UPDATE: Some journals are being updated. I put a
line through journals that have been updated. As soon as I see the journals I can update and place them accordingly.
Not only do I see this question asked many times on the Fun-Schooling Facebook group that I help moderate but I get the same question in my inbox too.
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It's a good question. When I started using The Thinking Tree journals #1 there were a lot less journals and many of the supplemental journals like Are You a Math Genius, The Littlest Math Book, Four Seasons Spelling Time, Fun-School Spelling journals and so forth were not created, there was a lot less to choose from.
And #2 because I was a reviewer Sarah sent me a box of journals so I didn't even have to choose. My first box of goodies was The Do-it-Yourself Eclectic Journal, Christian Family Journal, and the ADHD Journal. All I had to do was pick which child got what, done! =)
Back to the question where do you start with so many wonderfully fun journals?
Keep four things in mind when picking a journal
1. Do I want my child to use the 6 week or 60 day plan?
2. Which cover will my child like. You can have him pick or you can do the picking.
3. Do I want a journal that has my child using their chosen library books (or books from home) daily or a few times a week?
4. Do I want Christian content in the journal?
Once you got that figured out you are on your way. To help you select and choose which journals have the 60 Day Plan or the 6 Week see the list below.
6 Week plan journas. These are the ones that suggest your child use around 10 pages a day for about 4hrs. of delight directed learning or you can use your current program:
Secular journals (6 week) using chosen books daily:
- All About Horses Handbook
- The Charlotte Mason Homeschool Journal
- Kitty Doodle Journal
- The Asperger's Syndrome Journal
Journals with Christian content (6 week) using books daily:
- 6th-8th Grade Journal
- 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Journal
- 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade Journals
- Ages 9-12 Fun-Schooling Journal for Girls
6 Week Journals (books used daily) that have no Christian content but does have space for a prayer list:
- Do-it-Yourself Homeschooling Journal (with horse on cover)
- Do-it-Yourself Homeschooling Journal:Eclectic (space cover)
- The Hyper-Active Journal (ADHD)
- Do-it-Yourself Unschooling Journal UPDATED
60 Day Plan journals (using books daily) 5-6 pages a day - 2 hours of learning:
- Winter Boys Journal (trees on the cover) there is at least one page a day where the child will use their library books (sometimes two pages).
- Summer Learning Handbook UPDATED
- Spring Homeschooling for Girls (flower/butterfly cover pink)
- Autumn Homeschooling Journal
- Winter Journal for Girls (doll & cat on cover)
- Homeschooling Creative Girls Journal (orange cat on cover)
- Library Based Journal for Boys
- Library Based Journal for Girls (large butterfly on cover)
60 Day Plan where books are used a few times a week:
- Active Boys Spring Journal (jar and bug cover)
- Fun-Schooling Spelling Journal
- Four Seasons Spelling Time Book
- Spelling Time Book (ages 10+)
- Teach Your Child to Read, Write, Spell, and Draw
- Teach Your Child to Read, Write, and Spell using 100 Easy Bible Verses
- Bible Time Vocabulary: 100 Words
Read more about the Spelling Journals and visit my Thinking Tree page to find reviews regarding some of the spelling journals.
- The Littlest Math Book
- Comic Book Math
- Are You a Math Genius
- Multiplication Games - 180 Days of Math
- Bible Games - Math, Spelling, and Creativity
Hopefully the lists above will be helpful with you choosing a journal. Please do make sure you read the description on Amazon before purchasing. I've tried to categorize them as best I could but as you can see there are A LOT!
(This post is under construction. Please excuse the mess. It will update soon.)