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Reading Journals for Kids: Yes or No?

I’ve never given any thought to reading journals until I happened across them on Amazon and found that reading journals for kids is a whole thing!

So, I have to know, who does it and who doesn’t?

Do you find that it enhances your book experience?

Or did you try it and discover that it takes the joy out of the books?  (That’s my fear.)

Amazon has a few cute reading journals for kids if you want to give it a try.  I still haven’t decided…

Reading Journal [ Softback (8″ x 10″) – Child-friendly Layout – 100 Spacious Record Pages – I like this one.  If you click the link you can see how it is on the inside.  With a Table of Contents to write down all the books with corresponding page numbers for the journal pages.  So you can go back and look up specific books later.

Books Make Me Happy: My First Reading Log – looks like a good beginners log.

So, let me know – reading logs, yay or nay?

And I’ll let you know what I decide.

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CursiveLogic Workbook Giveaway

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I wrote a post a few months back asking Should we teach cursive handwriting to our kids?   (Spoiler alert – I think the answer is yes!) I knew all along that I would want to incorporate cursive handwriting lessons into our homeschool but I was afraid it would be met with resistance.  So I put it off for our first year.  I said 2nd grade would be better.  Well, towards the end of our 1st grade year BigG spotted a cursive book I had bought and his eyes lit up.  He said, “When am I going to learn THAT?”  I told him 2nd grade.  But he begged, and pleaded and begged some more so on the last day of first grade I taught him how to write his name in cursive.  I realize that’s probably not the way you’re supposed to but it made him happy.  He wrote his name in cursive all summer long.  And then when it was time to go “back to school” learning cursive was a huge motivator!  In fact for the first few weeks we started our day with cursive because it put him in a good, cooperative mood.  I know…this has been the weirdest experience.  LOL.

So we were using (to not name names) a “traditional” cursive handwriting program.  The same one I used in private school to learn cursive when I was his age.  But I realized that I just didn’t write like that anymore.  It’s not that I don’t write in cursive anymore, I do.  But this way….it was so….flourished.  With a lot of unnecessary loops that I just didn’t do anymore.  I was having to re-teach myself so I could teach him! Continue reading