Charlotte Mason suggested teaching science within the context of the natural world buy going on weekly nature hikes.
Students learn to observe, identify and record interesting discoveries by sketching and recording observations in a Nature Diary (also called Nature Sketchbook, Creation Notebook, Nature Notebook, Nature Journal, Discovery Journal, etc).
The sample pictured is created with digital scrapbooking kit from CottageArts.net.
There are dozens of sites and books (see list below) explaining more about Charlotte Mason’s methods.
The purpose of this post is to explain the exciting and creative option of digital scrapbooking a Nature Sketchbook.
With a digital camera, sketches, and a software program your student can use this methods not only learn science and document schoolwork they also learn computer layout and design. This is an example of a Nature Sketchbook by hand. Below see pages created digitally.
Digital Scrapbooking to Learn
Digital scrapbook is MUCH cheaper than regular scrapbooking. Going digital requires no scissors, glue, mess, or storage room–all the work is done on the computer.
Students use digital scrapbook methods to add sketches, photos, poems, copy work, journaling, etc. You can share their nature pages online, keep on a CD, or print from your computer.
I recommend ScrapbookMax. It’s as easy as dragging and dropping. Its so easy you just have to try it for your self. You can download a fre trail version for 30 days. Heart of Wisdom offers a on dozen or more Academic and Bible Digital Scrapbooking Kits.
Start with a Discovery Adventure
Go on a discovery adventure. No need to go far, start in your backyard. Everyone must find something God created (bugs, plants, birds, etc) to be drawn and researched at home.
Students use copywork methods to journal beside their sketches (by hand or on the computer). We include Bible verses too.
Digital Scrapbook Students Findings
To digitally create scrapbook a Nature Sketchbook start with one of the Cotage Arts Sketchbook kit. For $2.99 you get 4 notebooks you can use over and over again–you won’t find one notebook for that price in a scrapbook store.
These gorgeous layouts below use Nature Sketch digital scrapbook kits from Cottage Arts. Here mother and child both enjoy creativity: mother makes the pages and scans in daughter’s artwork.
Easier Than it Looks
The pages below don’t require as much artistic talent as it looks. The journal pages are ready to use – you just add photos or sketches and journaling.
Kids LOVE it. My boys beg to digital scrapbook. Keeps them busy for hours!
Resources to learn more about CM Nature Journaling
What about you? Do you keep a Nature Journal? Do you scrapbook to learn? Does it sound interesting to you?
More Scrapbook to Learn Samples
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