Home School Tutoring : Keeping a Daily Journal when Home Schooling Kids

Home School Tutoring : Keeping a Daily Journal when Home Schooling Kids

September 14, 2019 1 By Ronny Jaskolski


About this time, now that your child is learning
some words, learning how to sound out and create their own words, you can begin to have
them do a daily writing sample. And it’s nice to keep them all together and so we call that
a daily journal, although it doesn’t have to be a journal in the sense of how you might
think a diary or keeping personal thoughts. There could be something different they write
about every day. Some days I like to call them free writes, you can say write about
anything you want. Other days, to give them a little bit of an idea, you can give them
a sentence starter such as one day I, and tell them to finish that, you can even write
it on their page, one day I, and then tell them to finish. Or you could say I found a
dog who, be creative, or you could say we just went on a trip yesterday, tell me about
the trip in your daily journal today. And it’s their time to really start learning creative
writing, expressing themselves. What I do is, I take, you could do this, you could use
a notebook but basically what I do is the top third of the page I box off, have them
draw a square or rectangle and use that to draw a picture. They don’t get to draw the
picture until they finish writing, that’s kind of the rule, it’s like of a reward at
the end. Have them always start out by putting their name and date. By this time you should
be teaching them how to write the date. You can take the twelve months and put them on
flash cards and they can memorize them, they can’t spell them perfectly, they can take
out the flash card and copy, but teach them to write the date and then down here they
write their story and if you want them to have good handwriting which I do. I would
either take my computer and make a sheet with a box already made and some handwriting and
then take a bunch of those sheets and staple them together and call that your journal,
make a cover, or, you could take your handwriting paper, mine is shaped kind of funny but I
manage to make it work, picture there, name, date, and then they have three lines to write
and that is how we do our daily journal.