There are some great benefits of journaling for kids, especially in the teenage years. Journaling is a creative way for students to write about their emotions or experiences without judgment, criticism or correction. They can record their dreams or goals for life as well as their disappointments in friends, parents or siblings without explaining their thoughts to an audience. Journals are a safe place to identify feelings, examine motives, weigh the positive and negative or even plan out difficult conversations ahead of time. Some can include self-encouragement pages with quotes and positive slogans. They can be thematic, freestyle or contain daily writing prompts.

 From Meredith Flory, Augusta Family’s Raising Readers Contributor

To expand summertime reading into writing skills consider some form of journaling with your child. There are several styles of journaling that I love. Nature journals have children draw and take notes about different things they see outdoors using provided prompts like, “describe something you smelled outside” or “draw and identify a plant or insect you saw today.” A shared journal is where different family members write letters back and forth to each other. You could also start a journal where you rate and write reviews of movies, books, and podcasts you consume as a family.

Johanna Clough has great beginner video for making a journal by hand if you have un créatif at home:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNpOffXCb58


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