This book is recommended for ages 9-14. You determine the reading level by the books you have your child choose. If you have a 9yr. old and a 14yr. old using this journal, they simply read books at their grade level.
This is a six week journal, meaning if you have your child do the suggested amount of pages (from date to date pages) which is between 8-10 pages a day, the book will last a full six weeks - providing roughly four hours of delight-directed learning or structured learning if you use it with your regular "boxed" curriculum (like I do at times).
- Math Practice pages - like the ones found in Are You a Math Genius?
- Object Lesson (the Hyper Active has Job pages)
- Eye Contact Therapy Pages
Let me give you a three day walk through of this wonderful journal.
The opposite page is How are you feeling today? Another great way to bond with your child. Ask him or her why he/she is feeling that way. Mom can use a different color gel pen or colored pencil to show what mood she's in as well.
If you have an older child, require complete sentences but the purpose is to keep it fun! Sometimes I have my child read through a lesson (when we are using our boxed curriculum) and use all four boxes to fill in what he read. If it was history I'll sometimes have him use one box for each of the w's: who, what, where, when. We are always changing things so do what's best for your child and be creative.
The Spelling Time pages are always fun. You will have your child use his books to find words. In the page above your child will find 20 words with 4 letters. They can also run around the house and find words on cereal boxes, magazines, etc.
If you have a younger child, mom can write while your little one dictates to you or have him draw something, cut out a picture from a magazine or newspaper, again, get creative and have fun!
Copywork, I love my child doing copywork. This is one of the reasons I love this books is it includes copywork daily.
The last page your child will do in day 1 is Thinking Time. A fun way to get some logic in your child's day. These pages are taken from the Dyslexia Games series.
Winter journal for girls and I love to add what the weather is like or something special. One time my son brought me home a Flat White from Starbucks so I wrote that on my date page.
Letter Doodles give your child a chance to de-stress by tracing and coloring.
Another way to use this page is have your child draw what a person in their books would eat or the era of what they are reading. What did people in South America eat a 100 years ago. An older child can write how food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, was prepared back in the days of Laura Ingalls, or the great depression. Get creative and have fun with this page!
And that is a three "day" walk through.
Others way to use the Hyper-Active journal:
- Fun Friday - make Friday a fun schooling day using the journal and games!
- Rainy day journal - use it for just that! On a rainy day. Make it special and do some pages together.
- Need a break? Pull out the journal and have your child use it on his own while you do something for yourself like read a book, spend time in the Word, or do the dishes and sweep the floor.
- Every 4th week use your journal. Five days of fun-schooling with The Thinking Tree
- Moving, having a baby, etc. use the journal during that time to give your child some independent work while you rest or get things ready for a move.
These journals are so flexible. If 10 pages is too much - complete a few a day. Use the date-to-date pages to gauge a weeks worth of work by having your child work a few pages a day.
As with all The Thinking Tree Journals the Hper-Active Journal uses the Open Dyslexic Font. The Thinking Tree journals are designed to help children with Dyslexia, Asperger's, ADD/ADHD, and other learning challenges but of course can be used by any child (or grown-up).