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A Journaling Journey

Good Morning Watershed Explorers,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Good luck with week three of distance learning. I hope that it goes well for you. Before I start today's blog, I want to showcase my friend Ellie from Saylesville Elementary in Lincoln. She sent some wonderful pictures of her and her brother at Lincoln Woods State Park. She also created a nature critter turtle. Ellie, thank you so much for sharing. I hope that your pictures will inspire more Watershed Explorers to share their explorations as well.

We are all adapting to a new "normal" these days. Some of which I know is very challenging. However, when faced with adversity, I like to try to stay as positive as possible. There is no shame in being sad, anxious, frustrated or even downright angry when life puts a mountain in front of you, but personally, I always find it much harder to climb when I am expressing those emotions as opposed to keeping a smile on my face. So many of you, teachers and students alike, have sent me such heartwarming messages of the ways that you are staying positive in this difficult time. What better way to keep a record of all of these wonderful moments than through journaling? Many families are creating wonderful new traditions during this time that would be great to write about.

Have you heard of Charles Darwin? Darwin was a brilliant scientist and is known for his journals. He recorded information and drawings of many species throughout his travels. Your journals don't have to be scientific, but it would be great if you could keep an explorer journal. Journaling can be extremely powerful. Due to advancements with technology not as many people journal anymore. Keeping a digital journal can also be nice, but there is just something to be loved by being able to create one's own pencil sketches and handwritten notes. Several students have sent beautiful pictures of their explorations that have been featured on this blog. It would be great if they added these to a journal as well. As I am sure you have heard, "A picture is worth a thousand words." Having a nice collection of these photos along with handwritten captions and sketches would be a wonderful treasured keepsake.

There are some books that could help with journaling if you need inspiration. I am picturing two below. To start creating a journal, you can use an old notebook or even just some loose paper stapled or tied together. You may even want to check out this link and create your own journal as an activity I love the nature journal on this site with the added touch of the stick, but if you don't have the hole punch, you can always just glue the binding or staple it instead.

Last year, my family and I had the pleasure of raising a monarch caterpillar. I keep journals for my two girls with family memories as keepsakes, but I also try to include nature in these personal journals as well. I wanted to include two pages of the monarch raising to showcase how you may organize your own journal. There are no sketches on these pages, but that would have been powerful to add too.

I hope that this post inspires you to keep a journal of this time and maybe continue to journal in the future. As always, please email me with stories, questions, thoughts or anything at all. I miss you all very much.

Much love,

Mrs. Morissette