Homeschooling — Journals

OK, I want your ideas! This year, I have decided that my girls will each do a journal with me. I will write in the journal — asking questions, giving assignments, and answering their questions or giving them encouragement. Then each morning, I’ll give them their journals which they will work on throughout the day. They will answer my questions/assignments and they can tell me anything or ask me anything in the journal. It will be a safe place to share ideas. They’ll put the journals on my pillow and I’ll read it and write in it before bed so they can get it at breakfast the next morning. Make sense? (I know I’m not the first person to think of this, and some of you may also do this.)

We started the journals today — sort of as our first little toe in the water of homeschooling for the year.

Lauren is doing 3rd grade work. I had her read Revelation 21 about The New Jerusalem and then I asked her several questions — what she thinks The New Jerusalem (Heaven, Eternity with Jesus) will look like and be like based on these verses, what will not be there, how she will feel, what she looks forward to most. I have a feeling we will discuss eternity for several days in the journal.

Rachel is doing 2nd grade work. I simply asked her what her favorite song is and to tell me why. (She was a little intimidated and asked for something easy to start with.)

I look forward to seeing their writing skills develop throughout the year, as well as their handwriting. But, most of all, I know this will deepen my relationship with each of them. We don’t always have the time and space to sit and have private conversations, so these journals can really fill that gap.

So . . . I’d love your ideas for topics! Fill up that comment box. ๐Ÿ™‚

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3 responses to “Homeschooling — Journals

  1. Hi Jenn,

    We’ve done journals in the past, enjoyed them for a year…then changed up the process for different years. This year we are back to journals. I read Jill Novak’s the Gift of Family Writing and loved it. It really encouraged me and reminded me of the importance of journaling. I’m SO looking forward to it!

    Holly
    choosinghome.com/blog

  2. Jenn, OH what a cool idea – but I’d say that anything that you are doing with kids and journals requires stickers and lots of them. ๐Ÿ™‚ How big are the journals? Can you have them take manilla envelopes and make “mail boxes” for their bedroom doors, for you to put them in, in the morning?
    Will you use them to just write love notes in, for them?

    This just sounds like so much fun! Thanks for sharing.

    Holly – Stop talking about Jill’s book – you’re causing your sister to stumble!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Fun idea–I need to brainstorm with you ideas/how-to’s, etc. for homeschool with David.

    We’re all settled in, don’t technically have Internet yet, can’t send e-mail, but can read it at least. What does your schedule look like for next week? Would you guys like to come over and play/hang out? E-mail me with a good time to call and we can work out the particulars. ๐Ÿ™‚ Miss you guys!

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