Journaling in Your Homeschool

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

 

Dear Friends,

Do you and your children have journals that you write and/or draw in regularly? Recently, I found some of my children’s early nature journals. What a precious thing to see their writing and drawings. As you know, I don’t keep a lot of their school materials when they finish, but I do keep their journals.

A journal can be an extension of your school day. Your children can draw while you read to them or play music. They can go outside and sketch things they observe in nature. You can help even young children look up information to add to their drawings. Nature journaling helps develop a love for science and nature.

A writing journal can be an extension of your current writing program, or it can be used for creative writing. A journal is a place to put ideas and thoughts down on paper. It helps develop their writing skills, but I want to caution you to NOT take a red pen to these journals. Do not grade them for content or grammar. Let it be a fun place for them to write.

You can give them ideas for stories, poems, or make lists of things they are thankful for. If your child struggles with writing programs, a free-form journal can be the thing that draws them to writing.

If you have analytical children, a journal can bring out some of their creativity. Even if they are resistant to the idea of creative writing to begin with, keep trying. I found that silly starters for stories got their attention when I first introduced them to journals. It’s quite funny to see them read these stories now that they are much older.

You can benefit from this type of journaling, too. You might tap into some artistic talent or writing talent that you have not had time to develop. Turn on some nice, classical music and sit down with your children and have a journaling session next week. You know you like pretty notebooks and school supplies, too. (smile)

Today’s Zone Mission is to shine your tub or shower.

Your Home Blessing for today is to empty the trash, sweep, and mop.

My menu plan for Friday is chicken and a salad.

Have a wonderful weekend!
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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 10. She and her husband have homeschooled for 16 years and have graduated two of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 4 boys who are in grades 12, 10, 8, and 5. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at http://www.tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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