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Essentials

The things you need to make nature study work well

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Artist Quality Pencils Are Essential

The note-books are a source of pride and joy, and are freely illustrated with drawings (brushwork) of twig, flower, insect, etc. ~ Charlotte Mason

Whether using them for nature journals, notebooking activities, or simply creating art for any reason, the highest quality art supplies are absolutely essential.

When I open my children’s notebooks or nature journals from more than twenty years ago, the colors are still as vibrant as they day they were done. So much care went into their work because the art supplies were easy to work with, bright and vivid without force, and gave them an immediate sense of satisfaction and desire to complete the drawing well. 

Yalong 12 Pencil Set

to build a love for creating

12 pencil bird

$12.99

Children love to produce art, unless they are given the wrong tools that make art tedious and the result of their work lacking in the vibrancy they envisioned in their head.

  • 12 colors that are vibrant and easy to blend, shade, and layer with no effort
  • High quality, easy to sharpen, and meant to last
  • Great for new artists and sketches done on the go
pencils tin

$49.99

72 Artist Quality premium colored pencils  

to encourage excellence in artistic pursuits

Art pencils should draw smoothly and brightly from the moment the tip hits the page. The pencils should be easy to sharpen and last for years. 

Art supplies that don’t yield the results desired extinguish the flame of creativity. Pencils that require effort to use…tire children out and discourage them from completing their work with excellence. 

Tested by a homeschool mom that cares about your homeschool journey.

All over the internet, companies promise their pencils have rich vibrant colors. Nine out of ten times, they over-promise and way under-deliver. Even if you put muscle into it, the colors were dull, lackluster, and blah.

These pencils live up to the promise. 

They yield a smooth and brilliant color and blend with mastery. 

Give them quality supplies and they’ll produce quality work that brings deep satisfaction and encourages them to continue to develop their skills and add to their nature journals and notebooks

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Your Story  

of nature journaling done well

When you look over your children’s nature journals you will experience a sense of satisfaction at the beautiful chronicles of your moments outdoors, bound in a book that is as beautiful as God’s creation, and as lovely as your children’s thoughts and drawings. 

Your nature journal will be made to last a lifetime or four. This beautiful keepsake will grow into a treasure for years to come, reminding you and your children of all the wonderful places you went and the interesting items in nature your family discovered.

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The features of 

Your Heirloom nature journal 

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Secure Binding

An exercise book with stiff covers serves for a nature diary, but care is necessary in choosing paper that answers both for writing and brush drawing. ~ Charlotte Mason

Your nature journals will have the highest quality book binding to treasure for many generations. 

I never put much thought into a quality journal. We used spiral bound, sketchbooks, blank books…all low quality and uninspiring. In a word. They were cheap. They were not created to last a lifetime. And yet, still I have them because of the treasures contained inside those cheap bindings. 

You won’t make the mistake I did. 

watercolor

quality paper

Your nature journal has the premier acid-free paper that is thick enough to handle any messy medium out on the field or back at home. The integrity of the page won’t be compromised no matter how wet it gets.

Although my children did use watercolor on the pages of their journals, those particular pages are warped and bleed through to the other side.  

Your children’s watercolors will look brilliant from the moment they touch the page into the distant future.

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Manageable Size

The children keep a dated record of what they see in their nature note-books, which are left to their management and not corrected. ~ Charlotte Mason

Your children’s journals will be the perfect size for small hands, yet large enough to capture those special moments out of doors. They are light and durable, able to withstand life on the trail. 

The canvas size is just right. No matter how big or small the drawing, each page will look complete and well done. The sense of success and accomplishment will grow their confidence in nature journaling, encouraging the habit of observation and appreciation of creation. How wonderful it will be when journaling is done for the day and everyone feels a sense of satisfaction. 

Our journals were all letter sized. When recording their nature discoveries, my little ones spent time and effort using whatever art skills they had acquired up to that time. At the end of the day, each of their pages usually had one small drawing on it. A leaf, a bird, an interesting nut. 

Sadly, each intricate drawing was dwarfed by a huge amount of white space. At the end of the day, their work felt incomplete. 

Their important work looked unfinished on the overlarge page.  

The size of the journal made it look as if my children’s heartfelt effort was less than it really was.

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Appropriate page count

Let them once get in touch with nature and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight and habit through life. 

~ Charlotte Mason

Your journal will have just enough pages to complete in a year.  You and your children will feel a sense of accomplishment at the completed journal. Every year they will start with a new journal ~ a fresh start, a world of possibilities with more mature thoughts and drawings. 

Our giant sketchbooks were packed with more pages than any child or adult could be expected to fill in a single year, or even several years. 

Once a week or twice a month, my children made heartfelt entries in their big, cheap journals. But at the end of each year, we experienced another elusive disappointment. 

There were too many pages and so many pages were left undone.

This brought a feeling of incompleteness, of incompetence.

A nature journal should last for one year of nature study. The Heirloom Nature Journals have just the right number of pages for any child to complete in a year. 

Because a child’s art abilities improve, and their interests change, a new journal enables the child to express their maturing personality and the essence of who God made them to be from year to year.

A NOTE ABOUT DAILY JOURNALING

Though some children want to draw and journal everyday, and may have a bent in that direction, the point of nature walks is to observe, to contemplate, to make connections, to notice, to develop neural pathways which build a foundation in scientific thinking and inquiry. 

It is walking, noticing, exploring, finding, looking, watching, seeing, and thinking that grow their love for nature and their connection with the outdoors~ that sense of belonging and the foundation for understanding in every area of life. 

You CAN do nature study well

 
 

Your child will value nature journaling with the highest quality journal and art mediums

Your nature journal will inspire your children 

Your nature journal will be beautiful, just as God’s creation is, just as your child’s work is

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Save with our Nature School Bundle

Everything you need to explore nature with excellence

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Three Essentials for Nature Study

 

The Heirloom Nature Journal
Because quality lasts, but these years do not
 
Artist Quality Colored Pencils
Because their work should be as bright and beautiful as their world
 
Professional LED Magnifier
So that the little things become magnificent 
 

 

Total if essentials are individually priced: $77.97

For a limited time we are offering a 23% discount

Total for the Nature School Bundle: $60.00

Your children’s thoughtful nature observations and all their artwork will be perfectly preserved in the right journals, using the best tools, while discovering the world up close.