Thursday, March 4, 2010

Homeschool Journal

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While considering new ways of keeping track of the many upcoming plans we have for our school year, crafts, ongoing activities, and the likes I also considered journaling our school year. The idea was inspired quite some time ago and it was more a matter of making it work. I had planned to use a normal spiral bound journal/notebook, but I was concerned about how it would play out. Then there was a discussion on one of the homeschool message boards I frequent about Lifestyle Journals. The thought appealed to me and I even made a knock-off version to try out, but I wasn't very keen on it. It just didn't fit my needs.

As homeschoolers we are constantly learning and doing things and the idea of a weekly journal was something I was highly interested in. A place to note all the smaller things that weren't on the plans for the week. The discussion we had about elections and how they differ in each country. The random facts our kids come up with that lead to bigger discussions are constantly surprising and the conversations can be quite deep considering their ages. It's fun to keep track of these and to make notes of the unschooling moments we have, which can often lead to bigger studies.
So, I loaded up the trusty old scrapbooking program and made my own. I like to think of it as our 'Book of Days'. If you print on the front and back of a paper (I always do, paper's too valuable not to) it's only a 2 paper spread for each week, this works for me. I can print them off and jot down notes as they happen through the day or week. It doesn't take the place of my planner, but there are weeks when I only use the journal pages. I love that I can jot down notes at random for specific things we've done, even if it's just a discussion. Want to try them out for yourself? You can download them here.

7 comments:

Amber said...

I love, love, love your printables!! Thank you so much for sharing.

Michele said...

These are fabulous Kendra! Thanks so much for sharing them.

Lori said...

Thank you for sharing. I have been trying to come up with a journal format that will work. Printing... :)

Alea said...

What a lovely idea! I have been carrying boxes around (have to save everything for the presidential museum) of my children's papers for years...This is a much nicer way to document their school days!

Tracey said...

Kendra, I love that basket! I love the printables too but the basket is so cleaver.

Kendra said...

Tracey, it's called a Water Hyacinth FileBox. The boys workboxes are made of the same material! ;)

Marya said...

This is great Kendra!!!