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The Charlotte Mason Homeschool Journal Review

This Thinking Tree Thursday I thought I’d share about (aff) The Charlotte Mason Homeschool Journal: & Delight Directed Learning Handbook.

The suggested amount of pages per day for this journal is 10 so typically there are10-11 pages to complete  between the date pages. The date pages are where the child circles the day of week, month, etc. and at our house is how my kids know where to start and stop.

If completing 10 pages a day your child will have about 4+ hours of structured fun-schooling. Now don’t let the word ‘structured’ scare you. I know this is a delight directed journal but that’s what makes The Thinking Tree journals so different. Your child is able to learn what he’s interested in but yet have some guidance.

The Charlotte Mason journal is different from the other in that it has picture studies. Your child will study a black & white picture (Picture Study Page) and answer the four questions on the Picture Study Notes page.
 Charlotte Mason Journal
This journal is recommended for a child who can read and write at a 4th grade level.
If using this journal with the suggested 10 pages daily a day will look like this:
  • Circle Today’s Date: this is where I have my kids start each journal day
  • Start Your Day! this page has your child copy a verse or quote, my plans, and to-do-list.
  • Letter Doodles: your child practices writing letters by tracing and coloring in the letters.
  • Picture Study page and Picture Study Notes: this is two pages that I count as 1.
  • Nature Study: have your child go outside and draw something from nature or use a book to find something that is found in nature (plants, rocks, animals, etc.).
  • Reading Time: this page ha a child pick 4 books from their stack and spend 15 minutes reading then complete one of the boxes. Your child can draw or write something about what they read.
  • Spelling Time: your child will hunt through their books for words to write in their journal.
  • Screen Time: watch a documentary, educational program, movie, or tutorial and write a few sentences about it.
  • Math Practice: a graph page.
  • World News Today: read with your child about a current event. The child will color on the map where the even happened and either summarize in words or draw a picture.
  • Copywork: your child chooses what he would like to copy from one of his books
Charlotte Mason Journal
Other pages that your child will encounter in this book but not as often as the above pages  is:
  • Draw a Meal Plan: this doesn’t have to be their meal plan. Get creative and draw what others around the world eat. Are you studying ancient times? What did they eat. Did you just read about a missionary? What kind of foods did they eat. What are some of the meals that the characters in your child’s book would eat, have them draw and write about it on their meal pages.
  • Fun Writing Practice: your child can explore writing or practice their penmanship.
  • Draw Anything Page: a page for your child to draw whatever they want! Encourage them to have fun with this page.
  • Listening Time has two pages that I count as one. One page has the child write down what they are listening too while being creative on the next page. Have your child draw or write something, copy some Dyslexia Games puzzles, etc. You can even add something you’d like them to do by taping a page from a coloring book for them to color. 
  • Animal Quiz: on this page is an animal or bug and your child is to draw the animals habitat, food, and enemies (a little research time).
  • Coloring Page: a picture to color
The pages in bold are what I call the “Main Pages” because they are in all the journals (at least from what I have seen with the dozen journals that I own).

And as always you can assign as many pages as you like. You don’t have to have your child complete all the pages. Have them use a few pages a day along with one Reading Time box to complete.

If you love what curricula you are using now, that’s great, you can use The Charlotte Mason Journal once or twice a week. Do you have a four day school week and are looking for something different on Friday? Use The Charlotte Mason journal as a Fun-Friday school day.

Cold days are coming, lots of rainy days, this journal can be your Rainy-Day homeschooling book of fun-learning.
Charlotte Mason Journal
What I would love to see in this book is to have the Picture Study and Picture Study Notes pages be side to side. This way the child doesn’t have to flip back-and-forth when answering the questions on Picture Study Note page. Although this is perfect if you prefer your child to study the picture than answer the questions without looking.
Charlotte Mason Journal
Sometimes the Listening Page and Draw Anything Page are side-by-side. For my boys that’s a lot of empty space to fill. Usually they are spaced out but every so often they are both assigned within the 10 per day pages.

EDITED - Item Update: it now has Timeline of Centuries in the back of the journal.
New pages! Below is a "two" day walk through of The Charlotte Mason Journal.
Inside cover

 Child picks books. These don't have to be filled out in one day. As the child finishes and adds books he can come back and add titles.
The Start of Day 1

 Day 1 ends with copywork and Day 2 on the opposite page.

 More Animal Quiz pages have been added.

 End of Day 2 and ready to start Day 3!

Part of the update a Storyboard of World History (timeline) is included.
My Storyboard of World History in the back.
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  1. I love the Picture Study pages! We haven't used this journal yet, but I think I'm adding it to our wish list for future use! I agree about the listening time and draw anything pages... My kids don't like having to do both in one day, plus a nature study! But we love the JOURNALS!! So its not really a complaint. :-)

    I like you disclaimed button. I need to make one!

  2. Thank you Megan, I agree, not a complaint, we sometimes skip one of them if they are all assigned on the same day.

    If you don't have time to make a disclaimer button, for now, at least write it out at the end of your review (if the product was given to you) so as not to receive a letter from the FTC.

  3. Your reviews are so helpful! Thank you!