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Kids journaling

We gave the kids journals for their birthdays last spring in anticipation of our big journey ahead. I had hoped they would write in them regularly (daily even!) to document the things they see and do each day. The kids were enthusiastic about the idea and they excitedly packed them into their backpacks at the start of our trip.

But… when the time came to write their first journal entry, all three kids stared up at us with a blank stare, followed by questions and complaints: what should I write? I don’t know what to write about!  How much do I have to write?

We suggested they write about their day and all the things they saw and learned. And yet, they still sat there looking down at a blank sheet of paper. We soon realised that perhaps it would be easier for them if we asked a few specific questions for them to answer, and this method has worked really well over the past couple months. We start each day with the date, place and weather. We then ask 3 to 4 specific questions (tailored for each child).

Easton's journal 2

Quin's journal

Ivy's journal

Ivy journal entry1

Here’s a list of some of the questions we generally ask:

  • What did you do yesterday?
  • What new words did you learn?
  • What new foods did you try?
  • What was the most interesting thing you saw?
  • What was the most fun?
  • What was the highlight of your day?
  • How did it make you feel?

We then ask them to draw something they saw, ate or did. I’m loving their drawings just as much as what they choose to write – it’s such a fun visual way to capture a memory. It is already so much fun to look back at all their journal entries from the past couple months and I’m so excited for all the pages yet to be filled! It’s going to be such a special thing for them to keep and look back on for the rest of their lives.

Courtney xx

p.s. I picked up the boys’ journals (featured in the first photo) from Elias & Grace in London — they’re from a brand called Roger la Borde.


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Comments (7)

Lenka
November 16, 2015

Love the filled journals. I will for sure use the idea with the questions. Our 6 years old has been keeping journal throughout the summer while staying on holiday and it produced some great results! He has been simply writing about the best part of the day and drawing a picture. Enjoy every part of the journey!


November 16, 2015

What a great keepsake forever!!


Lisa
November 16, 2015

adorable


November 16, 2015

So fantastic! I recently picked up a few of the story drawing notebooks by Strathmore for my older two to use on a little trip we are taking. The top half of the page is blank for drawing and the bottom half is lined for writing. Your added tip of using questions to guide the journaling is great!


Kim
November 16, 2015

Brilliant – I love their drawings!! I’m sure this home schooling makes you appreciate the work teachers do ever more! I am still very envious of your journeys!!! I’ll drop you an email tonight. I wish you lots more adventures and that their journals may be filled with lots of stories to look back on. Lots of love Kim


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March 17, 2016

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November 2, 2016

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