As I was sorting through some things lately, I came across the family nature journal we kept when my kids were littler. I almost threw it out but then decided to show it to the kids again first. I was surprised to find that they were still enthusiastic about it. Only the older two remember doing it, but my daughter could remember specific events and finds that were recorded there and seemed excited to do so. Since there were little and barely writing, we kept a family nature journal rather than individual ones. I made a nature journaling page which we would put in a 3-ring binder. We often printed out images of what we had seen since their drawing skills were not very refined yet. I remember having to spell out all the words for them as they recorded where and when we found the items. Below are some samples so you can see how it all worked. I don’t know how Charlotte Mason would feel about this approach, but I think it worked well. Clearly they have fond memories of it and at that age I don’t think they could have done more than illegible scribbles if they had been left to do it on their own without preprinted images. As it is, they have something they can look back at and decipher and not just a book of scribbles.