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April 27, 2016

Nature journaling at SCCS: not just a quaint pastime

[caption id="attachment_1066" align="alignleft" width="500"] © 2016 South City Community School[/caption] At SCCS each child from kindergarten on receives a small notebook with stiff covers and high quality paper. This will serve as a nature journal and follow them from grade to grade for as long as they are at our school. A notebook containing watercolor sketches of dandelions and acorns may evoke an image of something quaint from yesteryear, like a Victorian picnic--charming, but not particularly relevant or serving any real purpose. The truth is that nature journaling is full of pedagogical value. When children attempt to replicate an object from nature they must exercise their powers of observation and concentration. Their drawing must mirror the true size and scale of the object, and they must experiment with mixing colors… Read More