One thing I've wanted to be diligent about this year in our homeschool is having the kids keep a Charlotte Mason-style nature journal for nature study. I've planned to do this before, but it never worked well...Mainly because our notebooks were awkward to use. Sounds silly, I know, but the simplest things can make all the difference.
This year I bought NoteSketch books from Rainbow Resource, and they are working beautifully. My only mistake was that I didn't get one for Sarah. I didn't see any point in spending another $5 for a journal for a 2-year-old, but I should have. She wants to do everything the big kids do, with the same supplies. She kept confiscating their journals and trying to draw in them. I bought her a cheap notebook which will hopefully keep her happy for now.
Our yard is tiny but lush, with plenty of things to draw for awhile.
Clarice of Storybook Woods inspired me with her comment that she tries to lead by example in their homeschool. It's a simple but novel idea, at least to me! She mentioned that one way she does this is to keep a nature journal herself. So I got a sketchbook too. Although my attempts are awkward, I have to say that I haven't enjoyed anything this much in a very long time.