Journal tips to help engage your child’s interest in journal keeping—
As kids grow and mature, they often begin to enjoy writing down their thoughts and feelings, sometimes in a journal (or a diary). This is a great thing and should be encouraged by parents, teachers, and friends.
Having a journal can truly be a lot of fun. But parents can make it more fun and exciting when they take care to do so. Remember, journaling is not going to be the same for every child. Some may spend hours scribbling away frantically in their journal while others may only write a sentence or two. And obviously, a boy’s interests are going to be different than a girl’s. So start by thinking about your child and what it is that will engage and sustain their interest in journal keeping.
The idea behind these journal tips is to motivate kids to grow a love for journaling that will last a lifetime. We hope they work for you and your child. Enjoy!
Journal Tips Idea #1 —
Parents can purchase for their child a beautiful and unique journal that they know will immediately capture their child’s interest. This will motivate them to begin a journal.
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Parents may also choose to share with their child what their ideas are regarding the purpose of a journal and how to go about using one. For example, if you had a journal or a diary as youngster share your experiences with your child and offer her some journal tips that worked for you and that you think will work for her also.
Idea #3 —
How to Make Journaling more Exciting for Kids? Help make journaling engaging and exciting by giving a child fun content to write about in their journal. Be sure to plan experiences that offer great writing topics for their journals. It could be as simple as a short hike, a walk through the woods, a trip to the zoo, a visit to a friend’s home, a day of horseback riding, cooking a new food, or even a special science experiment.
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Another great journal tip is the moment you see something that a child is excited about, encourage that excitement, talk about it for a few minutes, and then say, “Hey, that would make a great journal entry.” Then see them rush off to record their experiences.
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It is also a good idea to give them small items to include in their journal. It could be a leaf or a feather from a hike, or a special stamp that they got while at the post office. Anything to make children visualize their experience will help them write and be more excited about it.
You are invited to explore our site and to find more journaling, writing ideas and journal prompts for kids.
Until next time, happy journaling…