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
Get tips on how to implement these three letters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
More ideas for these letters are a click away.
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.
Get inspiration for these three letters.
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.
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.
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If you know anything about the Charlotte Mason way, you know how important it is to take a nature walk as part of a child's education. Many times we get so focused on the book academics that we lose sight of the benefits of taking these walks with our children, and often times need a reminder of how to add them to our homeschooling. I know I need the reminder from time to time!
Nature Walk Bag
Several years ago, I read a book that I inspired my own homeschool journey and the desire to have a nature walk with my own children often. The book, Wild Days: Creating Discovery Journals talks about just escaping from the wild times in life by just grabbing a nature walk bag, and heading out into nature.
Truly just saying let's go. No need to prepare anything!
The concept is amazing, and one that more homeschool moms need to remember, as a way to plan necessary diversions when life just gets crazy and out of our control to fix right at that moment.
To implement these ‘Wild Days' in your homeschooling, the tools needed would be a well put together nature walk bag. Depending on how many children, and their ages, you can choose to pack just one and the adult carry it, or you can pack one for each of your children. If you have older children, like I do, having their own nature walk bag will prove beneficial.
I would highly recommend doing this for a special gift, perhaps for a birthday, a holiday or to start a school year.
Here are the NON-PERISHABLE items you will want to pack, and replace once you returned home and before you put the bag(s) in their storage place:
- Granola Bars or a trail mix
- Water Bottle
- Dried fruit
- Snack size bags of cookies or crackers
You may want to consider planning ahead for your family, and packing these non-perishable items in these Bento Boxes and save money on individually wrapped items.
You will also want to add some nature guide books that will make identifying things easier for all ages. These are some of our favorite ones for preschool and elementary ages.
These are some of our favorite for middle school and high school ages.
Nature walk items for younger kids (preschool through elementary) that will finish out their nature walk bags will all kinds of way of exploring and journaling their finds.
These are some of the items that will create learning opportunities for middle and high school ages.
If you like this post, you may also like The Beginner's Guide to Nature Journaling…
We started using nature journaling because of the Charlotte Mason way. One of my children's favorite homeschool assignments is adding something to their nature journals. The more I talk with other homeschooling moms, the more I realize that nature journals do not come as easily to others, as they have our family, so I thought I would construct a Beginner's Guide to Nature Journaling to encourage you in your homeschooling journey of journaling.
The Beginner's Guide to Nature Journaling
Nature journaling can be easy and effective in your homeschooling, while allowing your children to be creativity with their own observations and nature studies.
We start nature journaling as early as Kindergarten, as it allows our young child to learn more about hand-eye coordination, and the basic skills necessary for learning to draw what they see.
Nature Journaling Tools:
These are all the tools your child needs to get started, and then the basic nature study of observation. Just have them sketch something that they find, whether it is a pine cone, a leaf or attempt to draw an animal. You may get some ideas from my post, Explore Nature.
I will write down the name of the item that they entered in their journal, so they could copy it into their journal as well.
Allowing your child the own the responsibility of what is entered into their journal will give them a sense of pride and enjoyment that will continue to make journaling one of their favorite assignments in homeschooling, and can easily be carried on through high school science.
For our homeschooling, we have one day a week focused completely on nature, and our nature journaling. However, if our children want to add something to their nature journal at any time, they have that freedom.
What I have found to be the most effective way to get my children, even as young as five, interested and loving nature journaling is by getting their minds excited about nature beyond just the outside observation. I do this successfully through living books, and having them narrate to me, and often times, they choose a picture of an animal to sketch in their nature journal.
Nature Living Books
These are some of our favorite books to use during the Kindergarten through Third grade.
I absolutely love having nature guides on hand for our children to use during their nature journaling, for an example to draw, or even to add facts, as their journaling improves.
These have been the best nature guides that all of our children have loved during this age group, and have taught them the skills to observe creatures in our own property.
- Fun with Nature
- More Fun with Nature
- Birds, Nest and Eggs
- Trees, Leaves and Bark
- Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies
- Frogs, Toads and Turtles
- Snakes, Salamanders, and Lizards
- Rabbits, Squirrels and Chipmunks
- Wildflowers, Blooms and Blossoms
- Tracks, Scats and Signs
- Berries, Nuts and Seeds
- Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars
- Planets, Moons and Stars
- Rocks, Fossils and Arrowheads
If you would like more journaling ideas, you should check out my journaling series.
You may also enjoy some ideas for older child and how to add more ideas to their journaling with Explore Journaling.
I have affiliate links in this post of good things that our family has used in our journaling journey.
Today's post concludes the 10 Days of Journaling Ideas.
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.
Having your children journal their answer to a question or an assignment is a great way to see what the child learned on the subject. So journaling ideas for how to accomplish this would be sketching and labeling 12 flowers that grow in your state, 12 birds from your area or pictures of 20 rock specimens. They can write on a person in history and sketch from memory the shape of the state or country they were from. The possibilites are endless and the results amazingly rewarding to the child and the parent as they see just what was retained and learned in the year.
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. One of the favorite series in our home has been Fun With Nature: Take Along Guide (Take Along Guides), More Fun with Nature (Fun with Nature),Birds, Nests & Eggs (Take Along Guides). Studying and journaling the creatures that God created is a wonderful way to turn their eyes to Him and marval at His handiwork.
I have so many cherished journals from all of my children at a young age and this is something that I would love to aspire in you, as you have read through this 10 Day of Journaling Ideas. You really couldn't give your children anything better than a pencil and a sketchbook, with a simple assignment of ‘journal what you learned'.
Then just step back and watch…
If you enjoyed this series, I would love to hear your thoughts or answer your questions.
I have affiliate links within this post of things that our family have used
within our journaling experience.
Don't miss the other journaling ideas within this 10 days series.
W is for Writing
Within our Charlotte Mason journey, writing narration has become a given part of our assignments. During our world history studies in high school, we came across Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons and we started to implement it within our Binder Books immediately. I was amazed how easily this writing method from Institute in Excellence in Writing fit within our homeschooling and loved their writing assignments for this part of our homeschooling.
X is for eXtra Activities
Extra activities are a part of most homeschooling families but most of us just don't know how to make it part of ‘the books'. I love having my children journal about what they learned on our field trips and bring their own perspective into their learning. We love to collect brochures, post cards and other things available while we are on field trips, to include in our journaling.
My oldest son is an aspiring golfer. He is always journaling golf courses into his journal, as his own time. He studies each hole to improve his game and to put the courses that he plays into his memory to improve his game. He has done the same with the creatures that he found while observing in our yard and his own plays that he designed to play football with his friends.
My daughter was always journaling things about what she was learning on her own free time, including herbs and their medicinal benefits, creation facts that interested her and survival ideas in the event that she may need them.
When something is part of their learning, it becomes a part of who they are and what they choose to use to gather their learning, even on free time or in extra activities.
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in our journaling experience.
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T is for Trees
Being a Charlotte Mason educator, I love using nature as a journaling opportunity. Studying trees is a great way to introduce this into your homeschooling. Some of the journaling ideas that we have done over the years are rubbing bark into our journals, using autumn leaves and colored crayons to rub into our journals and of course, drawing the trees and labeling them into the journals. Having a good tree guide will prove important to your children's journaling.
I also do a study on the kinds of trees, the leaves and what trees are used for in our world. These are also great journaling ideas for them to add to their journals.
U is for United States
Being citizens of the United States is a blessing and one that I want my children to appreciate. There are so many ways to tackle the journaling of the states, from maps, regional animals, Presidents, eras, inventions, body of water, mountain ranges and the list goes on.
We have several items that we use in our journaling of the United States. One of those is an unfolding history timelines, States & Capitals Pocket Flash Cards and other resources that can inspire ideas with the children.
V is for Vivaldi
Vivaldi is a composer of the famous Vivaldi's Four Seasons classical music series. Using these as inspiration, you can have your children journal each of the four seasons, while listening to these selections and including as many ideas of what they love about each season. Older children can add more scientific things that are going on, like how flowers group, the life cycle of a frog or butterfly, why leaves change colors or a study of snowflakes.