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Everyone has different ideas about notebooking. Some only use traditional notebooking pages. My definition? If it fits in a notebook, it is a notebooking page!
I do not have a formal plan for nature study. I play it by ear according to the season, the weather, and what kind of week we’ve had. We pick a topic, choose some printables to go with it, grab our nature bag, and head out the door.
I’ve learned to make it easy on myself by having a variety of notebooking pages ready to use. If I have to take time to hunt down what I want on the computer and print it out, we are probably just not going to get it done.
Organizing Notebooking Pages
At the beginning of each school year, I print out a stack of interesting nature pages and sort them into a big binder like this. My binder is divided into 5 sections:
- Scavenger Hunts
- Poems/Quotes/Bible Verses
- Journal Pages
I have a huge collection of links for printables that can be used for nature notebooks. I’ve been working hard to update my Nature Notebook Master List. Categories: notebook/journal pages, coloring pages, activity pages, scavenger hunts, lapbooks, learning pages, identification sites, eBooks, and nature websites. Over 200 FREE resources so far!
My kids each have a 1 inch binder for their notebooking pages. Pages that contain specimens or are extra-special get slipped into a page protector. We use paper with a reinforced, hole punched binding for drawings.
What to Put in a Nature Notebook
- notebooking pages
- a lapbook done on separate pages instead of a file folder
- pressed flowers
- leaf rubbings
- coloring pages
- fact sheets
- weather tracking
- nature poems or quotes
- Bible verses
- observation charts
- a calendar with notes of firsts (first bud in spring, first baby duckling sighting)
- scavenger hunt finds
- photos of nature crafts
Our Nature Study Routine
We have a weekly routine that we like to call Nature Fun Friday. What we study is decided by several factors:
- Nice weather – grab a scavenger hunt and go to the park
- Yucky weather – watch a nature video, do some activity pages, or work on a nature craft
- Interests – someone found something cool in the yard (or the pool!)
- Series – we spent a few weeks working through a Texas insects activity book
Nature study doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. Explore and have fun!
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