The very last lesson (Lesson 13) in Apologia's Exploring Creation with Botany (our new science text!) is about "Nature Journaling." We chose to do it first, at the suggestion of a good friend who just finished this curriculum, because it would be helpful to know for the rest of our botany studies. In other words, I'm not sure why they put this chapter at the very end.
In this lesson, we learned about the benefits of keeping nature journals, famous people who used them, and things to include in our journaling. Throughout this course, we will be using Apologia's Junior Botany Notebooking Journal to record what we are learning.
After our reading and recording, it was time to make a nature journal! We picked a large cereal box to start.
We got together some materials to make it, including pretty pieces of scrapbooking paper (Maggie picked them out), adhesive squares, tacky glue, a three-hole punch, a ruler, scissors, a pencil, some plain, white paper, and yarn.
She loved this activity!
Can you believe this was just a POPS cereal box? It turned out so pretty!
Mags couldn't wait to use it! We headed outdoors and she spotted a flowering plant (angiosperm) that she wanted to draw and later identify. Here she is, busy at work!
I giggled at the way she was holding her spare pencils ...
And her entry was complete! After she drew the plant and took notes, we went home and used her notes to look up what she had drawn - a spiderwort (Tradescania virginiana).
Botany's going to be lots of fun! Our next post will be about Lesson 1 of this text ("What is Botany?") Check back!