I keep a once in a blue moon personal journal. I like to write quotes and mottoes and reminders . And worries and problems and prayers and more reminders. Fitness stuff. And five happy things.
I also, obviously, blog.
And I have a general journal – writing and drawing with the kids, nature observations.
I update these whenever. There is no time frame. No compulsion.
My homeschool journal is a slightly different matter. We are required to keep some record of learning for the state. I aim to write in my homeschool journal each night, capturing just a glimpse of the activities and learning of the day.
Sometimes, I am organized and keep the learning in the subject categories delineated by the Board of Studies.
Sometimes I write down activities and discussions and follow up with the BOS outcomes subsequently highlighted.
Sometimes I just write and could care less about curriculum connections for the state!
And sometimes I skip the journal all together.
* Tessellations – Investigate, generalise and reason about patterns in number, space and data, explaining and justifying conclusions reached.
– Visualise, draw and model shapes, locations and arrangements and predict and show the effect of transformations on them.
* Discuss formal and informal language – usage, verbal, written, swear words.
– Students understand that the way language is used varies according to context. – Students understand that language has an important effect on the ways in which they view themselves and the world in which they live.
– Students use the conventions of Standard Australian English with understanding and critical awareness.
* Writing skills – blog entries
– Students select from a repertoire of processes and strategies when listening, viewing, reading, speaking and writing by reflecting on their understanding of the way language works for a variety of purposes in a range of contexts. – Students write for a range of purposes and in a range of forms using conventions appropriate to audience, purpose and context.
SOCIETY AND ENVIRONMENT
* Archeology – read Egyptology. – Students understand that the interaction people have with places in which they live is shaped by the location, patterns and processes associated with natural and built features.
– Students understand that peoples’ actions and values are shaped by their understanding and interpretation of the past.
* Science – read new Horrible Science magazines – forces, ants, bees
– Students understand their own biology and that of other living things, and recognise the interdependence of life.
– Students understand the scientific concept of energy and forces
and explain that energy is vital to our existence and to our quality of life.
– Students understand the nature of science as a human activity.
* Read Usborne book on Spies and discuss spies and spy technology – Students understand how cultural beliefs, values, abilities and ethical positions are interconnected in the development and use of technology and enterprise.
*Use computer for games, blogging, internet searches, email – Students apply organisational, operational and manipulative skills appropriate to using, developing and adapting technologies.
*Review Latin prayers – Students comprehend and communicate in the target language through listening and responding, and speaking.
PHYS ED/PERSONAL DEVT/HEALTH
*Part time work – Kumon and newspaper delivery
*Visit T in hospital and also look at x rays and talk about bones and joints and surgery
*Attend Mass and social after with visitor for dinner
– Students know and understand health and physical activity concepts that enable informed decisions for a healthy, active lifestyle.
– Students exhibit attitudes and values that promote personal, family and community health, and participation in physical activity.
– Students demonstrate self-management skills which enable them to make informed decisions for healthy, active lifestyles.
– Students demonstrate the interpersonal skills necessary for effective relationships
And nothing for the Arts section – although I could have jotted down the music we listened to. And maybe someone practised the piano/guitar? Who knows?
So, do you journal – homeschool or otherwise?