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Journaling to Document Our Studies
In Exodus 17:14 God tells Moses to write a book of remembrance and to tell it to another; “Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua.” There are many other Scriptures about journaling too, both commands and examples, the greatest being God’s Book of Life. We don’t need a command to journal in order to apply it. We can take these principles and apply them to all our educational studies in our homes and see for ourselves the benefits it brings.
Journaling is the method we use to remember what we study. It is so much more than just our documentation to show that we studied the topic. It is our own personal journey of the study, our reference work for future study and expansion. Journaling is, in a sense, the antithesis of workbooks. It is the production of something individual and worthwhile, not the consumption of something pre-fabricated.
We keep several types of Book of Remembrance Journals of our studies. We produce CopyBooks of Remembrance, primarily in sewn Composition Notebooks. We produce Book of Remembrance Journals, in 3-ring binders with sheet protectors, writing our own personal living “textbook” of the topic we’ve learned, that we can teach others from. We produce MyMini Books of Remembrance, mini-booklets secured on file folders, as personal creative expressions of what we’ve learned. And we produce PIPEline Books of Remembrance, both in wall and book formats, as a chronology of HisStory. We also keep other types of Books of Remembrance–Worship journals, L.I.F.E. and Vision journals.
Life and learning is a journey, and that journey is worth journaling. We are not “just passing through” this life. We have a purpose, a commission, and journaling is a way to keep us focused on what that is, and to share the message we have with others.
Some of the various types of Journals we do:
CopyBooks of Remembrance
MyMini Books of Remembrance
Book of Remembrance Journals
PIPEline Books (& Walls) of Remembrance
- L.I.F.E. – Living in Freedom Eternally™
- Vision Journal
One of the Prayer Projects we utilize with our children is a P.R.A.Y. Journal. This is for them to record their prayers, giving them 4 areas to pray about, using the acronym P.R.A.Y. Daily specifics are written for each area. We want to teach them to think about their prayers, not utter vain repetitions.
P. is for Praise and Thanksgiving. We write our Praise to God and what we are Thankful to Him for.
R. is for Repentance. We ask for forgiveness and help to turn away from our sins.
A. is for Ask. We ask that our needs and those of others be met.
Y. is for Yield. We surrender all to Him, for His service.
We utilize pretty P.R.A.Y. Journal pages that are 1/2 letter size. You can put them in a 8.5 x 5.5″ binder, or spiral or comb-bind them. (Spiral is probably the easiest for children to use them.) Utilizing these journal pages works best, at least until the children are old hats at this, because each page has a section labeled as to what area they are to pray and write about. There are many styles to choose from, showing the wonders of God’s creation. You can make a whole journal of just your one favorite, or mix and match them for variety.
If you don’t want to print off a page for each day and bind them, you can just print off the instructional page and paste it into the front of a Composition Notebook, to serve as a reminder of what to pray for and write. This works OK with older children who are already doing P.R.A.Y. Journals well, but is not as helpful for younger children or those just starting.
Enjoy this helpful way of teaching your children to Pray through Journaling. It is an awesome tool for both your children and yourself.
See other ways we help our children learn to pray here.
Freedom & Simplicity™ for Youth: HomeSchool HighSchool from Planning to Transcript
Homeschool High School is not as daunting as many think. You can continue just as you have in the younger years, with just more focused study and a bit more documentation. It just takes a little bit of planning. 5 easy steps will take you from planning to transcript.
1) Determine requirements.
How many credits are needed to graduate?
What specific areas are credits required in? How many each?
Make a chart of these required classes/subjects, as well as Electives your student chooses, along with their total credits needed.
2) Determine courses that will make up those credits.
What year or years will those courses be worked on/completed?
Chart the courses (components of the subjects) that will make up the total credits for each subject, and the objective of each course.
3) Determine assignments necessary to complete the courses, and meet the objectives.
Will it be a certain textbook and tests? Certain reading books and essays? Certain “real life” experience?
Chart a list of required assignments to complete each course. This doesn’t have to be done ahead of time. You can chart assignments done, and when they’ve met the objective, the credit is earned.
4) Decide how grades will be determined.
If tests and daily assignments are part of the course, will they be weighted or all averaged together? If reading books, essays, and real life experiences are used, what criteria will determine the grade given? Let the student know how their grade will be determined.
5) Write the transcript.
Transfer the classes and grades into a laid out format. Average the grades together for a GPA. Sign it as the administrator of your “school”, and you’re done!
Forms for these and far more information in Freedom & Simplicity™ for Youth: HomeSchool HighSchool from Planning to Transcript – a Me and My House Exclusive Resource.