Today we were very happy to have Addie over for a little playdate~
Amy joked we could practice what it will be like when Abby comes home...
was pretty awesome as everyone paired off to play!
Since we were already outside when Addie went home,
I thought it would be a great day to bring our journals out~
I want to share what our journals hold as they are actually treasure books for me as a mom and teacher.
Some of you may have heard the term 'Notebooking' where students write, draw, collect info, etc about a particular topic.
We actually did some that last year and kept in binders.
To say the least it was very tedious making copies, hole punching, and adding to a binder... just a whole bunch of paper.
We have also used Journals in the past but only wrote stories in them... this year I got just a little more organized (smarter) and are using them for everything except our art work.
Each child has their own journal that we work in every day. I say 'work' because we use it for lots of various reasons.
I am going to share a few pages out of everyone's journal to give an idea of what this little 'treasure' book holds!
~Copywork and dictation
~Social Studies writing
~Notebooking page that we glue right into the journal
~Today we all wrote Nature stories... EK's was about spiders
~Work with her Bob Books
~She goes anywhere in the house each day and draws a picture of whatever then we write the words together
~More Bob Books work
~Two stories she has written in last two days
PC and WP~
~Both boys trace their name and tell me the letters each day
~copy numbers or shapes
~Begun working on some patterning
~Today they both drew (EK drew for WP), they colored, and dictated what they wanted me to write. WP went back and traced the words.
(I do not stress at all about what she does... sometimes she follows directions and sometime no... it is her stage and I LOVE it!)
~Tracing name and coloring in shapes
~Cutting and gluing
~Tracing shapes with tracers
~Today she told me what to draw and I did then she colored. :)
Hope you can see why I hold these books as my treasures and what a cinch to store at the end of the year rather than a big binder.
We LOVE our journals!!!