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PDF (Teens) Core Journal - High School - Do It Yourself Homeschooling

PDF (Teens) Core Journal - High School - Do It Yourself Homeschooling

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Do It Yourself Homeschooling Handbook 

Library Based Curriculum Journal and Study Guide For Eclectic High-School Students - 496 Page Handbook and Portfolio.


This Teen Journal will give your son or daughter the freedom to pick and choose their own schoolbooks, give them the guidance they need and minimal help from an adult.


Complete 12 pages a day and the journal will last 6 weeks. Use 6 pages per day to make the book last a full semester!


You can also use it as a weekly or monthly wrap-up, like a portfolio. Have your high school student write what they learned that week or month, you can even paste pictures of their work!


Use it as a note-taking journal. Are you all using video school or YouTube? Have your student use the High School journal to take notes. Let them doodle along the border if needed.


This journal covers science, history, English/Grammar, Nature Study, Spelling, Creative Writing, Economics and Finance, all you need to add is a math program.


Activities Include:

Daily Summaries: each day your teen will write a paragraph or summarize what he learned using the activity pages in his (or her) journal. Instead of having your child answer questions or fill-in-the blanks he’ll summarize and tell back via writing what he learned.

Start Your Day! – this page has space for your teen to write the date, a verse or quote and a prayer list. It also instructs your child to choose four books from their stack for reading that day.

Reading Time – this page will have your teen write a summary from one of their books and illustrate it.

Drawing Time – this is a fun page. Your teen will add something to an illustration.

Science Page – after your teen reads about science either from a library book or textbook he will have the opportunity to write what he learned and illustrate it as well.

History Page – once done with reading about history your teen can make a mini timeline and write about someone or place in time that he learned about. A great way to document what he’s learning.

Math, Finance, & Economic: My Notes – your teen can use this to write math problems or jot down what they are learning about in finance and/or economics.

Copywork – have your teen copy something that stood out to him or an interesting paragraph.

English Page – instead of answering English/grammar questions, have your teen tell back what he learned. This is a great way to remember what was learned. If your child is studying a foreign language like Latin or Spanish, have him tell you via the English page what grammar concept he learned.

Nature Study – this page gives your student a chance to go outside and draw what he sees, whether it’s the house next door or a beetle on the back porch. He can also write something about it too like a fun fact, something silly, or his thoughts about what he saw and illustrated.

Spelling Time – your student can choose a letter and find words that either start or end with it but to make it more challenging he’ll have to five nouns, compound words, adjectives, verbs, and proper nouns. Once he finds the words he can write a story, poem, song, or play using the words. He can make silly sentences or try using as many words in one sentence too! He’ll also get to illustrate it or make a comic about it using the boxes (strip) below.

Film Study – watch an educational film, tutorial, or documentary and write a review about it, draw a few scenes, and rate it!

This is a great way to document what your teen is learning, using real books or audiobooks for science & history, books that they have picked out and want to read!


This Do-it-Yourself Homeschool Journal is great for teens with Dyslexia, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, and other learning challenges. Sarah Janisse Brown is a dyslexic therapist and creator of Dyslexia Games ( This homeschooling journal is great for busy families, unschoolers, eclectic learners, Charlotte Mason inspired, and delight directed learners. Even some textbook moms have found success using this method with their boxed curriculum. This book has a similar interior to the "Just for Teen Guys" High School Homeschooling Handbook. The artwork is slightly different, this book includes more architecture and less weapons.

You may also be interested in Sarah's blog post on teaching your high schoolers!


Thinking Tree Learning Levels:

A1 = Pre Reader (Pre-K) ages 2-5

A2 = Beginning Readers (K-1st) ages 6-7

B1 = Early Elementary (2nd-3rd) ages 8-9

B2 = Upper Elementary (4th-6th) ages 10-11

C1 = Junior High (7th-8th) ages 12-14

C2 = High school + (9th-adult) ages 13+


Many Thinking Tree Journals span a wide variety of ages because the students use books at his/her reading level. For example, some journals may say for ages 7-17 because you customize it and meet the student where he’s at.


Reproducible for Family Use Only.

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