The Ideas Daybook
One of my homeschooling tips is to use an Ideas Daybook. It is an idea that I have used with my children (and myself!)in our homeschooling with great success.
Barbara Sher's book "Refuse to Choose
" first introduced me to this idea.
We each have a Homeschooling Ideas Daybook to capture all the ideas, hopes, wants and plans that arise during our conversations
- and then usually get forgotten! You know - the times when someone wonders aloud if Granny could teach them to knit because a friend was wearing a great scarf yesterday!
Normally, this type of idea is filed away, but now they have a place. Write it in your Daybook, draw a picture of the scarf, print off a pattern from the internet and stick it in - and it is saved ready for the opportunity arising.
We have found capturing these ideas and plans has been richly rewarding.
It is lovely to look through the pages and see all the activities and plans we have.
Whenever we feel bored, or stuck, the book is on hand to delve into and rescue us.
. It is a great place to keep ideas about future homeschooling projects, places to visit, and just craft activities
that you would like to try.
Use one double page spread for each idea to give you lots of room for notes, pictures and plans.
You dont actually have to do any of the things in the book - its just for playing. See it as a place to develop your imagination - and then use it as a testimony to your creativity.
As well as using it for homeschool ideas you would like to study - have pages for books you want to read, or stuff you would like.
Remember to add things you are already doing. Got a passion for Egyptology? Use a page in your Ideas Daybook to jot down notes of books or ideas as you think of them.
Make your book fun. Stick in drawings or pictures. Use crayons or paints.
Make your heading for each page large and bold, so you can easily find the section you are looking for.
We have really enjoyed working in our Ideas Daybooks and love our old notebooks - they are a real record of our hopes and dreams.
If you start to get a lot of ideas - but don't know how to actually get to do them. then check out my free scheduling ebook Planned Spontaneity.
Find out more about Journals
Journals a a wonderful thing to introduce to your children. Find out more about journaling for kids
If you enjoy working in your notebooks then check out this educational scrapbook idea too!
The Ideas Daybook