There are several sections making up this journal. Here is what you will find:
- Preparing for a Field Trip
- Field Trip Ideas
- Places I've Explored Maps
- How to Use the "Specific Trip" Pages
- Field Trip Pages
- How to Use "My Special Spot" Pages
- My Special Spot Pages
- How to Use " As I See It" Pages
- As I See It Pages
I already discussed the first couple of sections above, so I would like to move on to to the actual interactive pages. There are "Places I've Explored" pages with room for you to list the places you have been, from places in your state, to places in the United States, and finally places in the world. As you can see below, there is a space to add an image of your state in the State section.
After a short introduction explaining how to use the Specific Trip pages, you will find 10 double page spreads devoted to sharing field trips. On the left-hand page there are spaces for recording many aspects of the trip: the destination, the time and date, books you have read in preparation for the trip, your emergency contact plan, a map, a photo or drawing and what you want to see or do. On the right-hand page there is ample room to write the story of your day and to jot down what you never want to forget about the trip.
Next you will find "My Special Spot" pages. These are meant to record one specific section of wildlife. There are pages for each of the four season, so you can document how things change during the year.
The remainder of the journal is devoted to "As I See It" pages. Some give prompts, such as movement, the heavens, and lifecycles. The rest of the pages are to use as you see fit. These pages are a place to record your thoughts and drawings of a specific part of God's creation.
When we arrived home, I uploaded the pictures to the computer and the children each picked one to draw.
On the trip to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, I had the children carry along a nature scavenger hunt paper and a pencil. We had fun looking for all the items.
We did see something we weren't planning on seeing. We spent some time balancing before making our way down the trail.
Not surprisingly, I took many, many more pictures of our trips. I have been sharing them in my recent Wordless Wednesday post. If you would like to see more of our fun adventures in God's marvelous creation, you can see them in the following Wordless Wednesday posts:
Pennsylvania Grand Canyon:
Rock City Park:
We have not had a chance to use the "My Special Spot" pages as of yet. Before we received the journal, I had planned to use a spot in our back yard. However, it is recommended to select a spot that grows wild, and I haven't quite decided where I want that to be. The "As I See It" pages are going to be great for the children to take turns to draw about nature. This fits in great with our core curriculum, as we are to be taking one day out of the week to do outside nature studies.
There was one little modification I made to the journal. I desired a place to keep our brochures and other keepsakes secure, to avoid losing them. So, I added pockets to the inside front and back covers using card stock.