Nature Journaling with High Energy Kids

Join the Nature Journal Educators Forum as we discuss nature journaling with high energy kids. What do you do when the kids don’t want to sit still and follow the lesson plan? Be creative! We talk about how to expand our practice to include even the wiggliest of students, how to adapt our plans to their needs, and how to draw the focus back to where it belongs: making sure the kids have an enjoyable experience in nature.

2 thoughts on “Nature Journaling with High Energy Kids

  1. Heather says:

    I am a homeschooling mom and I want to thank you for doing this. I have two REALLY high energy boys and this gave me some great tips and ideas to try, not just for nature journaling and science, but also for other areas of our schooling experience. Thank you!

  2. Gisela Foster says:

    I am not an educator, I am a life-long learner and my belief is that there is always something new for me to be thrilled about. And so I am really interested in finding out what next week’s meeting will bring, as far as “post-pandemic” structural changes in education are concerned.
    Zoom with the little boxes of people, with hand-raising symbols, chat features, and gallery views, and an unmuting spot is not a favorite way to teach. I fully understand this. But I do hope that not all is put aside until the next crisis arises. Zooming is here to stay, I hope. We might not be out in nature while zooming, but I have learned so much during this time; it has deepened my connection with nature and has given me the enthusiasm and tools to understand nature much better. Zooming has also introduced me to many new people while my close-by friends and family members were not able to be with me.
    My school is in my bedroom. My educator is my iPad. My nature is my backyard.
    It is the mockingbird who drinks from the same bird bath as the feral cats.
    It is the dandelion that asks to be watered as much as the geraniums I planted.
    It is the transplanted horse chestnut tree with its desire to be near a creek, the worm ball I hide from the landlord, and the squirrel that nibbles on my neighbor’s unripe apricots.
    At over eighty I might not have a whole lot of time left to wander afar to learn in the real world; or sit under redwoods and draw, or count seagulls at the beach. Zoom has given me an unbelievably varied view of the world, most of it was even free of charge. I think we must try to make it better, but we can’t put it back on the shelf.

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