Journaling through the alphabet contains 26 journaling ideas for all ages on most subjects. This is a great way to get your family working together on the same topics and learning together through journaling. We have used Binder Books to do some of the ideas listed in this round up of ideas.
Journaling Through the Alphabet
If you love the idea of journaling or want to get away from using so many textbooks then these ideas are a great way to include more living books and journaling into your homeschool day. If you aren't sure how to journal, take a look at my Beginner's Guide to Nature Journaling to get inspired.
A is for Anatomy – Anatomy is the study of the body. There is so much to learn about the body and this study will only make your child (and you) to grow more in awe of the Creator.
B is for Biography – Biographies are huge in our homeschooling method. So you can imagine the amount of biographies we read. Our favorite biographies that we have ever read are from YWAM Publishing.
C is for Composers – A perfect way to add a Charlotte Mason method into your homeschool
D is for Dinosaurs – All of my boys have loved dinosaurs and being such creationist, we make the study of dinosaurs part of our homeschooling journey. One of my favorite journaling ideas for boys is to have them journal dinosaurs.
E is for Explorers – One of my favorite ways to study the explorers is in a unit study format. I share some great lesson plans on my Charlotte Mason Way blog.
F is for Founding Fathers – We are a very patriotic family and studying the founding of our country is something we start at a very young age. One of our necessary things to study is the Declaration of Independence.
G is for Geography – I love that geography can be taught by itself or within any study of a person's life. My son loved when we really took a full year to journal and learn about some great places across the globe.
H is for History – I love using journaling in history! In our high school American History, our children have journaled historical eras in Binder Book form and each of them learned different aspects because it was interest-lead with a few guidelines of what was necessary to include.
I is for Israelites – To study the Israelites, it is fun to do a family tree, study the locations that they settled and a little history for each of the tribes.
J is for Jesus – Studying the life of Jesus is one of the best ways to share your Christian beliefs with your children.
K is for King – Kings are a great way to study a country, empire or nation. Using a good timeline from Bible times to current times is a good way to study the line of Kings for different countries, their titles and what they are best known for, including the battles or wars that happened during their reign.
L is for Lewis & Clark – In 1803, Lewis and Clark led the expedition into the Louisianna Territory known as the Corp of Discovery.
M is for Monuments – The United States if full of great historical monuments that every child should be able to identify at a glance.
N is for New World – We have read a lot of different books about the New World, the 13 colonies and the beginning of our nation. There are so many journaling ideas that you can do for these studies, but allowing a personal interest to lead what is journaled during these studies will really be exciting for the children.
O is for Oceans – What child wouldn't love to have a study on the ocean and all that is within it.
P is for Plants – The study of plants can be such a fun way to add hands-on learning through journaling.
Q is for Queen – Just with studying Kings, Queens can prove to be a great way to introduce history of other countries and times.
R is for Recipes – Calling all cooks into the kitchen to journal a recipe is so much fun!
S is for Science – Our family loves science and we utilize journaling so much within this subject, even into high school!
T is for Trees – I love using nature as a journaling opportunity. Studying trees is a great way to introduce journaling into your homeschooling.
U is for the United States – Being citizens of the United States is a blessing and one that I want my children to appreciate.
V is for Vivaldi – Vivaldi is a composer of the famous Vivaldi's Four Seasons classical music series.
W is for Writing – Within our Charlotte Mason journey, writing narration has become a given part of our assignments and it is an easy thing to add to journaling.
X is for eXtra Activities – I love having my children journal about what they learned on our field trips and bring their own perspective into their learning.
Y is for Yearly Evaluation – One thing I love about the Charlotte Mason method is how she taught to do evaluations. Her evaluations were not things that the children filled in the blanks or pick an answer from multiple choices, but rather were the concepts of the child from their memory of what they remembered from something they studies.
Z is for Zoology – There is nothing so exciting to a younger child than learning about animals and the study of zoology is a wonderful journaling idea.