I am far from being an artist, but if we encourage our students to draw and keep journals, shouldn't the teacher keep one as well? Most kindergarten students are just learning pencil grip and discovering how different lines and hand control assists with drawing. It can be a daunting task, yet we still expect our students to try and draw. @multiculturalmotherhood posted her own journaling page after an outing with her family, and she was inspired by @raisinglittleshoots (they both are amazing artists), and they both inspired me to try my own journaling. .
I used to be an avid scrapbooker before children and I have some ink and stamps hidden in a closet. I chose to incorporate them into my journal and would allow my students to use them as well. (We've used my stamps for other activities in the past) I picture a journal as a creative outlet for drawings, words, lists, quotes/thoughts, a mixture of medias, a spot to press flowers and leaves, and a place to put photographs. It really is up to the children to make their own. .
Do you use nature journals in your classroom or with your children? Please comment below ⬇️and share your ideas.