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  • Item #: 010791
    ISBN: 9781580174930
    Retail: $18.95
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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
    Retail: $8.95
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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 #: 014251
    ISBN: 9781935495116
    Retail: $27.00
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  • Item #: 048066
    ISBN: 9781935495130
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  • Item #: 048065
    ISBN: 9781935495123
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  • Item #: 029725
    ISBN: 9780967245911
    Retail: $17.95
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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
    Retail: $19.95
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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
    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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  • Item #: 065082
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  • Item #: 065083
    ISBN: 9781892033338
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    7.5" x 9"

  • Item #: 067531
    ISBN: 9781482438406
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  • Item #: 067535
    ISBN: 9781482439113
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  • Item #: 050259
    ISBN: 9781935495611
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  • Item #: 050258
    ISBN: 9781935495604
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  • 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 #: 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 #: 004910
    Retail: $15.00
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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 #: 060452
    ISBN: 9781889538891
    Retail: $12.95
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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 #: 025888
    ISBN: 9781603425315
    Retail: $15.95
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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 #: 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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  • 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 #: SFPG10
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  • Item #: 065451
    ISBN: 9781937200831
    Retail: $20.00
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       Everything is either living or non-living, and this 8-week study will introduce your student to the systematic way to sort, identify, name and classify all the things on this earth that are alive. Two books are required for use with this study guide: Classifying Living Things and Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth. Students will go through these books chapter-by-chapter and discover the world of living things. Along with these books students will need a pen or pencil, eraser, and colored pencils. Students do the assigned reading and complete the written exercises. Sections 1-3 teach the general information for classifying and sections 4-8 cover each of the five kingdoms.

      The first week students will use Classifying Living Things and begin Tree of Life in the second week. In week one, students do the reading and answer questions. Week two, students read, answer questions, and do a research project on Carolus Linnaeus and write a paragraph about their findings. Week 3 is reading and questions again. Weeks 4 through 8 follow the same format – read and answer questions, choose a single species from the kingdom being studied and classify it, use colored pencils to draw your chosen subject, and write a paragraph describing your subject. There are blank pages at the back of the guide for writing notes. This study is very easy to use, and students will have a good introductory understanding of taxonomy – the classification of living things.

  • Item #: 010470
    ISBN: 9781932012613
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    Birds, bugs, and bats – if it flies, it's explored in this fascinating introduction to zoology! The first portion of the book focuses on birds and their unique characteristics. Kids will learn bird anatomy, how they are able to fly, why they build nests, how they raise their young, and more. They'll also learn to identify the birds they see every day and do activities that explore the habits and preferences of different species of birds. Students will learn about bats, some of the most useful and wonderful flying creatures in the world. As they study the physical characteristics and lifestyle of the bat, they'll gain a new appreciation for these creatures. Finally, kids will get up close and personal to the insect world. They'll learn how to identify and classify the many different types of bugs they see, and they'll even get to design their own experiments with different insect species. Kids will get the opportunity to keep their own field journals as they are encouraged to be their own scientist as they observe and understand the world around them.

  • Item #: 050309
    ISBN: 9781591933182
    Retail: $12.95
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    We began nature studies in our home as part of my young children's early science studies, but as years have passed and early elementary science has transitioned to college level science courses, we are determined to preserve nature studies as an integral part the family routine. One of the greatest joys we have discovered through our nature studies is bird watching. As winter transitions to spring, the thrill of seeing and hearing the robin or the Eastern blue bird brings hope of warmer weather and sunnier days. By journaling your bird watching activities, you will document learning and create a wonderful, personal reference for yearly comparisons. The Birding Journal is destined to become your favorite bird watching companion. Monthly journal pages are organized seasonally and contain space to record your observations: bird species, date, location and notes of special interest. You will also find blank note pages for sketching, water color illustrations, and information tidbits on a variety of birding topics are included. Are you new to bird watching? This book would be a wonderful accompaniment (for older children or Mom and Dad!) to the "Your Backyard: Birds DVD (#49219). A seasoned bird watcher? Allow this book to stimulate creativity in your bird studies. There is much beauty and character to be absorbed the study of nature, in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience." Softcover, 147pgs. ~ Deanne