Read Living "Insect" Books

Last of all, read living books about insects. Living "insect" books present dry scientific facts in such appealing ways that your child doesn't even know he's learning. One of my favorite living insect books is Agnes McClelland Daulton's Wings and Stings. We have reprinted this 1902 nature narrative with the author's original illustrations. You can find it on our website.

I hope you're inspired to include nature journaling in your homeschool routine. It's more than just making pretty pictures. It's a learning lifestyle that will plant a love in your children's hearts for the wonder of God's creation--including bugs!


Jill Novak and her husband Robert have been blessed with five children. Together their family has produced The Pebbly Brook Farm Series; The Girlhood Home Companion, The Gift of Family Writing; and The Art of Nature Journaling: Spring and Summer (on DVD). Jill is an inspiring workshop teacher and conference speaker who loves teaching families how to write and draw from life. You can contact her at or visit her website at or her blog at

Copyright 2006. Originally appeared in Spring 2006. Used with permission. The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Right now, 19 free gifts when you subscribe.