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You can read about the Autumn, Winter Girls, and Spring Boys journals, all part of the Fun-Schooling seasonal series. There is also a Summer and Spring Girls journals as well and hopefully soon
Winter Boys Journal is for ages 9-17 and works best if your son can read at a 3rd grade level. This is a secular journal. You can have your son use a Bible as part of the his daily reading if you like. My boys are in AWANA so they do their Bible separately.
It's suggested that your child complete around five pages a day - 20 pages a month. If using the journal daily it will last for 60 days of delight directed (with a little bit of structure) learning. Your son can check out books that he is interested in from the library to complete the pages in the Winter Boys Journal. This journal gives about 2 hours worth of schooling!
Why such a broad age range for this journal? Your child will check out books according to his reading and comprehension level making it at his grade level. If your child is older, require more from him: complete sentences, neater work, and more details.
Let me take you on a walk of what your son will do this week (if using the Winter Boys journal):
I love the journals that have the Circle Today's Date because it helps guide my kiddos where to start and when to stop. Some journals like the Active Boys Journal don't have these pages. This is to give you more freedom. Some moms and kids might prefer to pick and choose their pages out of order or just want to use a few pages a day. Other mamas like me LOVE the structure of "date" pages. And they are always fun to write other things like what is the weather like or a verse/quote.
Some boys enjoy coloring (unfortunately mine don't). Coloring is very relaxing but if you kiddo doesn't like to color, encourage him to write a verse that he's memorizing or a quote. This is what I plan to do with my boys when they get to this journal.
Same with the Draw a Meal Plan. It doesn't have to be your meal plan. It can be Benjamin Franklin's or the Vikings meal plan.
Have your son draw his favorite meal plan. If he was in charge of the meals for a day what would you all eat?
Learning a Skill, how fun! Write your goals, notes, and what your son is learning: woodworking, gardening, fixing a car, etc.
Spelling Time page, one of my favorites (yes, I've done this page myself!). Your son can find words using his books or if he needs to get up and move, he can look around the house too!
Copywork page, I love having my kids do copywork.
Also included are a few (literally a handful) recipe pages where you child can copy a favorite recipe of theirs or copy a recipe from an old cookbook (what did Laura Ingalls cook and eat). And Listening Time pages, again just a handful. These are pages where your child can listen to an audio book or classical music while writing, drawing, or doodling on the next page which is blank.
Disclaimer: Just a review because I love The Thinking Tree books. I purchased this one myself for my boys to use in the future!