Create beautiful pages in your learning journal - a 10 step guide for children of all ages

A learning journal is basically a journal, where one can explore and write about different topics.

A learning journal doesn't have to be reserved for hard facts and essays. One can paste in pictures, drawings and have fancy titles. It's all about being creative and having fun while learning. In a learning journal, one will be able to present findings in an attractive way by adding colours, paper collages and stickers too!

1. Topic and theme

Choose a topic you wish to learn about. It can be an animal, a bird, a country, an era (Stone Age /Egyptians etc.), a historic person or a scientific topic which you are interested in.

2. Research

It is important to do some research before you dive into creating your learning pages. One can learn so much about one’s topic by using references from library books, magazines, internet, museums, out in the field (seashore/ woodland etc.) or from interviews.

3. Collect

Collect topic related material such as photos, newspaper articles, magazines, maps, stamps and stickers. By using this material, you will be able to create drawings and perhaps paper collages, if you wish to include these in your journal.

Your friends, parents, grandparents might have things in their attics which you could use! You might also be able to find interesting items in your local charity shop.

4. Preparation

Planning the lay-out of your gathered information is important. Now that you have collected materials for your project, it is time to decide what to use and how to lay out your pages. Don’t glue anything down until you have absolutely everything you need.

Double page spreads: Working on two pages, creating “double page spreads”, will give you more space to work on. It is also visually pleasing when pages correspond in colour and theme.

Dedicate two or more pages to your topic, depending on how much time you have to spend on the topic.

5. Text

Experiment with different styles of titles, sub headings and fonts. Try using a different direction and vary the size of your titles to make them stand out. You can make bold titles and sub headings using different colours for emphasis. Remember to keep your handwriting as neat as possible.

6. Drawings and images

You can draw your own illustrations or cut pictures out of old magazines. If you aren’t confident at drawing, it might be an idea to create your drawings on a separate piece of paper. Cut them out neatly and paste them into your journal. That way, you will be able to choose the drawings you are most happy with.

7. Colours

Use colours to suit your topic. Vivid greens and reds would look strange on pages about the Antarctic or the desert.

Be mindful of using wet and sloshy paints on thin paper. The pages might rip or buckle. Colour pencils are best, as these don’t smudge and don’t go through to the next page like some markers and felt tip pens can. Some crayons tend to stick pages together, so are best to avoid in journals.

8. Numbers

Use numbers in your journal. Write important dates, facts and measurements. Numbers add to your learning and are fun addition to your journal pages. It is also useful to date your journal entry.

9. Context

If you are researching an animal, include photos or drawings of their habitat and perhaps what they eat. It might be an idea to include a plant, tree or flower which is common to the area/ habitat. These will also make your learning so much deeper and more interesting to your reader.

A small map can be a useful addition to your learning journal pages.

Incorporate different elements such as photos, drawings, tickets, stamps and stickers. Simple little paper collages will add interest to your research. These will also make your learning journey enjoyable.

10. Share and Display

Share your project with your family and friends. Be proud of your work.

Take your learning journal to your educational group or to school for show and tell.

Display it in your classroom / educational setting or at home along with some items relating to the theme, which will give your display that special finishing touch.

You can use Lara's FREE downloadable resources to start your own learning journal.

Print one or all of the PDF files in this blog and have a go at creating colourful pages about frogs.

Lara has written about a newly discovered frog species which was found in Australia. You are welcome to use her drawings to learn more about frogs!

Download FREE PDF's below

New Frog Discovered
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Life Cycle of a Frog and illustrations
Download PDF • 1.06MB

Laras Frog Journal Pages
Download PDF • 1.31MB

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