Nature Journals

Charlotte Mason believed that children needed to be outside every day. She felt the child needed the ability to explore their environment without the constraints of the adult always upon them. In this environment they can journal and analyze what is around them fully for themselves.

Even very young children can begin to compose a nature journal. To simply sit outside and color or tape leaves and other items found on daily walks. It's wonderful to see the child develop an awareness of their environment and the thoughtfulness to comment on what they see.

Some creative ideas for preschool nature journals are to take paints outside and let the child paint freely. Alternate the medium the preschooler can experiment with such as, crayons, colored pencils, paint, and chalk. Children are so creative you will be amazed at what they do with what is given to them!

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