Stop hating to journal. You’re told that your kids should journal, but they moan whenever you mention it. Here are 5 ways to make journaling easy.
You Don’t Have To Journal Every Day
Always think about the long run. Going weeks without journaling shouldn’t cause you to give up. Pickup wherever you left off and add an entry. Just be sure to date each entry. One composition book may hold a two-year span of entries, but it’s still a collection of your child’s writings. Failure is not several missed weeks, failure is stopping altogether.
Consider Different Types of Journaling
A cartoon drawing can tell a story as well as the written word.
Entries keeping to one subject, like a camping journal, highlight a hobby or special interest.
Use Writing Prompts
For a child who struggles because they can’t think of what to say, interview them. For instance, if they built a fort, ask questions that will help them stir their memory. After the interview, give them the sheet of paper with the answered questions as a prompt to write the journal entry.
Sometimes I used Journal Topics for writing prompts. The topics got them thinking about new things. The kids picked the prompt they wanted to use.
Journaling For The Youngest Student
As younger children watch their older siblings journal, they’ll want to do the same. Have your youngest dictate to you what they want to say. Have them sit next to you as you write in their journal. Then read it back to them and have them read it aloud too. They’ll be proud of their story.
For Struggling students
Use technology for the student that struggles to hold a writing instrument or spell. Have them speak their journal entry for the computer to type out. If they’re writing, help them spell the words they want to use.
To encourage creative writing, ignore errors. Writing with the right side of the brain will be inhibited if your child has to worry about spelling and grammar perfection.
It doesn’t take a fancy book to start a journal, but each student should have their own. If you have a journal, show it to your family and read something from it. My kids love looking at a scrapbook I made in high school. Sharing how you’ve kept memories might help them be excited to record their own.
It’s a blessing to our family when we get out the journals that were written years ago. We remember and laugh—the journals bring us together with sweet memories.
Let’s get the ideas flowing. Share in the comments how you or your children have recorded memories.