Preteen Journaling | How Does It Help Your Child Learn More?
What parent doesn’t want to see their pre-teen succeed academically? All parents want to see their pre-teen do well in school but in our ever growing complex society obtaining a good education is more important than ever before. However, many pre-teens are not doing as well in school as parents and teachers would like them to.
If your pre-teen is one of these students there could be several reasons why they are not doing as well as you know they can. One solution, especially if your pre-teen likes to write, is to encourage them to include their studies in their journaling. Here’s how journal writing can help your child learn more and improve their academic standing.
Formulates Questions About Subjects
One of the greatest benefits of journaling is that it provides us an opportunity to question things. We can ask ourselves things about anything that is going on in our lives, and this includes what we are learning in school. In fact, the journal is the ideal place to formulate questions about subjects your pre-teen is learning in school.
When your pre-teen asks and answers questions in their journal about what they are learning it actually helps them develop their understanding, not to mention their interest. We become more interested in the things we work toward understanding.
Promotes Understanding Through Personal Investment
Why do we become more interested in the things we work toward understanding? Well, first of all when we work toward anything it requires our personal involvement, at least on some level. When we become involved in anything on any level we are making a personal investment and therefore that endeavor becomes a part of ourselves. This, in turn, stimulates us to want to understand more. Journaling is a form of that kind of involvement, but it’s an involvement on a personal level.
The pre-teen that uses a journal to question their studies can ask themselves questions that might not otherwise be asked. And from asking questions of themselves, through their journal, about any subject, they will gain more understanding.
Journaling Helps Figure Out Points of View
Understanding requires us to consider points of view from a variety of sources, including what we read in books and hear from instruction. This very idea implies that we obtain information from all over the place. This is actually a human fact of how our brain’s work. Unfortunately, sometimes we may get so much information about any one particular thing that we have a hard time sorting it all out. For a pre-teen this is no different.
But those pre-teens whose parents encourage them to write about the points of view of other people in their journal are lucky enough to have parents who are helping them develop the skill of taking in information and then processing that information to make quality decisions. Without a doubt, this is a valuable skill that will take any child into success and is a skill of leadership that can be developed by encouraging your pre-teen to start and maintain a journal.