Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Notebooking Pages Spring Sale

Get Ready for Spring - Nature Notebooking Sale

Spring is just around the corner! Get outside and seize the most from your day . . . with Nature Notebooking!

Notebooking is a powerful tool that captures what your children have learned, turning it into a concise, artful piece of work. Visit for free and affordable templates to help you get started today! Simply print out a selection of free notebooking templates or choose pages from one of their themed sets.


Now is a great time to try some of's nature products during their Get Ready for Spring Sale Event!

See below: a great list of ways to use their popular "Nature Notebooking Pages".


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Some Ideas for Using Your Nature Pages

by Debra @


These are some of the ideas behind why I created each of these pages.

Maybe they will help spark an idea for your use of them as well.


7 Days of Creation
Draw &/or write captions & narrations for each day of creation.


All About Animals
“Cover Pages”
Print these pages on cardstock and laminate/put in sheet protectors to make divisions for your notebook.


“Animal Tracks”
Use these to draw the paw (foot) prints of the animals you study and record their name on the line provided. You could draw one print or a set of front/back prints.


“General Pages”
Use these pages to draw or paste a picture of the animal being observed/studied.

Allow children to use the Word Bank to help them write a detailed entry about the animal’s characteristics.

Use the “Special Characteristic” box to draw the animal’s special beak, feet, paw print or other feature that has a uniquely designed purpose.


“Observation Jar”
The only difference between these two pages are the pictures at the top—boy/girl.
Allow children to catch their critters and bring back home to observe.
Use this page to draw/write about their observations.


Animal Pages
Print out several of these pages and file them in the appropriate section of your notebook—ready for your nature studies! Or just print out several pages of each and keep them handy!

Use the side box on these pages to jot down details to remember about the critter you’re observing or reading about. Then write a summary below your drawing.


“Frogs and Toads”
Fill in the life cycle of frogs/toads using pictures or words. The first page gives a caption for each box and the 2nd page leaves this blank.


“Beaks & Feet”
Observe the special beaks and feet of birds. Draw a picture of those you observe/study and jot down their purposes.


“Arthropods, Insects, Spiders”
Several pages are given for drawing the arthropods you are studying by their segments. Space is given to write the details about each segment.

The next pages can be used to draw/write about arthropods. Word banks are given to help children remember what to look for when drawing/writing.

There are several pages for the life cycle of insects—some for complete and incomplete metamorphosis. Some have details, some do not.

There are 2 pages given for drawing the web of a particular spider. Use the smaller box to draw a picture of the spider and the larger box for the web. One page gives a box for any details you would like your child to write about.

Use these pages to record what you find in a variety of habitats or to draw a picture of the landscape.

Have children take a magnifying glass when observing tiny creatures, a jar for any catches they want to bring home, and a digital camera to take pictures of those fast-moving creatures.


Nature Log & Journaling Pages
“Log Pages”
Use the nature log pages to record all your finds—especially the dates of the birds arriving in spring and the first flowers opening in spring—first day of snow—???? Keep this simple and keep it handy! There are pages for each season.


“Vine Bordered Journal Pages”
Use these for journaling/drawing about your nature studies. Use the divided four boxes (with/without lines) to compare different animals or plants—like all the different black-colored birds in your backyard or poison ivy and other *imposters*. Use the boxes with lines to record four different topics about a particular animal/plant.


Plants, Flowers & Trees Pages
Use the first page as a divider for your notebook.

Use the first tree page to draw detailed sketches (or add pictures) of a specific tree/shrub.

Use “Leaf of a Tree” & “Bark of a Tree” to add samples of your tree.

Use “Plant & Flower Parts” to draw detailed sketches of the parts of a plant/flower. Let children use the Word Bank to help them remember which parts are needed (and how to spell them).

Use the last page to draw detailed sketches of the leaves/flowers or to add samples.


Rocks & Minerals
Use these pages to draw & glue photographs of collected rocks. Use the space provided to describe your finds or to narrate what has been learned about the types of rocks & minerals.


Seasons Pages
Use one of the first couple of pages for a division in your notebook. You could use the empty boxes to record your observations of a certain animal, plant, tree through the four seasons or to draw the locations of the sun/moon for each season.

Use the rest of the pages for journaling/drawing about seasonal studies.

Weather Pages
Use the first page as a divider for your notebook.


“Week of Weather” - use the pictures to draw the day’s weather.

“Precipitation” - Fill in the small boxes with the dates for the month and then record the amount of rainfall for the day—by collecting it yourself, watching the news, looking it up online…


100 Fun Frames & Borders—Great for nature copywork, narrations, drawings, journaling, etc.!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Catholic Heritage Curriculum Discounts and giveaways

Catholic Heritage Curriculum has just put up a new Virtual Conference where you can check out all their curricula. They have added a discounts and giveaways page there, also. CHC has wonderful Lesson plans that are step by step daily guides. I absolutely loved their second grade lesson plans for First Holy Communion preparation! Check it out!