Handbook of Nature Study newsletter I created a brand new printable for helping your children start working in their very own nature journal.
The printable Nature Journal Toppers are a simple way to help a child get over the "blank page" fear by providing a simple prompt.
What is a Nature Journal Topper?
The prompts in the Nature Journal Topper will allow them to cut and then adhere a short nature study idea to the top of any page, then complete the suggestion in their own way. Sometimes the page will include a suggestion for a sketch, a photo, a list, or an observation.
I chose to start with the spring tree Nature Journal Toppers as well as the list prompt provided in the March 2014 newsletter. Allow your child to create a page that fits their style. I used watercolors to paint a background on my page but that is my personal style. I will fill in the page as the month goes by.
Your child can complete as many of the prompts each month as they wish. I am hoping that these Nature Journal Toppers will give you family a little help in encouraging even the most reluctant nature journaler.
I will be including this feature in the up-coming editions of the Handbook of Nature Study newsletter. Some families really enjoy the nature study grids from the newsletter so we may go back to those in the future.
I would enjoy hearing how using the Nature Journal Toppers help your family...leave me a comment or you can share with the OHC Blog Carnival.
Contact me if you have purchased the Spring Nature Study ebook and would like the updated version with all the broken links fixed. email@example.com
Monday, March 10, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
Outdoor Hour Challenge:
This week take some time to observe your neighborhood birds and document in your nature journal a bird you have noticed during the winter at your birdfeeder or in your yard. This is such an enjoyable nature study topic for the whole family. View from your window if you need to and use some of the ideas in the following challenges:
Winter Bird Study from Winter Wednesday - see this post for ideas to use without the Discover Nature in Winter book.
Winter Bird Challenge-focus some of your time on learning about bird migration using a field guide with migration maps
Bird Nature Journal Ideas - use some of these ideas to record your birds in your nature journal
Use some of the ideas in this printable to find items for your children to have access to on your family's nature table.
Bird Themed Nature Table Printable
Getting Started Suggestion:
If you already own the Getting Started ebook, complete Outdoor Hour Challenge #5. Use the ideas in this challenge to start or continue your family's list of birds observed. If you have the ebook, there is a printable notebook page in the back to keep track of your Running List.
You are welcome to submit any of you blog Outdoor Hour Challenge blog entries to the Outdoor Hour Challenge Blog Carnival. Entries for the current month are due on 3/30/14.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Channel Islands National Park - link to the official website. There are many things to do if you visit this national park like hiking, camping, kayaking, whale watching, diving, and learning more about the plants and animals that make their home here.
For the rest of the entry...click back to an archived entry to see super images and lots of details.
Channel Islands National Park
You can read more in this series of posts to learn more about specific national parks:
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Redwoods National Park