Journaling Through the Alphabet

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 provides 26 journaling ideas over all subjects for all ages. | www.joyinthehome.com

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.

Anatomy Journaling | www.joyinthehome.com

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

Get tips on how to implement these three letters.

Founding Father Journaling | www.joyinthehome.com

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.

See ideas to add these three letters to your family's learning.

History Journaling | www.joyinthehome.com

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.

These three letters have some wonderful tips here.

King Journaling | www.joyinthehome.com

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.

Be sure to check out the ideas for these two letters.

Lewis & Clark Journaling | www.joyinthehome.com

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.

Be sure to check out the ideas for these two letters.

Ocean Journaling | www.joyinthehome.com

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.

More ideas for these letters are a click away.

Science Journaling | www.joyinthehome.com

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!

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United States | www.joyinthehome.com

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.

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Extra Activities Journaling | www.joyinthehome.com

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.

See ideas to add to your homeschooling with these two letters.

Zoology Journaling | www.joyinthehome.com

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.

Gain inspiration with one click for these two letters.

My Top 10 Homeschool Resources I Wouldn’t Teach Without

Most homeschool moms think about purchasing curriculum for just the year they are teaching, but some of my best homeschool resources for teaching aren't curriculum. In my nearly 2 decades of homeschooling, I have been able to invest in some of the best resources that I could find that fit our beliefs, our homeschooling philosophy and enriched our lessons with these resources. As a Charlotte Mason educator, resources become more and more of our homeschool.

My Top 10 Homeschool Resources I Wouldn’t Teach Without - Learn about what I absolutely LOVE to use in our homeschool. | www.joyinthehome.com

Often times, these resources have been used alongside our curriculum, during sick days or teacher's day off (we need these sometimes, you know) or as a large part of our assignments. I love that these are non-consumable, so I'm able to use these with all of my children and year after year.

My Top 10 Homeschool Resources I Wouldn't Teach Without

  1. The Bible – As Christians, this is one resource that I would never want to live without. We use our Bible for daily reading, discipleship, early history and for memory work.
  2. A Charlotte Mason Companion – This one book has been a pivotal book in our homeschooling journey.  I have read it more times than I have children and may fit it in one more time before my youngest start his ‘kindergarten' year. I love how gentle she presents this way of education and feel blessed to have learned this early in our homeschool.
  3. All Through the Ages – Living books are the bulk of our curriculum and this resources has helped me identify great ones in the time period or geography themed that our homeschool curriculum was planning to go. A gold nugget to anyone trying to use living books for their homeschooling.
  4. The Wall Chart of World History – The older my children got in homeschooling the more this resource was used by them independently. They were able to use this resource to plan out their Binder Books with ease and they were always excited about things they found on the timeline.
  5. The 101 Series – Our children love these DVDs. I have no doubt that when the Physics DVDs come out, my graduated children will still want to watch them because they were so entertaining while teaching science in a creative way that held the attention of our whole family. We started with Biology 101 and then used Chemistry 101. I loved that the Biology was based on the literal days of creation. This made it easy to teach high school science with these DVDs while including my younger children and allowing me to learn aside them.  Wes Olson is a great science teacher! The new DVD set of Physics is now available.
  6. Liberty Kids – This PBS series is one of the best ways to get your youngest children interested in the American Revolution. All of my children have watched this series and loved it. I was so thrilled to find it on Amazon , so we could add it to our homeschool with ease or take it on a trip with us in our vehicle. One of the best things for whetting the appetite of a child.
  7. American Heritage Series – I use this series for middle and high school grades. Our family LOVES it and watches it together, often times in the evening to ensure my husband can enjoy it with us. We always have a good discussion afterward.
  8. Moody Bible Institute – Anything that you can use that done by Moody Bible Institute would be worth having as a resource. We have used their 19 DVD series, as well as Wonders of Creation DVDs, which are part of the Amazon Prime Membership!
  9. Poems for Memorization – I love this little book!  I have assigned so many great poems for all of my children at all ages. One of the best resources of its kind.
  10. Nest Videos – Another series my children have grown up loving! The Old Testament, New Testament and Heroes Series is something that we loved so much we have started replacing for our youngest to enjoy with the DVDs.

I love having these resources for me to pull out at any time or for my children to pull out on their own.  If you aren't considering good things for homeschool resources, you should!