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49. Keeping a Nature Journal by Clare Walker Leslie and Charles Roth.
I read this last year, and wanted a review.

About this time last year I had determined that I wanted to homeschool Ike, the next step was to decide how. One of the methods that I looked at, that I really liked, was the Charlotte Mason Method. Think of it as the "Great Books" education. A CM education focuses on "Living Books" that aren't "Twaddle" (I love that word). One of the pillars of a CM education is the Nature Journal. At least once a week, you are to take the child/ren out into nature and have them make observations, then draw or write about what they saw. The basic concept is that this is Nature Studies/drawing lessons/observation practice/animal study/insect study/Botany all rolled into one, as age appropriate. This book is one of the books recommended by many to get an idea about How to keep a Nature Journal. (that and Handbook of Nature Study...awesome blog of that name too) Although Nature Journals aren't necessarily Waldorf, but I still like the idea. I want to start this for myself this summer. Its my goal to spend 10-15 minutes a day, everyday, drawing something. So I wanted to  re-read this book. I just wish SJPL had a copy, I have to borrow this one from Sonoma State. Takes frickin' forever to get things from Link+. But I am, however, grateful that the service is available. This way I don't have to buy one.



Apr. 15th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
I highly recommend "The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow: The Mystical Nature Diary of Opal Whitely." It's by Benjamin Hoff and Opal Whitely. Opal began writing the diary when she was six years old. If you find it at your library, turn to page 93 and read a bit of it.
Apr. 15th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
I will look for it!

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