Home - Rainbow Resource Center, Homeschooling Curriculum and Homeschooling Supplies. Where homeschoolers come for home school curriculum

Welcome to RainbowResource.com — Learning Tools for Homes and Schools Serving Home Educators Since 1989

Nature Journal

Language
Search Results for "nature journal"
Items 1 - 30 of 141
  • Item #: 053209
    ISBN: 9781939814562
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $4.35

    The A-C books provide space for drawing with the blank-on-top, bottom-lined pages, along with some all-lined pages.

    Book A (Kindergarten) uses wide double lines.

  • Item #: 053211
    ISBN: 9781939814579
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $4.35

    The A-C books provide space for drawing with the blank-on-top, bottom-lined pages, along with some all-lined pages. Books B usesregular double lines.

  • Item #: 025888
    ISBN: 9781603425315
    Retail: $16.95
    Rainbow Price: $12.50

    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 #: 069558
    ISBN: 9781908489265
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $17.95

    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 #: 048859
    ISBN: 9780975494219
    Retail: $15.00
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

    Fascinating facts about wildlife, coupled with drawing instruction for the beginning nature journalist, make this a perfect supplement to the Handbook of Nature Study or other nature instructional text. Each two- or four-page spread is devoted to a different animal and contains: a good amount of interesting information about the animal; one or more artist-rendered sketches; and step-by-step drawing instructions to sketch the animal yourself. The book was written and illustrated by a husband and wife team, Colleen and Michael Monroe. Colleen is the writer, and she has included interesting and sometimes surprising facts about each subject (did you know that newborn fawns are born with no scent to protect them from predators?). Michael is a nationally known, award-winning (and self-taught) wildlife artist who spends most of his year visiting schools around the country, encouraging children to never give up on their dreams. His love of nature and wildlife is reflected in the sketches which adorn each page. The drawing instruction is detailed, begins with simple shapes, includes written instruction for adding features through the illustrated progression of steps, and ends with a completed sketch that very closely resembles part of the artist's depiction. Two pages of drawing tips, including a mini-lesson on shading, precede the actual text. Subjects include: hummingbirds, birds, ducks, loons, turtles, herons, frogs, rabbits, white-tailed deer, white-tailed fawns, owls, bears, and wolves. The book ends with some simple things you can do to help wildlife like keeping dangerous litter contained, building birdhouses, and planting flowers. The book is about 36 pages in landscape format with a hard cover, making it a little more durable for outdoor use.

  • Item #: SFPGR9
    Retail: $138.52
    Rainbow Price: $106.00

    .

  • Item #: SFPG12
    Retail: $144.16
    Rainbow Price: $101.00

    .

  • Item #: SFPG11
    Retail: $135.19
    Rainbow Price: $97.00

  • Item #: SFPG10
    Retail: $128.10
    Rainbow Price: $93.95

    .

  • Item #: 069241
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $15.75

      Designed to appeal to young girls, this cute set features a spiral-bound 60-page nature journal, a plastic magnifying glass, four little pads of sticky tabs, ten crayons, and stickers. The journal is guided, with spaces designated to paste leaf and flower specimens or to draw your own, along with prompts to describe where and when they found the specimens. If you’re already a seasoned nature-journaling family, this American Girl-branded set may be too cutesy, but for young girls who haven’t tried nature journaling before, this journal would offer an engaging introduction. – Jess

  • Item #: 069158
    ISBN: 9781589383722
    Retail: $9.95
    Rainbow Price: $8.95

     90 pgs. Not Reproducible.

  • Item #: 068492
    ISBN: 9781544924151
    Retail: $27.50
    Rainbow Price: $22.50

    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 #: 068025
    ISBN: 9780990777007
    Retail: $159.95
    Rainbow Price: $139.95

       This is a guide to developmentally appropriate activities in many learning areas – home life/social emotional, math/manipulatives, art/music, science/sensory, language/literacy, outdoor/gross motor, and field trip suggestions. Very little prep is needed to do the activities, just gather the supplies and books listed for a complete introduction with young children or accompaniment to your math and phonics/reading for kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade. Each month (September through May) incorporates a theme and a character trait into the activities, and is 3-hole punched so you can place the pages in a binder for easy access and storage. Printables are included and step-by-step instructions will make it easy for any parent to work through the activities. You should plan on 2 to 4 activities per day, but plan for what fits into your schedule – “flexibility” is the name of this game. 296 pgs, pb.

     

      Within the packet of pages, you will receive a monthly overview printed on card stock that can be hung up so mom can see what they will be covering during the month – a good visual and planning tool. Sections on the monthly overview list the activities to be done in each area of learning. An Introduction to the program explains the philosophy and a list of what will be covered by theme and character trait. The rest of the pages have beautiful photographs, and step-by-step instructions for implementation.

      Let me give you a sampling of one month of the program. The theme for September is “The World I Live In,” and the character trait is “wonder.” Mom’s Toolbox is the first part of every month and this is where some special resources or items will be listed. In September the “Private Eye” loupe and the book Global Art by Mary Ann Kohl are mentioned. Anything found in the “Mom’s Toolbox” section would be good to get your hands on for incorporation later in the lesson. Home Life and Social/Emotional is the first activity section for September and includes the activities of using balloons and a laundry basket to ‘take a hot air balloon ride,’ make a hot air balloon snack, practice your manners by saying please/thank you, clearing dishes after a meal, and planning an emergency exit plan for your home. You can tell already that not all activities will work for all ages, but that’s the beauty – you can adapt as you need to, pick-and-choose as you see fit. The book list for September includes Hot Air, A House is a House for Me, Can You Hear It, Frog and Toad, and He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands. Language and Literacy for September includes tactile letter practice, children developing their own story, and making a book. Math and Manipulatives include activities such as counting and swinging, making a spindle box (counting box), making shapes, a nature math book, and playing a water bottle marble game. Science and Sensory will have your little ones exploring outdoors with simple tools like magnifiers, binoculars, nature guides, etc., making a nature journal and a pendulum, cooking up a batch of herbal tea play dough and creating nature scenes, making an artistic pond, and make a nesting set using cans. Art and Music includes using chicken wire to use as a weaving loom with fabric scraps, making a painting on a long piece of butcher paper, sculpting clay tree faces, using coffee filters to create artistic reproductions, making salt and mirror art, and learning the song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” Gross Motor and Outside has activities to develop ball skills and play games like Squish the bug, Hit the Hula Hoop, Wonder-Ball and running an obstacle course. Field Trip suggestions are touring the local news station or grocery store. At the end of each month is a supply list so you can see everything at a glance for easier preparation; most items will be things from around your home. A page for monthly memories and two planning pages are included at the end of the month, as well.

      Throughout each month, on every page, are photographs of the activities and children performing the tasks mentioned on the pages. Each month follows a similar format, so it’s pretty easy to get into a routine that fits your lifestyle. The Printables are on card stock and include photos, game instructions and game pieces, and other items that are mentioned during the monthly activities.

      Intended to give some guidance but not dictate the schedule, Year of Playing Skillfully can become a partner for you and your family as you begin the educational journey with your young learners. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 067606
    ISBN: 9781908489296
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.25

     Nature studies are a valuable part of science studies, but often younger ones are not ready for the detailed illustrating and research that are a vital part of a nature education. Draw your littles into the love of nature with this delightful activity book. Divided into seasons, activities range from simple drawings, matching, coloring, and spot the differences to scavenger hunts and more. Activities vary in complexity and some youngers may need a little direction as they create a personal nature journal. Includes a nature code introducing safety of self and surroundings. Colorfully illustrated. Answers included in back. 60 pgs, pb. 

  • Item #: 067535
    ISBN: 9781482439113
    Retail: $8.95
    Rainbow Price: $7.25

  • Item #: 067531
    ISBN: 9781482438406
    Retail: $8.95
    Rainbow Price: $7.25

  • Item #: 067530
    ISBN: 9781482438369
    Retail: $8.95
    Rainbow Price: $7.25

  • Item #: 066690
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.75

     Garden of Life includes lots of animal designs, nature & florals. Each has 240 ruled pages, micro-perforated.

  • Item #: 066689
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.75

     Believe in Wonderful includes birds, flowers & encouraging phrases.

  • Item #: 065961
    Retail: $28.40
    Rainbow Price: $18.75

    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 tipsfine, medium, largeeach with a cap. Brushes are 6.5" in length from end of barrel to brush tip. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 065596
    Retail: $9.49
    Rainbow Price: $7.95

       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 #: 065595
    Retail: $12.59
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

      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 #: 065083
    ISBN: 9781892033338
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    7.5" x 9"

  • Item #: 065082
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $6.95

    3" x 5.5"

  • Item #: 062190
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.95

  • Item #: 060452
    ISBN: 9781889538891
    Retail: $12.95
    Rainbow Price: $9.75

    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 #: 053212
    ISBN: 9781939814586
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $4.35

    The A-C books provide space for drawing with the blank-on-top, bottom-lined pages, along with some all-lined pages. BookB usesregular double lines.

  • Item #: 051948
    ISBN: 9781591937777
    Retail: $9.95
    Rainbow Price: $7.50

  • Item #: 051434
    Retail: $5.40
    Rainbow Price: $3.20

    Similar in format to the 5 ½" x 8 ½" Notesketch, this Idea Journal offers a similar page layout at a lower price. It's a 50-sheet art journal, spiral-bound on the left-hand side with pages that are lined on the bottom half and blank on the top half. It's a great format for journaling, nature journaling, creative writing, designing, doodling and more. The back cover is not as sturdy as the Notesketch, but depending on its use, this may or may not be a factor.

  • Item #: 050101
    ISBN: 9780971787452
    Retail: $26.95
    Rainbow Price: $23.95

    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