciation for nature, enhance penmanship and writing abilities and become a precious keepsake for years to come. This guide takes students lesson-by-lesson through developing their own nature journal and building the skills they'll need to capture examples of nature's beauty. Created by Barry Stebbing, author of the How Great Thou Art courses, these lessons are formatted similarly with short, easy-to-read lessons and a related assignment. There are 47 lessons total, the first segment focusing on assignments that can be done in the classroom, and later assignments which students will get to head outdoors to do. Lessons include designing the journal cover; learning how to appropriately frame the page; creating various tones in green and brown, and drawing specific objects or scenes such as onions, vines or tree trunks, landscapes, night scenes, farm animals, feathers, insects and much more. The lessons are illustrated with a variety of related drawings (both color and black-and-white) by Barry, some of which serve as examples to copy, and others to provide inspiration or examples for students' own drawing. The last piece of the book provides several blank journal pages with lines, a space for an inspiring quote and blank areas for drawing. You'll need a few specific supplies to complete the lessons, including a hardbound journal, a legal pad, a rubber band, colored pencils, a drawing pen, a writing pen, glue stick, tape, washable markers, a #6 watercolor brush (to use with the markers) and semi-gloss paper. Especially if you're not already emphasizing art in your curriculum, a course in nature journaling can provide your students a rewarding, creative tie-in to your science, English or even handwriting program – and get them outdoors to enjoy that sunshine! – Jess

  • Item #: 068492
    ISBN: 9781544924151
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    Need more guidance to create a nature study notebook? Check out this new nature study journal from Funschooling Books. First, get a quick look at how to use the book along with a list of 10 things to think about when you go outside. Then you are whisked into activity pages. An assortment of independent activities is included: for example, drawing and coloring pages; brief research exercises; collecting items and creating nature crafts; spelling and vocabulary review, etc. To supplement these pages, I would recommend a Science Encyclopedia, the Handbook of Nature Study from Anna Comstock or accessing a library. The author does provide space to record additional reading/movie resources used with the journal. Created specifically for Dyslexic Children, and utilizing the Dyslexie Font created by Christian Boer. Children without dyslexia may also find them engaging. This is a fun supplement for your nature studies or to keep learning alive through the summer. Black & White graphics. SC.223 pgs. Non-reproducible. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 009836
    ISBN: 9781780677354
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    Nature journaling comes naturally for some children, but others need a little more guidance to release their inner naturalist. Combining guided activities and free journaling or sketching pages, children will learn about various aspects of our physical world and gain confidence in recording their own observations. Planet Earth, moon and stars, tree identification, flowers, insects, frogs and toads, moths and butterflies, seashells, birds, and more are introduced. While most activities center on drawing and reflecting, a few hands-on activities are included as well: for example, making leaf prints and growing sprout head.

    This nature journal's 8"x 11 ½" size makes it perfect for children to document their nature journey without the limitations smaller journals present. Bright colors, black-line illustrations and well-constructed pages and binding will allow storage of your children's outdoor reflections and memories for years. Sturdy, flexible cardboard cover. 224 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 049864
    ISBN: 9781935495628
    Retail: $29.00
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  • Item #: 069558
    ISBN: 9781908489265
    Retail: $24.99
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    Take your nature studies to the next level with this gorgeously illustrated scrapbook. Young people of all ages will eagerly create a personal keepsake in these scrapbook pages: partially blank pages (for collected items, illustrations and observations) and part instruction manual with field guide notes.

    Beginning with brief tips and the nature explorer code, the book is divided into 4 sections: earth, air, water and useful things. Each section provides a beautiful mix of information and lightly illustrated scrapbooking pages with space to secure or draw personal observations. The Earth section centers on seeds, grasses, flowers, skulls, rocks, minerals and fossils, tree leaves, mammal tracks, etc. Air focuses on clouds, feathers, owl pellets, butterflies and insects, spores, etc. Water emphasizes seashells, tadpoles and pond life, and rain/watery weather. The last section highlights favored monthly finds and field notes.

    Charlotte Mason and nature loving families will find this a wonderful portfolio of Science studies and a beautiful family keepsake. Destined to become a family favorite! Measures 10" x 12". Includes elastic closure. 81 pgs, hc ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 025888
    ISBN: 9781603425315
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    More structured than a nature journal, this "outdoor workbook" is a great tool for families and students who prefer some guided instruction and inspiration as they observe, record, and learn from nature throughout the year. It features a varied, interactive format that kids won't soon get bored with, great forms for observation you can print from the publisher's website, and lots of terrific activity suggestions. The book is divided into three parts: "How to Be a Naturalist," "Learning the Sky," and "Exploring Nature." The first part introduces students to the skills and tools of the naturalist, provides suggestions and forms for setting up a nature journal, offers ideas for observation and appreciation (listing species that live in your neighborhood, making a "nature arrangement" or using observations to write a nature poem), and even includes quick drawing lessons that all culminate in an "field expedition." Because weather plays such a large role in nature, it gets its own chapter, and students are encouraged to draw the sky over different days and times, "read" clouds, draw a weather map, learn why we have seasons, play with shadows, keep a moon journal, discover nocturnal animals, learn three constellations and write a sky poem. The majority of "Exploring Nature" is organized by month (January-December) and provides specific activities and mini-lessons on seasonal nature topics. In March students will learn about the spring equinox, check for life in small pools of water and streams, turn over logs and rocks, draw birds, observe and draw budding twigs, and much more. In August, the focus is on water (the book assumes a family vacation here!) and students learn about the water cycle, find out more about a local stream or river, experiment with water, learn about water creatures, find sources of water in nature, keep a nature journal on vacation, and sleep under the stars. Several forms are provided for all months, including "Nature Notes" and "Nature Quest" forms, and a blank page for a "Picture of the Month." You can print more of these online for ongoing observation projects. Quite a few helpful resources for parents can be found in the appendix, such as safety information, suggestions on how to use nature journals in teaching and how to use the book to meet state curriculum standards, a bibliography (including suggested field guides and books for kids), recommended websites and a list of nature organizations. If you're new to nature studies and looking for some time-saving forms and activity suggestions, this is a resource to consider – and its reasonable enough you may want to get each child their own copy. – Jess

  • Item #: 065082
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  • Item #: 065083
    ISBN: 9781892033338
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  • Item #: 020853
    ISBN: 9781612125091
    Retail: $14.95
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      Author of the beloved Keeping a Nature Journal, offers a dynamic resource for exploring the beauty and the science that is found all around us. Beginning with the foundation of pausing to observe the world, Ms. Leslie provides a beautiful mix of inspiration, information and “try this” activities. Topically, you will learn about the night sky, weather, plants and mushrooms, and various animals. Beautifully illustrated. You will want to keep this nearby for tips, guidance or simply to be inspired in your personal nature journey. Brief references to evolutionary dating. 144 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 007597
    ISBN: 9780970040589
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    Barry Stebbing is a firm believer in keeping an art journal. After all, if aspiring writers are encouraged to keep up a journaling habit, how much more valuable is it to artists as an opportunity to sketch, write, and practice new techniques? This helpful companion offers encouragement and advice to young artists as they begin and develop their own art journals. In the beginning of the book, Barry gives students plenty of reasons to journal, along with tips on how this book will complement other How Great Thou Art instruction books. He also offers instruction on getting started, including how often to journal, how to write descriptive entries that complement the sketches, and more. The remainder of the book is broken up to focus on the parts of the art journal, including penmanship, format, recommended art materials, drawing basics, and using pen and ink and colored pencils. In each section, exercises are included to build both art and writing skills and get artists comfortable drawing different subjects in pencil, pen, or other mediums. Advice, encouragement, quotes, and examples of the author's and other artists' journals are sprinkled throughout, giving the book a leisurely feel instead of a series of assignments. Designed to be an art journaling guide, this is not a complete instructional book, but it can easily be used alongside any How Great Thou Art materials, or even any other art program you are currently using. And why not? The benefits are endless – you're improving your writing and drawing skills while creating a memento you and others will enjoy looking back on for years to come! – Jess

  • Item #: 060452
    ISBN: 9781889538891
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    The art of nature study is immensely pleasurable and educational for our children. However, as parents who've not been taught this art, we often experience doubts of the educational value or even frustration at how to provide a worthwhile study. If this describes you, this book may quickly become your most valuable tool in the pursuit of nature studies. Well organized, the book begins with introducing a naturalist and the tools necessary to be a nature explorer, including details on a well-crafted nature journal. Adding to its value and ease of use, the book is divided into seasonal sections, which begin with a scavenger hunt focusing on the signs of each season. Within each seasonal study, explorations are offered in a variety of settings: woods, city, beach, pond, and meadow. The authors elaborate on the signs of the season in each of these areas and encourage exploration, but the authors provide background details to promote learning for families without access to each locale. Each section also offers information on careers in the field and a variety of activities, including DIY projects, journaling ideas and expanded science studies. Vividly illustrated with over 150 scientifically detailed illustrations of plants, animals and fungi. A wonderful resource for novice or intermediate nature loving family! 120 pgs, hc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 067535
    ISBN: 9781482439113
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  • Item #: 067531
    ISBN: 9781482438406
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  • Item #: 045466
    ISBN: 9780971787445
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    Keeping an art journal isn't just an activity for older kids! Younger children can also benefit from the activity of regular drawing and writing too. Like the Student's Guide to Keeping an Art Journal, this is not an art course, but a guide to learning how to keep an art journal, with some art instruction mixed in. The first half of the book introduces children to an art journal, and provides simple exercises for them to start building their skills, like drawing a picture of a sunny day, practicing lettering with colored pencils and thinking of interesting vocabulary. Drawing lessons follow, with several lines for the student to write something that complements their drawing. The last half of the book is designed for them to use as an art journal. These pages feature a blank space for the date, a block of lines to write on, a vocabulary word with definition, and a large white space for them to draw. A small picture of the book's "mascot," Can-Do the dog often appears as well. With the emphasis on drawing and lettering, you won't need much in the way of art materials here, just a good set of colored pencils (the book recommends Prismacolor) and an extra fine marker pen. 120 pgs, spiral-bound. – Jess

  • Item #: 030042
    ISBN: 9780764933165
    Retail: $16.95
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    Bird watching is one of the most enjoyable aspects of nature studies. Having freedom to illustrate and document what is observed provides many with a fulfilling bird watching experience. Yet, for others, guided observation is preferred. Containing 95 observation pages, observation suggestions, bird feeding tips and numerous other helpful pages, this journal is destined to become your favorite resource for documenting your birding journey.

    Each field observation page provides a line to record the date/time, location, weather, species description, and other miscellaneous information. A small area for a sketch is also included. Beautifully illustrated with John James Audubon art reproductions and containing a ribbon page marker, this book is destined to become a treasured friend. 143 pgs. Paperboard cover. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 038819
    ISBN: 9780385375054
    Retail: $13.99
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      Embark on a fun-filled journey with Jack and Annie! Each adventure begins with a short introduction from Jack and Annie, followed by open-ended questions or activities for your child to journal. Children explore their backyard; embark on a nature hike; map places they’ve been; write a letter to the Mayor; create an amazing invention; write a ghost story and much more. Although a wonderful companion to the Magic Tree House books, familiarity with the stories is not necessary to use the journal. Hardcover book includes stickers, ribbon marker, brightly illustrated pages and a website code for additional journaling pages.144 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 037158
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    Take a look at a hidden world with Nancy B's Black Light Illuminator. This set comes with an easy-grip black light (requires two AA batteries, not included), invisible ink pen, and 22-page activity journal. Use the black light to read invisible messages and look at special features of rocks, insects, flowers, and even security features on money. The journal includes great activities like making gelatin that glows and encrypting codes. The 'detective' in your family can now spend hours revealing unseen mysteries.
  • Item #: 033908
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    This set of three DVDs covers some similar ground as the book course above, but offers some distinct differences. The set of DVDs provides six lessons (each approximately an hour long) which focus on specific drawing topics while the book format contains 47 smaller, more specific lessons. Because of the format and structure of the DVD course, it would work well as a shorter course for use with multiple children or as a family, and the visual demonstrations would be helpful for students (and parents!) that have not had much experience drawing. Each lesson covers some specifics about what to write and how to maintain the journal, along with several drawing assignments that fit a specific topical theme. In the first lesson, viewers get an introduction to keeping a nature journal and will learn what to write, where to draw, and how to mix colors and draw flowers. Lessons 2-6 are centered around drawing trees, landscapes, the four seasons (and the color wheel), insects/butterflies/birds, and "treasures in nature" (pine cones, acorns, etc.), respectively. Each lesson discusses the writing portion of the journal a bit, then turns to drawing exercises, which Mr. Stebbing demonstrates on-camera. Recommended supplies include a hardbound, unlined sketchbook, a set of 12 colored pencils, black pens (different sizes for drawing and writing), water-soluble markers, a brush to blend markers like watercolor, glossy paper for marker drawing, a small drawing board (optional) and small drawing pad (optional). – Jess

  • Item #: 062190
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  • Item #: 065595
    Retail: $12.59
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      Versatile watercolor pencils by General Pencil Co. are great for students to experiment with dry drawing techniques and wet painting effects—all in one product. The pigments are vibrant, apply smoothly with great blendability and are water-soluble, making these quality pencils a nice buy for the classroom price. Try blending the colors with a wet brush, or drawing over a wet wash, or dip the pencil tip into water before drawing for an intense burst of color. These pencils would be a great choice for drawing outdoors and nature journaling. Made in the USA. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 059397
    ISBN: 9781940110578
    Retail: $14.00
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    A field trip can be just about anything: visit a museum, historical colony, recycling plant, ethnic restaurants, zoo, farm, or even a business. How do you get the most out of a field trip? This guide from Apologia helps you plan the outing from learning objectives to those practical details (logistics, safety, maps, etc.). After the first few pages, the rest is all for your student to record their memories. They are encouraged to draw pictures, collect artifacts, document sights, scents & sounds, and summarize the experience. What a great keepsake! Each 2 page spread (14 of them) is for a different field trip memory. Another section is called My Special Spot where the child is told to choose a place somewhere outside and write about it in during each of the 4 seasons. As I See It pages (17 single pages) are for open-ended expression for your student to draw or paste an image that is meaningful to them or include whatever the child desires. Spiral bound, laminated covers (that don't look too young for older students,) 64pp ~ Sara

  • Item #: 033282
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    While not super heavy, this smooth white paper performed beautifully with a variety of markers, including permanent markers, washable markers from several manufacturers, and pens. No bleed-through! I also tested watercolor crayons and water and didn't have any bleed-through. I had minimal bleed-through when wetting down marker drawings to produce a watercolor effect. What a great, inexpensive choice for kids who love to draw with markers, or even for nature journaling with markers and pens. The 9"x12" pad includes 40 sheets of bright white paper.
  • Item #: 065596
    Retail: $9.49
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       Versatile watercolor pencils by General Pencil Co. are great for students to experiment with dry drawing techniques and wet painting effects—all in one product. The pigments are vibrant, apply smoothly with great blendability and are water-soluble, making these quality pencils a nice buy for the classroom price. Try blending the colors with a wet brush, or drawing over a wet wash, or dip the pencil tip into water before drawing for an intense burst of color. These pencils would be a great choice for drawing outdoors and nature journaling. Made in the USA. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 015575
    ISBN: 9780811735681
    Retail: $21.95
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    Immense value is to be discovered in keeping a nature notebook, but have you ever wondered how to create a quality nature journal that will have long lasting impact and significance? Let me introduce you to this exceptional resource. Beginning with…well, the beginning, choosing resources to create your field kit, the author walks you through drawing with scale and using binoculars for nature study, two things not typically covered in a resource for nature journaling. Readers are then introduced to basic and intermediate field sketching techniques, field drawing techniques, field identification including taxonomic identification, and pulling it all together with descriptive note and maps. Intermingled throughout this excellent instruction are sample drawings and illustrations, exercises to develop skills, and descriptive writings. Destined to be a treasured resource for the nature enthusiasts in your family! SC. 150 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 065961
    Retail: $28.40
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       Quality water brushes work great for painting, sketching, nature journaling and more without messes. The easy-to-squeeze barrels feature a flattened shape in the middle preventing roll-off from work areas and a value system allowing for better control of water flow. Fill the brushes with water and use with pan watercolors or tempera cakes, or fill with inks or fluid colors for non-stop painting. This set by Pentel® comes with three brush tips—fine, medium, large—each with a cap. Brushes are 6.5” in length from end of barrel to brush tip. ~ Emily