Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Heaven on Earth - early review and journal ideas needed



On Saturday, I picked up my copy of Heaven on Earth: A Handbook of Young Children by Sharifa Oppenheimer. This is the book I mentioned a few posts ago that was highlighted on the Sew Liberated blog. So far I'm really enjoying it and I'm glad I made the decision to get it.

One of the more interesting aspects to this book is that the author expects that it will be handbook for the parent for a long time and it was designed with wide margins in order for parents to have room to write notes. One of the premises of the book is that learning happens through activity, and she suggests that the reader put this into practice while reading the book:
Here is an experiment you can try, if you like; it is something you can do, to "lock in" your own learning process. Make your learning "interactive" by investing in a blank book, a journal. Get something as simple as a spiral notebook, or a beautiful hardbound one, if you prefer. Divide it into nine sections, to correlate to the nine chapters in the book.
This idea is right up my alley. I loved the classes in college where I was required to keep a journal documenting the learning process and my thoughts on the material we were covering. Those journals are very interesting to look back on!

For this book, she suggests that you make notes on how you're implementing what you're learning. Or drawing pictures of your daily schedule or your ideal playroom or your ideal outdoor play space. There's a chapter on festivals (or holidays) and she suggests writing down the recipes that work well for the festivals you choose to celebrate. The idea is that over time this will become a family heirloom record of your parenting journey.

I'm currently looking for a journal to use for this project. I think it would be best to be unlined since lines distract me when I'm drawing. I'd like a thick paper so I can use my favorite archival pens, which bleed through thinner paper. I'd actually like the kind of paper that has lines on one side and is unlined on the other. I like the idea of a hardbound book. I have a beautiful one that is unlined and has minimal watercolor illustrations and is called A Woman's Journal. Only I'd like it to say A Mother's Journal. I'm considering getting a spiral bound sketchbook, but I'm a little concerned about the inability to add pages over time (actually, that's a concern with a hardcover journal, too). My thought, though, is that I can eventually take the pages out of a sketchbook and put them in page protectors in a scrapbook. That's only if I can find an 8 1/2 x 11 sketchbook or smaller, though. So far, I've only found 9x12 sketchbooks.

So, if anyone has any suggestions for a journal, please put it in the comments. Feel free to say "get over it and do it already" because I've been thinking that too.

1 comment:

Mom and Kiddo said...

I would suggest making sure you choose a journal that stays open by itself, like a spiral bound. Also, you should just start it already. ;)