The Home Schooler’s Journal

Produced by Ferg N' Us Services •

Review by Kevin Harris

Rarely does one come by a product that is both elegant in its simplicity and intricately useful. The Home Schooler’s Journal, (and its sister product, The High Schooler’s Journal), is a product designed by the parent of homeschooled students, specifically for the sometimes less-structured life of homeschoolers.

James Ferguson, the father of eight children, started FergNus Services in 1991 as a desktop publishing and office automation business. His wife was faced with many challenges and asked him to design a non-computerized system to help her in keeping their school and personal lives organized. He soon developed The Home Schooler’s Journal, and sold and marketed it through the new business   

The Home Schooler’s Journal is a wire-bound, covered organizer with entry pages to accommodate multiple students. The pages include organizer functions for the home schooler, including monthly schedules for a full year, four-year calendars, test score keepers, grades, book-borrowing and lending lists, field trip logs and even pages for eye exams and dental check-ups.

The High Schooler’s Journal has similar features, but is designed for a single user, and has lined pages. Its list of pages includes a daily attendance log and areas to write transcripts.

Both organizers come with grime-proof covers, in multiple colors. The Home Schooler’s Journal comes in red, blue, green and yellow, while The High Schooler’s Journal comes in teal, purple, green, red and yellow.

The journals can be ordered directly from the company’s website, at, and cost $10.95 each. Payment is through Paypal, or with any major credit card, using the site’s integrated shopping cart feature. They can also be purchased at most major home schooling retailers. 

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