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The Thinking Tree Review page

Since I started blogging about The Thinking Tree journals I have readers ask which journal is right for them or which ones are secular and/or have Christian content. 

So I thought I’d put a page together to help y’all decide. This way when I receive an email it will be much easier to refer someone to this post. 

Wondering where to start? You might want to check out my blog post on the Starter Packs for ages 5-9 and Starter Pack for 10+. Feel free to swap journals out. If you prefer a different spelling or writing or main journals, find another one, using the list below. 

Thinking Tree Levels
A1 = Pre Reader (Pre-K)
A2 = Beginning Readers (K-1st)

B1 = Early Elementary (2nd-3rd)
B2 = Upper Elementary (4th-6th)
C1 = Middle School (7th-8th)
C2 = High School (9th-12)

Many of the Thinking Tree journals will overlap and/or are multi grade/age, meaning some can actually be used for ages 7-14+, so use the Thinking Tree Levels as a guide. For example, the 10 Subject Portfolio was originally created for ages 9-13 (3rd grade +) Level B2 but a high school student can use it as well making it B1-C2 Level.

If a journal is marked with a “+” like B1+ it means all levels B1 and beyond.

Most of the “Main” Curriculum Journals (the ones with 300+ pages) work best if your child can read at a 2nd Grade Level or higher. One journal can usually be used with children ages 7-17! This is possible by choosing books at their reading/grade level. 

I have tried my best to place the journals accordingly. Please always use the “Look Inside” that Amazon provides before purchasing to make sure it’s the correct journal you wish to purchase. 

The Thinking Tree Journals
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At the bottom of this page see what we use to color our beautiful journals with!

This is a work in progress. I’ll add journals as I have time, plus Sarah is ALWAYS creating more amazing journals.

Enjoy and have fun, these are amazing journals and I absolutely love them!

Mommy Journals and books, I wrote a review HERE and you can see more of how I use my mom journal HERE. Read the differences between the Mommy Journals HERE.

Mom’s Fun-Schooling Handbook and Mom School review HERE.
Cafe Coloring book and Cafe Calendar review HERE and Video Review.
Coffee Time Journal (video review)
See more mom journals via my Youtube Mom Journals Playlist!
How To Homeschool (pocket size book video review)
Mom School
A Day Like Tomorrow
How to Escape the Digital World FB Video
Cafe Adult Coloring Book
Mom Files
Fun-Schooling Journal for Mom

90 Day Pocket Sized (get out of survival mode) Planner Journals. Read how I’m using my 90 Day Pocket Journal HERE
Begin Again (video)

Devotional Coloring Books – Read my Review and another post about HERE. And a video review.
Just for Teen Girls ~ Devotional Coloring Journal video review
Bible Time Kids (video review) (Levels B1 & B2Ages 7-12)
Tea Time -A Prayer Journal & Devotional Coloring Book
Bible Study Guide & Prayer Journal 1st & 2nd Peter
365 Day Thanksgiving Journal (video review)
Just for Teen Girls Bible Journal (girl on cover)
A Proverb a Day (moms & girls)
Walk By Faith (dad & guys)
Strokes of Worship

CORE JOURNALS (Level B and C)-Pocket Size Curriculum Journals
Pocket Size Girl Themed Journal
Pocket Size Boy Themed Journal (see video review HERE)

Plan Books for kids and Portfolio books – (no Christian content), you can read my review and see more pictures of us using our Planbook and read my 12 Subject Portfolio  and 10 Subject Portfolio reviews! NEW 12 Subject Portfolio -video review- (5th book pictured below)
Compare all three portfolios in this VIDEO.
12 Subject Portfolio (Level C)
10 Subject Portfolio (B-C2) Grades 3+ (ages 9-13)

CORE/MAIN JOURNALS -Christian based Journals and workbooks: Journals that have some Bible verses or Bible pictures. As always use the “Look Inside” to see exactly what you are purchasing.

Read about the differences between the 6th-8th Grade Fun-Schooling journals. What’s the difference between the 6th-8th Grade Fun-Schooling journals and the 3rd-5th Grade.
Video Reviews;
Christian Family Homeschooling Journal (Levels C1 & C2)
Fun-Schooling Journals with Owl & Dragonfly Cover (Level C1)
Fun-Schooling Journal with  Fish (Level B2)

Devotional Homeschooling Journal (flowers on cover) and Do-it-Yourself (5th journal below) (Levels B2 and C1)


CORE/MAIN JOURNALS -Journals with no scripture but has space for a prayer list and/or an inspirational quote. You can read a little more about the Eclectic and Hyper Active Journals HERE.
Single Reviews:
Hyper-Active Journal and video review (Levels B2-C2)
Do-it-Yourself Journal with the Horse cover- video review (B2-C1)
Eclectic Journal (Space cover) (Levels B2-C1)
Teen Guy High School Journal (campfire cover) Level C2
Teen Journal (steampunk ~color yourself cover) Buy the download HERE!
Teen Journals full review with pictures and videos (Level C)
Dino Doodle grades 2nd-6th (Level B)


CORE/MAIN JOURNALS -Secular Journals: I put the Asperger’s Syndrome, All About Horsesand the “Active Boys” journal here because they don’t include a prayer list but does have a space for your child to, “Copy a Verse or Quote”.
Minecraft Journal (video review) Levels B2
Eclectic Journal video review (telescope cover) CI & C2 (7th-12th)
All About Horses (Download Version) B1, B2, C1 (ages 8-14)
Active Boys Spring Journal Levels B2-C1 (Grades 3rd-7th)
Winter Boys Journal Levels B2-C1 (Grades 3rd-7th)
Summer Journal  A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 (ages 7-17 reading at a 2nd grade level or above)
Spring Girls Journal A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 (ages 7-17)
Autumn and video review Levels B2-C1 (Ages 9-14)
Girls Winter Journal and a video review B2, C1, C2 (ages 9-17)
Winter Girl’s Journal & Summer Journal Comparison  
Charlotte Mason Journal (Level B2-C1) works best with children who can read at a 4th Grade+
Creative Girl Journal (cat cover)  B2, C1 (ages 9-14)
Kitty Doodle Journal video review Levesl B2-C1 (Ages 9+)
Do-it-Yourself Homeschooling Journals B2, C1(Flower and Bird covers ~Journals 13 and 14 pictured below)
Unschooling Journal B1, B2, C1 (ages 9-13)
Asperger’s Journal B2-C2 (can be used with B1 students too but works best with B2+)
Creative Student Journal (tree with blue background) B1, B2, C1 (ages 9-13)
Horse Dreams A2, B1 (ages 7-10)
All About Animals Fun-Schooling Journal (Download Version) Level B2-C1 (Ages 9-12)


CORE/MAIN JOURNALS (Levels B1-C1) -Secular Library Based Journals. You can read my Library Based Journal Review HERE.
Video Reviews:
Homeschooling Creative Girls (cat cover)
Library Based Curriculum (butterfly cover)
Homeschooling Boys ~Library Based Journal  


Supplemental Journals: These journals can supplement any curricula.
Time of World History and Picturing the Past  Buy Picturing the Pastt download version too!
Timeline of World History (peek inside ours)
United States ~ Geograpy, History, and Social Studies Handbook (video review) B2+
Science Handbook Video Review B2+ (6th-12th Grades)
Creative Copywork B1 -3rd Grade and up (because of the width of the lines I’d say 3rd+)
Reading Time 180 Day Journal (video review) B1+
Travel Dreams Fun-Schooling Journal Levelc C1 & C2
(a 5th/6th grade student can use it by completing one city a month instead of completing one a week as expected by 9th-12th graders )
How to Make Money -A Handbook for Teens, Kids, and Young Adults (video review)
An Educational Coloring Book: 99 Occupations ~When I Grow Up I Want to Be
Fashion Dreams Time Travel History C1 & C2
Nature Study & Outdoor Science Journal  (Buy a Download Version too!) B2+
30 Day Travel Journal
Master Class 30 Day Portfolio Journal Level C
Canada Our Great Country


GEOGRAPHY -See all Geography Journals HERE
Seven Amazing Continents Levels B+ (3rd Grade +) 3rd grade -12th
Around the World in 14 Songs Levels B+ (3rd Grade +)
Travel Dreams Levels B2+ (5th Grade +) Ages 10+
Time Travel History  B2+ (5th Grade +) Ages 10+
All About Endangered Species Science Research Handbook

Science – See ALL Science Journals with links to reviews HERE.
Science Handbook  B2-C2 (6th-12th)
7 Subject Science Portfolio Minecraft  (ages 7-17)
Nature Study & Backyard Science Journal B1-C2
All About Ocean Creatures Level B
All About Animals Writing Journal B2-C1
All About Endangered Species Science Handbook Research

Spelling and vocabulary journals:
 180 Dinosaur Learning Games and Poems B1
Teach Your Child 100 Words to Read, Write, Spell, and Draw A2
Bible Time Vocabulary 100 Words (Level C1+)
Fun-Schooling Spelling Journal  Now in pdf format too, buy HERE! A2
Four Seasons Spelling Time Level B B1
Peek inside Spelling Time Levels A, B, & C via YouTube
Spelling Time Level A  (A2)
Sarah approved post on the spelling books
Reading Time and a Video Review which goes into more detail 🙂 B1+
Spelling Time: Master the Top 150 Misspelled Words
100 Easy Bible Verses (Video Review) A2
Word Hunt Series (Video included)
Creative Comic Book-Cursive & Spelling 175 Words to Master by Age 12 (Level C1)
Alphabet Fun-Schooling 100 Activities: Color, Write, & Draw (Level A1)
Treasury of Psalms & Proverbs (video review) Level C1 & C2

Math Journals:
The Littlest Math Book and Video Review! A2
Math Mysteries  B2
Kitty Doodle Math (Video Review) Ages 3-5 -Level A1
Count & Color for Girls and Count & Color for Boys (Video Reviews) Level A1
Number Time for Ages 2-5 -Level A1
Teach Your Child to Count to Ten Level A1
Comic Book Math (video review by Lance) A2
Are You a Math Genius Ages 13+ Levels C1 & C2
Do-It-Yourself Multiplication Games and a Video Review
Bible Math Games & Spelling Games (Video) B2
Foundational Math Skills ~Wolves on cover (video review) A2

Writing Journals:
Creative Writing Journal video review (house on cover) Grade 3 and above (Level B and above)
All About Animals (video review) All Ages but works best for 3rd + (Levels B and above)
All About Food (video review) All Ages works best for students in 3rd-8th (Level B2 and above) 
Poetry Writing Journal (Video Review) B2 and above
Creative Writing Notebook (horse/trees on cover) B2 and above
50 Fun Creative Writing Prompts for Teen Girls (video review) Written Review. C1 & C2
Hobby Time Adventure Journal Level B1
50 Creative Writing Prompts for Boys C1 & C2
Secret Quest 180 Day Personal Journal for Beginners: Orange Background w/Castle
Secret Diary -Level A Girls
Secret Diary Book of Dreams: Blue Background with Castle (video coming soon)
Comparing the three Secret Diary Journals
Fun-Schooling with Creative Writing -Secret World of Talking Animals – all ages but a good age to start would be 3rd grade and above (B1-C2)

Language Arts Journals
Video Comparing Classical Poetry Level A & B
Classical Poetry A
Classical Poetry B 
(ages 7-10)
Classical Poetry C


CORE/MAIN -Younger Journals: These are adorable. I wrote a review HERE (video review included)about the first 4 journals below.
Review of Teach Your Child 100 Words to Read, Write, Spell, & Draw. Learn more about The Littlest Math Book HERE.
Review for My First Fun Schooling for Tree Climbers & Fort Builders and Laura & Leah’s Fun-Schooling Journals (video reviews included).
Laura & Leah Download version
Princesses & Ballerina video review
Horse Dreams includes a video review
Bible Bunny Learns to Read 30 Bible Verses (see video review HERE) A2
Curious Creatures
Fun-Schooling Minecraft Jr. Curriculum Journal B1 (I’d say 2nd-4th or 5th) Great for struggling writers because it has less writing than the one for older students. Just my thoughts.
The Littlest Kindergarten Workbook (Level A1 & A2)


Supplemental or “Add” Ons for Younger Students Pre-K/K – 3rd

All About Ocean Creatures B1 (1st, 2nd, 3rd, Grade)
DIY Beginners Journal A1
Curious Creatures Notebook A1, B1, B2 (Ages 5-10)
Secret Quest Diary
Secret Diary (lamb)


Minecraft Journals 
Mincraft Journal (Level B 2 -4th-6th Grade)now in PDF Format in color version, buy HERE
Minecraft Journal in Color PDF Format!!!
Mincraft Journal for Beginning Students (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade and struggling readers or writers- Level B1)
Minecraft Mysteries Math

Fun Schooling Games

Dyslexie Readers:
The Blizzard of 1944 (ages 9-14)

The Storytelling  Book (wordless book)

Autism Spectrum Coloring Book  review (tiny size)

Storybook & Workbooks
Pignapped! (Video Review)

The Singer and the Songwriter ~Handbook & Workbook
Video Review

Eventually, there will be levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 and I’ll make a page for this but for now I’m parking it here. (this section is under construction)

Level A1 non-readers

Level A2  are in their first 2 or 3 years of learning to read.

Level B (early readers) If they are reading full sentences, but still sound out some words and are not good at spelling

Level B2 (advanced readers)

Level C –  If they can pick up an encyclopedia or the Bible, and just read it.
C1  -strong Readers, Poor Spelling Skills, Poor Grammar Skills

Level C2  in the comments. Strong Readers, High-school Level Spelling Skills, Good Understanding of Proper Grammar.

A Treasury of Psalms & Proverbs KJV

Family Journals & Coloring Books: Some of these journals are meant to be shared with someone like a sister or dad depending on the journal. The Dad Time Journal has Bible pages. You can read my review of Favorite Things HERE.
Video Reviews:
Big Sister & Little Sister (see video of pages colored)
Ember’s Favorite Things to Color
Dad Time Homeschooling
A Tiny Treasury of Favorite Things coloring book
Coloring Book, Sketch Book & Journal
Secret Village -Large Edition Coloring Book
Just for Teen Girls Devotional & Coloring Book Video Review
Bible Time Kids (video review)
Design a Dress: Drawing & Coloring Book
All the Colors of Spring Coloringbook
A Little Book of Letters
Baby Shower Blessings
Yum-Schooling Cookbook

Holiday Themed Journals:
CHRISTmas Countdown

Books by The Thinking Tree 🙂 Read my review of The World’s Most Beautiful Horse.
The World is Our Classroom (We Call it Rome Schooling) video review
75 Reasons to Believe in God video review


DIY Books: Read my DIY Review! A peek inside the Scientific Discoveries book (video)


Teach Yourself to Draw Series70 Animals to Trace, Draw,

Dyslexia Games Series A~ Peek inside via YouTube.

 Dyslexia Games Series B: Peek inside via YouTube


What we use to color in our beautiful Journals! I absolutely love the Gelly Roll gel pens. You can see them in action here! I love the Derwent coloring pencils for water coloring and the Prismacolor pencils for dry blending and coloring. Those are my two top professional pics and Amazon has them at a great price.

I still use my crayons and markers. The Ultimate Crayon Case from Crayola is great. I love that I have so many colors to choose from all in one container.

Fun tools to use with your coloring books. I am having fun learning how to blend with different art supplies. I especially like the water brushes because they are very portable.

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