As a parent or teacher, instilling a love of nature into a child begins with you. I won't lie and tell you it's easy, but positive support will certainly help! The nature study resources below are some of my personal favorites. The goal is to enter into the child’s world, open our eyes to what they see, and to train them (and ourselves) to look deeper, explore further, ask more questions, and always be searching for better answers.Read More
To go along with the series on Nature Journaling for Kids, I thought I'd share two, simple nature journal page printables that may help children better observe the world around them. These pages are best used with younger children or those just beginning nature journaling and can easily be organized to create a beginner's nature notebook.Read More
Due to vast differences in the human species, it is possible that not all children will immediately take to nature journaling. Not all will have a passion for writing or drawing or for icky things and wild places.
In modern society, rare is the child who even has easy access to the natural world. I wish every child (and adult!) had backyard access to a hundred acres with a bubbling creek and a forest teaming with things to discover. But I'm also smart enough to recognize that it is possible that not every child (or adult) would enjoy this lifestyle on a permanent basis.Read More
Charlotte Mason, a British educator and proponent of nature study, encouraged us “to not let the endless succession of small things crowd great ideals out of sight and out of mind.”
All humans are born with a naturally curious disposition, but unfortunately as we grow older, many times this curiosity that feeds wonder is ignored, denied, or buried under mounds of other things until it is no longer active in our lives— at least in a positive way.
“We have all we need to be trained to see and to have our eyes opened before we can take in the joy that is meant for us in the this beautiful life.” Charlotte Mason
Nature study through journaling can stay or reopen the doorway to wonder. Though my own life is testimony that it’s never too late to walk through the door, exploring the pathway to natural wonders in early childhood is the best way to ensure that this innate curiosity is never lost.Read More
"Happy hearts and happy faces, happy play in grassy places. That was how, in ancient ages, children grew to kings and sages." Robert Lewis Stevenson
Nature is an invaluable teacher, and though I did not begin nature journaling until recent years, I have been a strong advocate of making nature a large part of our children's education ever since they were young.
And one is never too young! Though the journaling may not come until later, the earlier you can expose children, even infants, to the priceless experiences of nature, the better their lives will be.Read More
I first heard of nature journaling when our children were toddlers, and Husband and I made the decision to homeschool. I had read Charlotte Mason's series on education and was enthralled by her practice of using nature study as a gentle means to instruct children. Mason's practical applications of this art changed the way I perceived education in a very positive way.
So what do kids need to get started? Thankfully, nature journaling takes few supplies. The main goal when choosing nature study and sketching tools for kids is to keep it simple.Read More