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Nature Journal

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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 a nature walk or an object lesson. A nature journal should have a hard cover for durability and watercolor paper. 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 should include species identification and noted characteristics/observations. Adding embellishments of poetry, quotes, and scripture make each journal entry unique.

Brush drawing is a technique using a detailed paintbrush and watercolor paint. To brush-draw, lightly tap a wet paintbrush on a paper towel after wetting the paintbrush with paint. Brush-drawing is drawing with a slightly damp paintbrush.

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

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