"As soon as he is able to keep it himself,
a nature diary is a source of delight to a child.
Every day's walk gives him something to enter..." --Charlotte Mason
I have seen how keeping a nature diary is a source of delight to children, but now, experiencing that delight for myself has been pure joy. There is something about experiencing and studying God's creation that brings a thankfulness and an "awe" that I cannot describe. I have sat outdoors watching a sunset, surrounded by rolling hills, and nature and I wonder..... how can anyone NOT believe. It's as if everything I see, everything I hear is crying out praises to their creator. As if the bees are buzzing "Majesty", the birds are chirping "Glorious" and the frogs are croaking "Magnificent". Sometimes I listen closely just to see if I can hear the rocks crying out. The only way I can find to savor the moment is to draw what I see and write what I feel.
How to start.....
The best way for me to get inspired to do something is to read about it, to look at examples of other peoples work. These are a few of the books I have that have inspired me in nature journaling. If they are not already a part of your homeschool library you could check your local public library or try amazon.
These are my supplies. Since I am a scrapbooker I already had most of the supplies I needed. You really only need a good pencil and a sketch pad. I love adding color to my pictures though. Most of the time I do so with colored pencils or pastels (chalk). I keep all these supplies in a nice bag that I can carry outdoors with me. I also like to keep some packing tape with me. I love to pick flowers, leaves or feathers up and put them in my sketch pad for an added remembrance. Here is a picture out of my nature journal of a dogwood tree. Remember I'm not a great artist but I want you to see how I taped a dogwood flower and leaf (from our tree in the back yard) onto the pages. You can also take a picture and include that on the pages of your journal. Oh, and I must add that I love the spiral bound sketch pads! Very convenient for drawing!