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February 19, 2007

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ellie

I wouldn't get too perturbed over this. It's actually just one more example of why homeschooling is so wonferful. You find the glove that fits the hand you've been given. No need to worry about it, if it's not "broke."

I'm not saying DON'T do the nature journals... just rest in the fact that you know what's been working well for your family!

Of course we should all try to stretch ourselves a bit, but not at the expense of our sanity as many mothers do. All things in their proper perspective I suppose... I'm sure you already knew that! ;o)

Meredith

WE have markedly stepped up our nature journaling as of late as well, let's check back in with each other in a month and see how it's going ; ) Thanks for the CM Daughters link, I'm excited to explore it!!

Mama Squirrel

I haven't had ONE CHILD who ever managed to fill more than a few nature notebook pages. I am absolutely GREEN (pun intended) with envy when I see other peoples' nice journals and hear about packing the backpacks with Prismacolours etc.

I understand the theory behind it, I know why reproducing what you see would be a wonderful schooling in observation. We do go OUT and look at things. I have copies of The Edwardian Lady etc. around for inspiration, and Clare Walker Leslie's book about keeping a nature journal. But the actual journalling is pretty sporadic.

Mama Squirrel

I haven't had ONE CHILD who ever managed to fill more than a few nature notebook pages. I am absolutely GREEN (pun intended) with envy when I see other peoples' nice journals and hear about packing the backpacks with Prismacolours etc.

I understand the theory behind it, I know why reproducing what you see would be a wonderful schooling in observation. We do go OUT and look at the things. I have copies of The Edwardian Lady etc. around for inspiration, and Clare Walker Leslie's book about keeping a nature journal. But the actual journalling is pretty sporadic.

Melissa Wiley

Ellie, it doesn't distress me at all; I actually think it's pretty funny. I like to share our shortcomings here as well as our successes lest I give anyone a false impression of perfection--we are far from perfect here! :)

Theresa

OK, Lissa, I'll hold you to it! Will you do the same for me?

Karen E.

This is where we fall down, too. The actual recording, drawing, etc. .... I'm not distressed over it, either, but I do like to have those fresh starts. :-)

Cheryl

I recently purchased 4 spiral bound sketchbooks to use as nature journals. We tried the clipboards and composition notebooks too and didn't get far at all.

Melonie K. (Stop The World)

We've had the worst track record with this too. I am the first to admit that rarely do we go on an actual "nature walk", so that's part of the problem. Our (ok, MY) bent is more toward ordering ladybug larvae and caterpillars from Insect Lore, observing them, and then turning them loose in our organic garden when the time is right. The older one and I tried journaling, and I found lovely journals at Borders (on clearance, no less) that were perfect for this. That lasted during the summer. The summer of 2002! Oops. At least we are in an area with plenty of natural resources, so field trip days = plenty of observation of nature. I suppose that is more than many schoolchildren will receive, so I shouldn't sweat it too much.

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