Years of in-depth research shows clearly that children are more likely to succeed in
learning when their families actively support them. When you and other family members
read with your children, help them with homework, talk with their educators, and participate
in school,
homeschool or other learning activities, you give your children a tremendous
advantage and a firm foundation and basis for learning.

Other than helping  your child or children to grow up healthy and happy, the most important
thing that you can do for them is to help them develop their
reading and writing skills. It is
no exaggeration to say that how well children learn to read affects directly not only how
successful they are in their educational activities, but how well they do throughout their
lives. When children learn to read, they have the key that opens the door to all the
knowledge of the world. Without this key, many children are left behind.  The foundation for
learning to read is in place long before children enter the formal school arena and begin
formal reading instruction.

You, as a parent, together with your family, help to create this foundation by talking,
listening, and reading to your children every day and by showing them that you value, use,
and enjoy reading in your lives.  Participating in family-oriented activities and conversations
subtly reinforces this foundation.

Most of the
activities that make learning experiences out of the everyday routines in which
you participate with your children use materials that are found in your home or that can be
had free-of-charge from the local library. You design the activities to be fun for both you and
your children as you help them to gain the skills they need to become readers and develop
into independent little people. These activities often find their way into a child’s journal,
either by way of scribbles, writing or pasting or drawing pictures.

These journals have been designed with my own children in mind, knowing that in time
with continued journal use, they will begin to plan their activities, vent their feelings and
frustrations, note their own achievements, and diarise their happiness, hopes and dreams.

It is vitally important to stress that a journal is your child’s personal and private document
and should be treated as such.  It should be a place where your child can just “be”.  A child
should not be forced to show or display his or her journal.  If he or she chooses to display
her “work” that is entirely up to the child, but at all times he or she must be absolutely
confident that this is his or her “space”.  There is a level of “trust” between a person and
their journal, even amongst adults.  This trust should never be compromised or broken.

At the end of the journal or school year, whichever applies to you or your family, if your child
chooses to display the journal, you will without a doubt immediately glean information
regarding their interests, concerns, abilities, identify possible areas of conflict.  Most of all
you will see how your precious child has developed as an individual in their thoughts,
actions, reading and writing.  

I hope your child has as much enjoyment with his or her diary of his or her days as you
continue on your wonderful educational journey.  

A note of acknowledgement and sincere thanks:  Public domain and copyright-free graphic
images have been sourced for this project, as well as images licensed by and used with
express permission from,, and Graphics
from Gran-Gran to whom I would like to extend grateful thanks.  As with all of my work,
copyright infringement is not intentional and in fact I go to great  lengths to ensure that I do
comply with international copyright laws, however if you do see something that ought to be
acknowledged, credited or removed, please contact me immediately and I will revise this
workbook.  There is an eclectic mix of images and themed journaling pages to give your
child a wider choice.

I have included pages for most of the international holidays and celebrations, and also for
birthdays.  Please print the pages you require.  These are in no particular order so you can
print just the pages your child prefers.

The files are in ZIP format and are really rather large, but well worth the download as the
fun pages will provide hours and hours of activity for your child.  Unzipped you will be able
to view them in PDF format.  

Girls' Journal 380 x A4 Pages   10.8 MB  ZIP File

Boys' Journal 380 x A4 Pages   32.6 MB  ZIP File

Boys' Journal A5  29.8 MB ZIP File

The following free printable mini e-books are great fun, contain really helpful information
for parent and child alike, and really small, between 11kb and 15 kb each - very quick
downloads :)

10 Easy Spelling Rules PDF format
5 Benefits of Keeping a Personal Journal PDF format
8 Great Journalling Tips PDF format
Documenting everything - Your Journal is your Log Book - PDF Format
Family Memory Journal - PDF Format
Journalling Your Way to Happiness - PDF Format
Keep Your Personal Journal Private - PDF Format
The Art Of Keeping A Journal - PDF Format
Uncover Your Joy - Use a Personal Journal - PDF Format

free girls homeschool journal
free boys homeschool journal
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