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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 #: 048066
    ISBN: 9781935495130
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  • 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 #: 048065
    ISBN: 9781935495123
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  • Item #: 014251
    ISBN: 9781935495116
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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 #: 049864
    ISBN: 9781935495628
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  • Item #: 050101
    ISBN: 9780971787452
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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

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  • Item #: 065083
    ISBN: 9781892033338
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  • Item #: 069558
    ISBN: 9781908489265
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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 #: 050259
    ISBN: 9781935495611
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  • Item #: 050258
    ISBN: 9781935495604
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  • Item #: 067535
    ISBN: 9781482439113
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  • Item #: 067531
    ISBN: 9781482438406
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  • Item #: 030042
    ISBN: 9780764933165
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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 #: 015575
    ISBN: 9780811735681
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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 #: 020853
    ISBN: 9781612125091
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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 #: 043962
    ISBN: 9781889538785
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    Heavy on the science side of gardening rather than just the aesthetics, this book holds plenty of both information and projects. There are five chapters – "Living in a Community," "Plants are Essential for Life," "Nature's Garden," "Plants Need Animals!" and "Nature Recycles." Inside these chapters kids will learn about soil and its composition, roots, weeds, friendly and not-so friendly garden insects, photosynthesis, plants as food, trees, flowers and pollination, butterflies and hummingbirds, garden critters, decomposition and composting, the water cycle, and more. Some of the projects include pressing plants, keeping a nature journal, making a root-view garden, planning a garden, making a scarecrow, looking at a soil sample, experimenting with watering, making a bird feeder, observing the wildlife in your nature area, planting a butterfly garden in a window box, and going on a see hunt, among others. The pages themselves are appealing to the eye and engaging, offering a nice blend of colorful illustrations, interesting text, and clear directions for the projects. For any family or child interested in gaining solid knowledge of what goes on in the garden – behind the scenes! 120 pgs. – Melissa

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  • Item #: 068702
    ISBN: 9781539610519
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    Fun-Schooling (Thinking Tree) provides a flexible guide for the children in your family, whether you are looking for a science supplement or way to keep science alive all summer.

    The instructions are simple. Determine the five things you want to know about animals. Go to your local library or bookstore and pick out interesting books about animals. Add a math, science and history book along with pencils, colored pencils and gel pens. Watch the creativity flow! Activities vary and weave together reading, handwriting, creative writing, spelling, classical music, mathematics, science, history, art/drawing, etc. Teaching is minimal. Rather, this a free-flowing resource that allows for expression based on each child’s individual interests. Created for dyslexic children and uses the Dyslexie Font. Black & White graphics. Uncomplicated supplement for your Zoology studies. SC. 269 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • 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 #: 004910
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    Because homeschoolers are such a diverse group, it's hard to find one planner that works for everyone. This CD-ROM offers a wonderful solution - over 150 forms you can choose from to create your own unique planner. You can vary it year by year to match your ever-changing needs. Designed by a graphic artist and homeschool mom, these forms were created to be effective, neat, and time-saving. Simply print out as many of each type as you want, hole-punch them, and stick them in a binder for your personalized planner. While there are too many to list here, here are some highlights: annual plan, high school transcript, daily and weekly checklists, monthly study forms for a variety of topics, nature journal, calendar, allowance tally, babysitter information, birthday list, health, chore chart, contact list, family budget, graph chart, menu planner, project plan, reading goals, math tables, diagrams, and much, much more. It's important to note that although there are many forms, there may be only a single style choice in any one type of form. Win/Mac compatible; requires Adobe Reader (a free download). - Melissa

  • 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 #: 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

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