The Nature Journal Family

Are your kids bouncing off the walls at home? Are they having trouble focusing? Do they miss learning with friends? Are you running out of ideas?

What if there was a way that your kids could be inspired to learn, you could relax, and your whole family could spend quality time learning about nature, science, and art with other families like yours? Now imagine all of this without driving anywhere or compromising your family bubble.

1.   What is it?

The Nature Journal Family is a month long learning adventure! This distance learning course will provide focused connection time for you and your kids while also nurturing a deeper connection with nature and community. The curriculum delivers exciting applications of art, science, numbers, and language. It also develops invaluable transferable skills such as focus, scientific inquiry, critical thinking, self-awareness, and visual problem-solving. When you sign up you can count on a structured learning experience that lets you simply relax and follow the journey with your kids. The learning community provided by the other families creates a more holistic, engaging, and motivating experience for your kids.

A.     Nature, Community, Family, Learning
B.    Practicing: Focus, Curiosity, Creativity, and Sharing
C.     Inclusive, Adaptable, Transferable, and Fun!
D.    Cost: $175-$125 for a whole family for the full month. (cost depends on how many families sign up. )
E.     Optional: One hour tutoring sessions with Marley $75
F.     Weekly Dive Deeper Resources for self-guided learning
G.     Multiple days and time slots to choose from (see below)

5.   Sign up Now for April!

I’m taking signups for April now. There are five time slots available and one reserved. Get other families you know to sign up for the same session with you for more fun and rapport!

Current options for April . (all Pacific Standard Time):

Mondays 3-5pm

Tuesdays 1-3pm

Thursdays 3-5pm

Fridays 9-11pm, 1-3pm, 3-5pm (Reserved)

Reserve your spot by emailing Marley at marley339@gmail.com with Nature Journal Family in subject line.

2.   Your Teacher

Marley Peifer has been teaching nature journaling to kids and adults for over six years. He frequently co-teaches and collaborates with John Muir Laws, one of the founders of the nature journaling movement. You can see how Marley brings a fun, personable, and in-depth approach to teaching in his weekly Nature Journal Show episodes.

3.   How it Works

Everything is designed to allow the maximum benefits of a learning community while also providing individual attention and flexibility for your family’s schedule. This takes pressure off the parents, provides a healthy peer-based motivation for kids, and allows for varying ages and learning styles.

A.     Week One: Plants

i.         Introductory Meeting just with parents

ii.         Two hour Group Class with all families on Zoom

1.     Each two hour session will include: 1. Introduction and inspiration from Marley for today’s activity with whole group. (20 min) 2. Each family does the activity on their own. (50 minutes) 3. Small group share with two families. (20 minutes) 4. Large group share with everyone, reflections and lesson highlights with Marley. Homework ideas for next time. (30 minutes)

iii.         Optional Add-On: One hour tutoring session with Marley

iv.         Optional Homework: Custom video assignments at your leisure

B.     Week Two: Animals

i.         Group Class with all families

ii.         Optional Add-On: One hour tutoring session with Marley

iii.         Optional Homework: Custom video assignments at your leisure

C.     Week Three: Cool Connections

i.         Group Class with all families

ii.         Optional Add-On: One hour tutoring session with Marley

iii.         Optional Homework: Custom video assignments at your leisure

D.    Week Four: Exploring Deeper

i.         Group Class with all families

ii.         Optional Add-On: One hour tutoring session with Marley

iii.         Final Journal Share with all families on zoom.

iv.         Bonus sign up options for next month

4.   What you need

Each participant (including adults) needs

A.     A sketchbook or journal. Dimensions of around 8.5 x 11” is best for kids over 9. 5 X 8″ is good for younger kids. Printer paper stapled together or simply bound and held on a clipboard can work in a pinch but is not ideal.

B.     Pencils or pens.

C.     Virtual Workspace. Ideally you can set up an area where your participating family members will be all able to focus, have a flat surface to work on, not be distracted, and be able to hear well and see well, and be able to be heard and seen well by the rest of the group. A laptop on your kitchen table should work fine with a dependable internet connection. Zoom will be the platform used for group classes and Youtube for video assignments.

5.   Sign up Now for April!

I’m taking signups for April now. There are five time slots available and one reserved. Get other families you know to sign up for the same session with you for more fun and rapport!

Current options for April . (all Pacific Standard Time):

Mondays 3-5pm

Tuesdays 1-3pm

Thursdays 3-5pm

Fridays 9-11pm, 1-3pm, 3-5pm (Reserved)

 

Reserve your spot by emailing Marley at marley339@gmail.com with Nature Journal Family in subject line.