HOW ALL OF OUR JOURNALS ARE COLOR-CODED AND CAN BE PRINTED

  1. All black fonts, main lessons, and activities match in the elementary – adult journals.  This allows for a seamless flow and out-loud reading between the whole family.   There is no teacher’s guide.  We designed these so EVERYONE in the family learns together.  So the parent will use the “Advanced” or “Adult” journal!
  2. Every person gets their “nuggets” of extra learning in the form of different-colored font boxes throughout their journal.
    • Think of it like reading the Bible out loud together as a family, each person with his/her own Bible.
      • An “adult Bible” commentary box would include and expand on advanced concepts
      • An “elementary” child’s Bible would instead have cute and child-like commentary boxes
      • While the commentary is different in each Bible, all of the Bible verses would be the same.  That’s the same concept in our color-coded journals.
    • All journals have an intentional layout and timing, to allow for a seamless flow.  So when you sit down to read, everyone can read the black font out loud
    • Each person can choose to read their different font colors/boxes as the lesson moves along, or he/she can wait until a later time and read them independently.  It’s adjustable, just like in our Bible commentary example above! [Examples below]
  3. If desiring to print, you can print off the appropriate age level for each your children, and then an Adult or Advanced journal for yourself (because in our curriculum the adults learn alongside the children).  Or you can even screen cast and save on paper/ink.
  4. Can you all share one journal, just as you could all share one Bible? YEP! Is that ideal? Probably not because each person would miss his/her special “commentary”.  But, customize it however best fits your family! 
  5. Some units have more color-coded boxes/info in the journals, and some have less. It is unit dependent.
    • If we did too many differences between the age levels, it would eliminate the family connection that a unit study is intended to foster.
    • If we made too few differences, it wouldn’t be sufficient for all different ages.
    • Our aim is to balance this (so you don’t have to!).  We obviously cannot do everything to perfection 100% of the time, but we do try our best to solve this “unit study dilemma” that has been faced for decades!
  6. The pre-reader journals are unique and MUST be printed separately. They still perfectly tie into the lessons, but they are laid out differently.  The “directions” within the journal explain how to use it.  **OF NOTE: many of our customers say their high school students even enjoy some of our pre-reader activities, so it’s worth taking a peek… no matter how old your children are!
  7. We are in no way comparing our curriculum to the Bible (re: Bible commentary example). We just thought it provided a good example of what we were trying to convey.   🙂
  8. Core Connections and SYW pages are also included in journals (completely optional) and are different for each age level.

Here is an example of color coding: 

[swipe sideways to see comparisons of this same page (one in “adult” and one in “elementary”)]

  • First, notice how the boxes with the green font have different information, while all black font matches. 

 

Jane Samson

ADULT JOURNAL : GARDENING

 

John Carson

ELEMENTARY JOURNAL GARDENING

  • Notice the green font.
    • IE – ADULT Paragraph 4: if you read “heavy metals” (in green) out loud to an 8 year old, they would likely get confused and their eyes would begin to glaze over, but an older student needs to know this information and terminology
    • Notice how the ELEMENTARY journal has small green font in the same paragraph that helps the younger student to understand in his/her own terminology
    • Notice the same concept in the green-font boxes to the side

So how can we bridge the gap, teaching all different age groups at their own level while still also allowing the family to come together to complete the unit as one? 

By color-coding and only reading the black font out loud.  Something we have done since our very first year.

*Please note: older-age journals also often contain intense information in different colored font, not be suitable for younger children (IE: graphic details of Pompeii).

 

Below is an example of different SYW pages. 

SYW (Skip if You Want) pages are completely optional pages that usually come after the end of a lesson. They are included for independent or further study only for those who desire it.  They are different in every age group.

[swipe sideways to see three pages (two “adult” and one “elementary” sample] :

 

Jane Samson

ADULT JOURNAL SYW: GARDENING

 

John Carson

ADULT JOURNAL SYW PG2: GARDENING

 

John Carson

ELEMENTARY JOURNAL SYW: GARDENING

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