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Eclectic Journal (Space Cover) Review

I have been helping Sarah from The Thinking Tree write some of the Amazon descriptions. After I had written about twenty of them, we realized that Amazon only allows so many characters/words, haha, so we have to take some words out. My goal when writing the description was to really give you mamas an idea of what was in that particular journal. I get so many questions with people wanting to know this-or-that about a journal. I thought all that work, and we have to shorten the description, hehe. Anyway, Sarah and I thought it would be great to share with you all.

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Eclectic Journal (Space Cover)


Is mom needing a break from teaching for 6 weeks?!?! Would you like to give your child four hours of fun and guided learning so you can get some much-needed housework done or teach another child? The Do-it-Yourself Homeschooling Journal can help! This journal is recommended for ages 9-17 and works best if your child reads at a 2nd or 3rd-grade level.

The Do-it-Yourself Homeschool Journal -  6-week plan uses library books, online tutorials and documentaries, nature study, and the internet (but don't worry they'll be using books more). It has over 350 pages of fun learning for your child. Have your child complete 10 pages each day which comes to about 4 hours of fun & guided learning. 


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Action Steps: Go to the library or bookstore and have your child choose at least eight books, provide a pencil, a smooth black pen, colored pencils or gel pens and let the fun begin!

Many children are more interested in books than textbooks. Now you can turn any stack of books into a customized curriculum for your child without a lot of work on your part. This is an excellent way to deepen their knowledge in topics that are of interest to them!

The Do-it-Yourself Homeschool Journal for Eclectic Learners is a fun way to get copywork, creative writing, nature study, spelling, logic puzzles, Screen Time (using tutorials, movies, & documentaries), and reading completed all with books (or movies) that your child chooses. Learning is more fun when children are able to learn about things they are interested in.


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Activity pages that are not completed daily but are “rotated” in this journal are the Listening Time, My Fun Page, World News Today, Fun Writing Practice, and Draw a Meal Plan.


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Each day starts with a Circle Today’s Date making it easy for your child to know where to start and stop for the day. The Start Your Day is a place for your child to copy a verse or quote, write a prayer list and a to-do list. There is no scripture in this journal, but it does have a space for a prayer list.


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The Do-it-Yourself Journal is a unique way for your child to learn giving him a chance to be in “control” of his learning in a guided way (make sure to add math). 

The Do-it-Yourself Homeschool Journal is great for students with Dyslexia, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, and other learning challenges. Sarah Janisse Brown is a dyslexia therapist and creator of Dyslexia Games (www.dyslexiagames.com).  Sarah has helped many moms Flip to Fun-Schooling using her Curriculum Journals

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This homeschooling journal is great for busy families, unschoolers, eclectic learners, Charlotte Mason inspired, and delight directed learners. Even some textbook moms have found success using this method with their boxed curriculum.

All journals are written using the Dyslexie Font.

What others are saying about the Do-it-Yourself Homeschooling Journal:

My daughter is loving this new (to us) style of homeschool! She loves it... And I do too! It's most easily described as Organized Unschooling. They get to pick 8 subjects and the book gives them different lessons to apply them. It utilizes the public library, YouTube, Google, DVDs, etc” ~Laura A.G.

“We were given this journal as a gift for my son. I was so happy with it I have purchased a couple more. This book is great for any struggling homeschooler. My son is easily distracted, he can't concentrate for very long and never sits still. But with this book, he gets to choose what he is learning, and since the activities usually don't take that long he can do them with little effort. The pages are filled with fun artwork, and areas for him to doodle or draw, and color. So far we love our homeschooling journal.” ~Mani

Take a peek inside this journal.

Not ready to use use the Eclectic Learners Journal full time? Then try it over the summer or once or twice a week, make it a Fun Friday journal or a rainy day journal. 

These journals are great for after or weekend schoolers too!


Summer Learning Handbook by The Thinking Tree (Review)

I've been helping Sarah from The Thinking Tree write some of the Amazon descriptions. After I wrote about twenty of them we realized that Amazon only allows so many characters/words, haha, so we have to take some words out. My goal when writing the description was to really give you mamas an idea of what was in that particular journal. I get so many questions with people wanting to know this-or-that about a journal. I thought all that work and we have to shorten the description, hehe. Anyway, Sarah and I thought it would be great to share with you all.


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Summer Journal
Kids out of school and need something to keep their minds active, that’s where the Summer Journal comes in.  If your child can read at least a 2nd-grade level and is between the ages of 7 to 17 then he or she is ready for some fun learning through the summer (or any time of the year). Younger children may need some help while older children can work independently.

Theme: Forest & Summer Garden


The Summer Learning Handbook For Creative Kids 60 Day plan uses library books, online tutorials and documentaries, nature study, and the internet (but don't worry they'll be using books more). With 300 pages of fun learning for your child. Have your child complete 5-6 pages each day which comes to about 2-3 hours of fun & guided learning. 

Action Steps: Go to the library or bookstore and have your child choose at least eight books, provide a pencil, a smooth black pen, colored pencils or gel pens and let the fun begin!

Many children are more interested in books than textbooks. Now you can turn any stack of books into a customized curriculum for your child without a lot of work on your part. This is an excellent way to deepen their knowledge in topics that are of interest to them!



The Summer Journal starts each day with a Circle Today’s Date page which makes it easy for your child to know where to start and stop each day. There will always be some sort of writing a lesson for your child either through copywork or being asked to write about their day or the child may be encouraged to illustrate a picture and write about it. Copywork may be from their book some days but other times it will be through copying a recipe.

About every other day or so there is a 1 hour Reading Time page. Your child will choose a book to read for 15 minutes then write or draw something about it. Your child will use four books to read, write and/or draw about. An hour may sound like a lot but don't worry, it doesn't have to be all in one sitting. If he needs a break from reading complete the Screen Time page next! How fun to turn a documentary, movie, or YouTube tutorial into school time! Watch, write, & draw about it!



With the Summer Journal your child searching their books for spelling words or if he/she needs to get up and move, have him look around the house for words. Your child will be interacting with the words from his books or cereal boxes and copying them in his journal.

Other pages included (pages are rotated~only about 5 pages will be completed each day):
Coloring page -illustrations to color
Illustrated To-Do List (draw what needs to be done or write if your child prefers)
Copywork -copy a passage of your child's choosing from a book
Draw a Meal Plan -draw and illustrate what was eaten that day, make a meal plan or tie it into history and draw what the person from the era of history you are studying would have eaten!
Recipe -your child will copy a recipe from a cookbook
My Thinking Page -child will write goals, ideas, I’m thankful for, and a checklist
Sketch a Picture -gives the child a chance to be creative and wind the brain down to process the learning from the previous subjects!
Relax and be Creative -coloring pages, this activity may help improve concentration and build creative thinking. We need our kids to color more =)
Nature Study - a nice break and 'excuse' to put the books away and go the kids outside!
Listening Time -listen to an audio book or classical music and color or draw another great brain exercise that can help our children retain more information. 
Learning a Skill -a place for your child to write/draw/describe a new skill they are learning whether it be woodcutting or growing tomatoes!



The Summer Journal 60 Day Plan is great for students with Dyslexia, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, and other learning challenges. Sarah Janisse Brown is a dyslexic therapist and creator of Dyslexia Games (www.dyslexiagames.com).  Sarah has helped many moms Flip to Fun-Schooling using her Curriculum Journals. 

This homeschooling journal is great for busy families, unschoolers, eclectic learners, Charlotte Mason inspired, and delight directed learners. Even some textbook moms have found success using this method with their boxed curriculum.

What others are saying:

“It's summertime and school is out. Your kiddos have a lot of time on their hands now. Studies have shown that students who don't read during the summer break see their reading abilities decline. Not good. If you're looking for a fun way to keep your kids’ reading than you might want to try Summer Learning Handbook for Creative Kids 60 Day Plan.” ~Homeschooling6

A great book for anyone looking to do some interest based learning. My kids love picking their topics and especially the film and nature study pages.” ~Amazon Customer


Take a peek inside this journal, enjoy!





Look What We Found

I was excited to see this in my neighborhood!
Little Free Library
This is between two houses on a little path to the pool. I had seen it before but from an angle where I couldn't tell what it was. I usually saw it as we were driving away.

Yesterday Annette and I passed it and I was so super excited to see it was a Little Free Library and my kids knew about it!!! Can you believe that, and they didn't even tell their mama!

We peeked inside, Annette found a book she was interested in reading and so did I. And because we didn't want to just take, plus we have tons of books at home, we walked home, and returned with six books to add to the Little Free Library.

Horse Dreams by The Thinking Tree Review



I've been helping Sarah from The Thinking Tree write some of the Amazon descriptions. After I wrote about twenty of them we realized that Amazon only allows so many characters/words, haha, so we have to take some words out. My goal when writing the description was to really give you mamas an idea of what was in that particular journal. I get so many questions with people wanting to know this-or-that about a journal. I thought all that work and we have to shorten the description, hehe. Anyway, Sarah and I thought it would be great to share with you all.



Horse Dreams (by Naomi)



Do you have a horse loving daughter in your home between the ages of 7-10 (or a little older)? If so The Thinking Tree has a journal just for her! Horse Dreams has 180 Learning Games, Lessons, & Activities. This one is extra special because 11-year-old Naomi Brown (the author’s daughter) illustrated and helped put this one together. What an inspiration Naomi is to other girls her age!


Action Steps: Go to the library or bookstore, bring home a stack of at least FIVE interesting books about horses (make sure to choose some with pictures and diagrams and illustrations), and few horse movies too along with gel pens, colored pencils, and a pen or pencil.


Depending on the age and goals your daughter can complete between 2-5 pages a day for a few hours of delight directed and fun learning.





Subject and Topics included in this journal:


~Coloring pages: use crayons, gel pens, or colored pencils. Let the child add to the picture and make it her own using!

~Five Facts About Me: this page has an illustration to color and write down facts about it.

~To Do List page: this page has space for your daughter to write her list of things to do, draw & doodle, and a How are you Feeling Today? (she can color the emotion face).

~Art & Logic: here she will draw the missing part.

~Reading Time page: she can write & draw about what she read.

Photographs of real horses throughout are used in this journal.

~Backyard Science page: draw or write about the things you see outside.

~Cursive Writing Practice: half the page has a cursive upper & lowercase font. The second half of the page has lines to practice cursive.





~Spelling Time: this page has your daughter use her books to find 10 words that start with a certain letter (you choose the letter).

~Color & Trace the Horses: an illustration drawn by Naomi to color and trace.

~Movie Time: watch a movie, documentary, or tutorial about horses and write/draw and rate it.

~Math Design Time: graph paper for math practice, lessons, stable designs, or notes.





~Trace & Color: a two-page spread. On the left is a photograph of a real horse on the right is the same horse but printed in lighter ink for your daughter to trace & color.

~Copywork: copy a paragraph from one of her books and below she can illustrate it.

~Draw Anything page: be creative and draw anything

~ list to an audiobook, classical music, or read aloud and doodle or draw on this page. There is also space to write what your daughter listened to.

~Creative Writing: this page has a picture that your daughter will write about.

There are Photographs of real horses throughout are used in this journal



The paper in this journal is a nice cream colored paper which is great for dyslexic students.

The Horse Dreams Journal uses the Dyslexie Font by Christian Boer.


Use this book along with Dyslexia Games Therapy to help your child overcome problems with reading, writing, and spelling. Visit www.DyslexiaGames.com and choose Series A for ages 5 to 8, or Series B for Ages 8 to 12.

The Do-it-Yourself Homeschool Journal: Horse Dreams is great for students with Dyslexia, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, and other learning challenges. Sarah Janisse Brown is a dyslexic therapist and creator of Dyslexia Games (www.dyslexiagames.com). Sarah has helped many moms Flip to Fun-Schooling using her Curriculum Journals.




This homeschooling journal is great for busy families, unschoolers, eclectic learners, Charlotte Mason inspired, and delight directed learners. Even some textbook moms have found success using this method with their boxed curriculum.

What others are saying:

“We have really enjoyed Horse Dreams Fun-schooling Journal. It is the first thing my 10-year-old daughter wants to complete each morning. She enjoys the freedom of expression it employs while getting to explore the world of horses. This has been a joy to use and has added a lot to our daily homeschooling routine. A definitely recommend.” Lori A


“What a breath of fresh air for the tired homeschool mom! My daughter loves this book, and I found myself sneaking to color in it so often, that I ended up with one of the Mom Journals :-)” Amazon Customer~J&A




Take a peek inside this journal.




Real Science 4 Kids Middle School Chemistry Review!

Is your child interested in chemistry? Real Science 4 Kids Focus on Middle School Chemistry for grades 5-8. I love that the text is in color and keywords are bolded in red. The font is fun and "kid" friendly. By "kid friendly" I mean that it doesn't look like regular textbook fonts like Times Roman or Serif fonts which for kids can get pretty boring and seem "adultish".
Real Science 4 Kids

What I received:
~Middle School Chemistry Teachers Manual: the teachers manual is an 88-page softcover book that contains much more than an answer key! The Teacher Manual has mini pages of the student workbook with the answers,

For each chapter, it lists the materials needed, the time required,, and sometimes a 'Just for Fun' for instance in chapter 6: Mixtures there is a recipe for Easy Chocolate Cake! There are notes for each section in the workbook for example in chapter 6 section 6.4 it will tell you that the main point to emphasize in this section is how soap "allows" oils to dissolve in water and so forth.

~ Full Color 78 page Student Textbook: the textbook includes a full-color periodic table which is just cool! The Student Workbook consist of 10 chapters. Each chapter has 2-8 sections which are titles.

Example: for Chapter 6 Mixtures:
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Types of Mixtures
6.3 Like Dissolves Like
6.4 Soap
6.5 Summary

By having the sections in each chapter divided, it really helps with "breaking" up the reading. Younger students or students who struggle with reading can see that light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes a section will be a few paragraphs long other times up to six or more. The chapters are kept short too which keeps the reading enjoyable and keeps the kids interested. I know my boys don't like super long chapters when it comes to school ;)

Don't let the short chapters fool you though, Real Science 4 Kids does a wonderful job with providing lots of information it's just not set-up in a boring way. I'd rather have my boys read something short that is jammed packed with great information and colorful illustrations AND retain that information than having to read a long boring chapter and not remember much. This is where I believe less can be more.

Real Science 4 Kids Student Text

The full-color illustrations really help the child to "see" chemistry. I believe pictures (even for adults) help us understand the information, especially with a subject like chemistry. A pronunciation guide is provided along with a glossary. I really, really, appreciate the pronunciation guide because if I'm not sure how to pronounce words like cytosine or guanine, I don't have to go to the computer and google it which takes time -time I don't want to spend searching how to pronounce a word.

Each chapter and section of the Student Textbook correspond with the Teacher Manual.

~Laboratory Workbook: love the name! What child doesn't like the word laboratory and it sounds so much more interesting than saying, "Here's your science workbook."

The Laboratory Workbook is set up to record an experiment for each chapter. Your child will write the objective, hypothesis, results, conclusion, and review. By review I mean they will define terms, answer questions and sometimes illustrate.

Real Science 4 Kids Laboratory Workbook


I also purchased the downloadable Study Notebook: this is a fun extra, it's totally optional. Your student will assemble the pieces in a tri-folder study notebook. It's sort of similar to a lapbook. The Study Notebook comes with an answer key, instructions, and is 26 pages, all student pages are in color!

Real Science 4 Kids


Real Science 4 Kids Study Folder

Suggested Schedule:
Monday: read the chapter. For a struggling reader, you can alternate the reading or make it a 'read aloud'. Or have your child read to you or on his own.
Tuesday: go over the laboratory experiment and collect what is needed.
Wednesday: have your child do the lab experiment and record the data
Thursday: complete the review page of the Laboratory Workbook.
Friday: if you purchased the Study Folder complete the page that corresponds with the chapter and/or use the Graphics to make flashcards, posters, and such for review.

Please note that I did not receive the Lessons Plans which contains a self-tests for each chapter (among other things) therefore I did not include them in my suggested schedule. Real Science 4 Kids has a schedule that includes the self-test which you can find on their website. Just click the "How to Use" tab.

Pros: colorful, great illustrations, short chapters that are packed with lots of information, student-friendly font, includes fun experiments, easy to get started, it's flexible, and teacher friendly too!

Cons: there are only 10 chapters. If you do a chapter a week it will last only 10 weeks. You can flesh it out by purchasing the Study Folder, Graphicsand library books. Or you can stretch out chapters to last two weeks. You can do this in two ways. One, have science only three times a week instead of daily or two do all the reading and the laboratory workbook one week and use the Study Folder, Graphics, and library books the second week.