Friday, November 6, 2009

Autumn Nature Journals

Yellow the bracken,
Golden the Sheaves,
Rosy the apples,
Crimson the leaves;
Mist on the hillside.
Clouds grey and white.
Autumn, good morning!
Summer, good night!

For Grade 1, we are making a nature journal for each season. For fall, we decided to use one of our leaves from our maple tree.

I had been saving cardboard and we taped the leaves to our covers and used acrylic paints in fall colors.

After we removed the leaves and the paint dried, we went back and using colored pencils, drew the veining and shaded the insides so the contrast wouldn't be so stark. We tore up drawing paper for the inside and punched holes in the cardboard to tie up with hemp string. And here's how they turned out!

Once a week, we have been taking our journals out to capture nature in the fall. Here is some of what we drew...

In Southern Cal, the hibiscus can bloom all year round. 5 years ago, we moved about 30 miles north & it actually drops just a little too cold now for our hibiscus to survive in the winter, but in our old house, it used to bloom profusely and I miss that...

It was a gift to journey to the midwest this fall as the vegetation is so different and lush. The trees are so thick that you can't see through them and the colors were just amazing - definitely not desert-like! Here are a few shots of fall pictures we drew in our journals from our trip...

This is my Granny's Macintosh apple tree and this year, it had many, many apples. My aunt made some delicious apple sauce with them and we drew the bounty in our books...

Happy Autumn to all!


  1. What a lovely idea, Jen! I really like how you have decorated your books.
    We have nature journals, too - our nature study day is Friday. We have a book for the whole year, but I really like your seasonal idea - may give that a go next year!

  2. Lovely nature journals, Jen. Love the hibiscus too. Your climate sounds just wonderful to me. I love the warmth of the sun.

  3. I love this idea Jen, it is wonderful :) I have always wanted to start nature journals for my little ones and seasonal journals sound even better:)
    Happy Monday to you my friend...

  4. Lynn, that's neat that your nature study day is Fri, too :D You've inspired me many times, so it's nice to be able to return the favor!

    And thank you, Kelly & Linda! We're having such fun with them and I love that it has made the girls really take more notice of the changes and the seasons.

    Happy Nov ladies!