“Cherish in your children the love of investigation”

-Charlotte Mason


A couple months ago I posted about Nature Journaling– we had just started and I was really enjoying taking the kids up to the mountains or heading outside. We got all the materials we needed (watercolor notebooks, a field watercolor kit, pens and pencils)

What I didn’t realize was how much we were all going to love it and how quickly it would become just part of our normal day.


Last week we went searching for bald eagles at the local state park and I was amazed how quickly we were able to find one! The kids observed until their hands were numb and we hiked back to the car to look up information in our North American Birds book.  I sketched right along with them.


I have a million other snippets of days like this one. Days where I just couldn’t stand being inside one more minute. Days where we planned on meeting friends to take up the whole day. Days where we all stopped what we were doing and sat down with paint and paper- observing technique and listening to stories about birds and water and blood- blood always gets worked in there somehow.

“It is infinitely well worth the mother’s while to take some pains every day to secure, in the first place, that her children spend hours daily amongst rural and natural objects.”


I’m finding that I need it too.


Snippets of nature.


So go investigate. It will be well worth your while.


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