Notebooking

I’ve been thinking a lot about the way we homeschool, I like most of what we do, but I want to find ways to make it more interactive and self-directed. I have been studying Charlotte Mason, TJed, Well Educated Hearts, and Classical Education. We kind of do a mash up, I take what I like from each, what I think will work for our family, and I don’t worry about what I know won’t work for us. I have been thinking a lot lately about incorporating notebooking and it was so overwhelming for me to even think about. I didn’t know how to get started, what to do, how to do it. I never even tried because I was just so overwhelmed.

So, I did what I always do. I started looking for resources to help me. Well Educated Hearts talks about notebooking, and I love all of the resources and support available on the website. I wanted to find more information and see how other homeschoolers did it, so I continued looking and I found notebookingpages.com There is a free membership and a paid membership. If you watch for a sale, you can get a paid lifetime membership for a great deal. Both include tutorials, tips and ideas. I’m headed there right now to get started on the first tutorial. 🙂

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Journaling to change habits

I have noticed something interesting. A few months ago I was trying to change one habit. One that I have always struggled with. I am a night owl and I was trying to become a morning person. There are many reasons for this. One was just to prove to myself that I could do it, mostly I knew that, for me, my days would be more productive, and go more smoothly, if I was up earlier in the morning. I wanted an hour or two in the mornings, before my kids woke up, to exercise, study scriptures, journal, pray, and plan out my day. I knew there would be so many benefits to starting my day intentionally.

I started a journal dedicated to changing this one habit and I wrote in the journal every morning. I recorded my successes and my failures, I kept track of mistakes so that I wouldn’t make the same mistake twice. I used the journal to hold myself accountable to my goal. I made rapid progress, I was impressed, and proud of myself. Things were going well. Then, one morning I decided I didn’t need to write in the journal, I’d skip it, just for the day. One day turned into two, then four, a week, two weeks. This morning I realized that I have completely slipped back onto my old habits. Simply because I failed to maintain my new one and hold myself accountable to my goal.

That changes now. Today I am going to quickly read through my journal entries and begin journaling every morning about my sleep habits. I am determined to change this one thing about myself.

I was surprised that journaling, such a simple thing, could have such a huge impact in helping me change my habits.