Nature Journal

What is a Nature Journal?

As soon as he is able to keep it himself, a nature-diary is a source of delight to a child.

Charlotte Mason

A nature journal is a place to record observations from nature walks or natural object lessons. A nature journal should have a hard cover for durability since it is used outdoors. It should have quality watercolor paper as it will become a keepsake. 

Nature journal entires should include the date and location of the observation and a brush-drawing illustration of the observation.

Older students can include noted characteristics and species identification. Adding embellishments such as poetry, quotes, and scripture make each journal unique.

Brush-drawing is a technique using a detailed paintbrush and watercolor paint. To brush-draw, dip the wet paintbrush into watercolor paint and then lightly tap the brush on a paper towel before painting on the journal. Brush-drawing is drawing with a slightly damp paintbrush.

To start a nature journal, students will need a nature journal and a travel watercolor set.

Discover the joy of including nature journals in your homeschool! 

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