Encourage Kids to Write in a Journal Notebook
Kids have thoughts, ideas, dreams and wild stories in their heads. Encourage young children to start recording them in a journal after they have learned to print. Here’s what one expert at the Creativity Portal thinks about children’s journaling:
Journaling: A Perfect Way to Enhance Your Child’s Literary Skills
By Day Penaflor
Call it a journal, a diary, a spy pad, a writer’s notebook, or a daybook. Whichever name you prefer, they all mean the same thing: a fun, personal, perfect way to enhance your child’s reading and writing skills. Journaling encourages children to be observers of the world, to be reflective of their experiences, and of course, to become expressive writers.
Make a Journal Notebook with Favorite Photos on the Cover
Making a personal journal for your child is incredibly easy and inexpensive. Use their photo or collection of their favorite photos on the cover. Upload your photos to lifephoto.com to create a spiral-bound photo notebook with lined pages. Your photos and text are printed in the layout/design your select on photographic/metallic cover stock.
Ideas for a Journal Notebook
- Make several at one time — numbering them on the cover
- Add the child’s name and a clever journal title.
- Consider themed journals for sports, school thoughts, vacations or other topics that are important to your child. I like the example above of calling it a Spy Pad — let your child record new and interesting things he or she has discovered.
- Set a time each day when your child will journal.
- Entries don’t have to be long — just something that express a few thoughts of the day.
- Suggest daily topics to a young child. Here’s an example of journal topics you might offer.
Prefer a Hardcover Personal Journal?
Lifephoto has a terrific template for making a hardcover photo journal, with or without a photo jacket. Check it out!