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Create a Garden Notebook: an activity for children of all ages.
“A gardener’s best tool is the knowledge from previous seasons. And it can be recorded in a $2 notebook” (Andy Tomolonis).
“No other learning tool has more purity of approach than a blank notebook. Like the artist’s canvas, it has the creative potential of becoming anything the author wishes to portray. Its natural form makes it adaptable to any task or learning situation. The content, rather than being dictated by a pre-set curriculum, is determined by the family, meeting their unique and individual needs. When the development of learning tools becomes the focus rather than merely gaining content, then the family is free to use all of life as their curriculum. Furthermore, the notebook is adaptable to all types of learners and possesses much visual aid and has multi-dimensional potential. The notebook can consist of writings, illustrations, photographs, and bits and pieces of any flat objects. Rather than cloning our children’s education, notebooks can reflect the interest, individuality, and strengths of each child” (Marilyn Howshall, The Unit-of-Life Learning Model, p. 19).
Although often used interchangeably, there is a difference between notebooks and journals. A notebook is a book for recording notes while a journal is a personal record of occurrences, experiences, and reflections. Feel free to make yours a combination of the two. Making a garden notebook/journal can be as easy as buying a notebook or as involved as buying supplies and decorating the front of one. Creating a garden notebook/journal will allow you to have one place to keep all of your plans, goals, ideas, observations, stories, and learning… organized in one place.
- Supplies: If you are needing ideas on notebooking supplies, you can find a list of our favorites at the beginning of the course.
- binder, notebook, or journal (we recommend a binder with page protectors)
- paper (if using a binder) – copy paper, cardstock and/or 140 lb weight paper if using watercolors
- pencil and eraser
- art medium of choice (colored pencils, watercolors, crayons, or markers)
- page protectors
- washi tape to attach plants, flower, pictures, etc.
- hole punch to fit your binder’s holes
- Buy any needed supplies.
- Decorate the notebook as desired.
- Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.