Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Nature Journals

Here are some of the kids' nature study journals. If you click on the pictures, they should enlarge so you can see the details more clearly. As mentioned previously here and here, our main focus has been birds this semester. This first page is by our nine year old.
This page on Blue Birds is by our eleven year old. Being our resident perfectionist, he barely gave me permission to include it on the blog. He was worried about coloring his page because he was afraid of ruining it. Working with color is something we are going to tackle in our art curriculum this spring/summer so he will have the confidence he needs.
This page is by our budding illustrator , who is thirteen. She spends most of her free time drawing and painting.

And last but not least is the journal page belonging to our most enthusiastic birder. At fifteen, she has been obsessed with birds for most of her life. She claims birds are the only thing she can draw well, but I think it's because it's the only thing she does draw.

As the season progresses, we hope to have more pages to post.


linda said...

I'm hopping over from AO forums to visit your nature journals. They are very lovely. Are they using colored pencils? How did your daughter become interested in birds so much?

You may have already seen our journals. If not, you can visit at


MamaLion said...

Thank you for visiting, Linda. Yes, they are using Prismacolor pencils. Actually, I don't remember what started my daughter's bird obession. Her great-grandmother was very fond of birds and she was very fond of her GG so maybe that is one connection. I also remember reading The Song of the Cardinal by Gene Stratton Porter when she was little.

Thanks for posting links to your journals. It was great fun viewing them!! I couldn't get the slide show to work though. I really enjoyed your post on Nature Study and I'll be bringing my kids back for a visit soon.