Nature Notebook – Companion to Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman

(16 customer reviews)


Are you searching for a nature journal that you can incorporate into your daily routine? The Nature Notebook is a companion notebook for Nature Anatomy, by Julia Rothman.

Students will use a combination of written narration, drawing, and labeling alongside Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman (sold separately) to learn all about the Earth, plants, animals, and much more.

Using our notebook for nature study will delight nature lovers and young bug lovers alike! Students will explore nature art by sketching things in the natural world such as insects, birds, trees, leaves, butterflies, and more. Question prompts will help you squeeze the most out of Nature Anatomy.

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Nature Notebook - Companion to Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman

More about Nature Notebook + Nature Anatomy

We have enjoyed using Nature Anatomy in our studies and have referred to it often for reference, as the beautiful hand-drawn sketches bring nature to life. There so much nature study and science you can squeeze out of this book, and even if you have other science books laying around, you will likely find yourself reaching for this beauty often.

To get the most out of Nature Anatomy, we recommend using the Nature Notebook with it (a publisher approved resource).

Some of the nature topics covered:

  • Earth – layers of the Earth, minerals, the rock cycle, fossils, landforms, mountains, and more.
  • Atmosphere – weather, the water cycle, storms, snowflakes, rainbows, moon phases, constellations, and more.
  • Plant Life – flowers, butterfly plants, sedges, grasses, edibles, and more.
  • Trees and Leaves – anatomy of a tree, tree trunks, leaf identification, bark, cones, seeds, and fruit.
  • Animals – squirrels, bears, snakes, lizards, horned animals, animals with antlers, mammals, and more.
  • Flying Creatures – bats, birds, feathers, birdcalls, nests, beaks, bird behavior, owls, and more.
  • Bodies of Water – ponds, freshwater fish, saltwater fish, water bugs, frogs, ecosystems, jellyfish, sand, shells, and more.

Nature Anatomy is a secular book and our companion notebook can be used with any worldview (see note below). Learn more about Nature Anatomy and the other books in the series by visiting the publisher’s website.

What age is the Nature Notebook appropriate for?

Although this notebook is very flexible and can be adapted for younger and older children, it is best suited to grades 3-8, however even high school students enjoy using it.

Additional Nature Printables

We have included links throughout the Nature Notebook for extra free printables and resources to expand your study on individual topics.

Like our other open & go curriculum, there is no prep-work involved – you simply grab your copy of the book and your notebooking journal and work at your own pace.

Charlotte Mason Homeschooling

Charlotte Mason homeschoolers often incorporate nature studies into their daily lessons, but even if you prefer to teach your children using another homeschool method, there is much to appreciate about the study of nature.

What is a nature notebook?

A nature notebook can be many things – even a sketchbook full of blank pages or a regular spiral notebook. We take our Nature Notebook to a whole new level though, because it’s used alongside Nature Anatomy with the intent of learning a ton of nature facts.

Nature notebooks, sometimes referred to as nature journals, are often filled with nature sketches and scenes that capture the beauty of God’s Creation. The Nature Notebook includes many places for sketches, as well as question prompts for written narration, and sections to label and diagram.

How do I start a nature journal?

You can get started on creating a beautiful nature journal by grabbing your copy of Nature Anatomy and using the Nature Notebook with it. You can take your nature work outside to the picnic table, or with you on a nature walk. You can also bring along a blank sketchbook when you see something you’d like to draw, such as pine cones on the hiking trail.

We also have notebook companions for other volumes in the Julia Rothman Series. Click here to view them.

NOTE: We are young earth creationists and have found it difficult to use many nature and science books without having to skim over at least one reference to age of earth. The only section I recall mentioning the age of the earth is the 1st chapter under “Layers of the Earth,” where is says “Planet Earth was formed 4.54 billion years ago.” I do not recall any mention of it elsewhere or the reference of evolution. I just skipped that part as it was once sentence.

16 reviews for Nature Notebook – Companion to Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman

  1. [email protected]

    My daughter (3rd grade) is loving this notebook! She loves to draw so this is perfect for her. I also like that she can do it on her own while I’m working with other kids. It’s a great addition to our homeschool!!

  2. M Lapierre

    My daughter (10) loved these independent notebooks to go along with the beautiful book series! They are also a great addition to any science curriculum.

  3. K Polley

    These are great. My daughter loves the independence the allow.

  4. Marcia Cabaday

    I am not sure why I put off buying this. The books are beautiful and so is this journal to do with it.

    My two girls (ages 17 and 9) have both loved it.

  5. Kerri Hults

    The open and go nature notebook has really been a life saver for me. My 10 year old actually enjoys working in it which is the best part for me.

  6. Sarah Williams

    This journal is amazing!! I had this printed and spiral bound by Family Nest Printing. The combo of the book, this journal and the printing have been a great way for my son to study nature. He is so excited to draw the pictures, read the book and fill in the journal. Thank you so much! Can’t wait to try others!!

    • Carrie Fernandez

      We are so glad to hear your son loves the notebook companion to Nature Anatomy. We love notebooking in our homeschool!

  7. Rachel Prichard

    Just take my money!!!! lol
    I’m in love with these companion Journals! I have zip pouches that I put the Companion Notebook in, along with the Original Book and colored pencil pouch, and I send them outside every morning with that Zippered portfolio under their arms. They LOVE IT!

    • Carrie Fernandez

      Zip pouches are such a GREAT idea! I am not the most organized homeschool mom, I may steal this. 🙂

  8. Dedra Sheffield

    When a homeschool science curriculum just wasn’t making us happy, I had a friend suggest Julia Rothman books. Luckily, I stumbled upon this companion notebookbook for Nature Anatomy. It was exactly what I wanted! Something that would foster our 6th grader’s imagination, broaden observation skills, while still leaving room for expounding and self-exploration into various topics.
    I heartily recommend and encourage anyone to purchase this product. I WISH I would have purchased the complete set in the beginning. Yes, I like it that much!

  9. Lata

    One would buy this Companion book after owning the original book “Nature Anatomy” but for me it was the other way round. I was so in love with this product that I purchased it and then purchased the original book. The amount of activities you can extend is beyond limit. This companion has exceeded our expectations. We use it in our nature walks . My kids love it.

  10. Melissa

    I know this is geared toward younger students, but I’m having my 10th grader use it and it’s been phenomenal. Some kids are more science driven, he is not, so it’s been a perfect supplement to add to our science curriculum. Even I’m learning new things with the Julia Rothman books. I will definitely pick another notebook once he finishes this one.

  11. C Spalding

    My 8 year-old daughter dreams of being a scientist and loved doing the Nature Notebook last year, along with Julia Rothman’s Nature Anatomy book.

  12. Catherine Roach

    We love Julia Rothman’s journals and these notebooks are an excellent supplement.

  13. Koleiah

    Journaling/Notebooking is such a great way to solidify information learned and the layout of the Nature Notebook makes it inviting. There is just the right combo of writing and artwork! My daughter loves it.

  14. Yvie

    Living out in the country gives our children the ability to explore nature in a unique way, but they’re not always sure what they’re seeing. We began working through Nature Anatomy and the accompanying workbook, and now we have a daily routine of going outside and looking for what we’re studying. Everyone is learning so much! When we do the drawings and take notes on the world around us, it reinforces what we’ve learned that day.

  15. Stacey W.

    We love studying nature in our homeschool. I have 5 kids who love birds, trees, gardening, and of course dirt! Now I can put my book to good use with the notebook that goes along with it. Very happy and plan to buy all of them in the series!

  16. Shelly

    Our family loves the Julia Rothman books! I’ve had them on my shelf for a while, but was unsure of how to incorporate them into our homeschool day. The addition of a notebooking journal has made all the difference. We have the complete set and my kids love it!

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Jessica from The Waldock Way has a great blog post discussing how to use notebook companions alongside the Julia Rothman Collection to really get the most out of the beautifully illustrated books. We also wrote about how to use the Julia Rothman Series for science at our sister site,

Enjoy Jessica’s video walk-thru below.

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