Journaling for Littles

journaling for littles

I think that providing a space for children to journal is one of the easiest ways to promote literacy in early childhood education! This is something my mother provided for me as a child, and it’s an activity my children enjoy from a very young age! All that is needed is a book – it can have lines, or blank pages. My children “write” (as two-year-old Lily is doing above), and draw – often narrating while they draw, as four-your-old Johnny is doing below:

promoting literacy: journaling for littles

These journals also make for wonderful childhood memories! I have my first journal, with a few entries my mother wrote in, then pages of scribbles, drawing, and even early written entries! It’s a fantastic record of my own early childhood! I’m sure it has something to do with the fact that I find writing fairly intuitive as an adult – as well as the fact that I have kept a journal every day since the end of October, 2003 – and quite frequently leading up until then!

Do you have a journal from your childhood? Do you keep a journal now?

Comments

  1. Mike says

    I’m really glad you’ve been keeping a journal every day, sweetie! It is fun to read what we were doing back then. I love the pictures of the kids working on their journals.

  2. says

    Fantastic! I don’t have a journal from my childhood. I kept one after I graduating for a few years. Now I write in one every once in a while but it’s not too consistent.

  3. says

    Yes! Journals are the best! My mom encouraged me to keep a scrapbook (basically book with my notes and pics – not like it is today). I treasure it. My kids know that I can never have enough notebooks… and now they have their own collection going.

  4. says

    Bear loves using his “field journal”. we got the idea from sheryl over at teaching 2 and 3 year olds and have done it since! what nice memories they will bring when our kiddos are older and can look through them!

  5. says

    We have always kept scrapbooks as children – not scrapbooking but paper journals where we have written, stuck in tickets, pressed flowers, leaves, photo’s etc… from our days. At the moment we have my nephew visiting from the USA and both J and him are keeping a journal/book of their time together. We have a spring journal and will soon be moving onto a summer journal as well.

    • maryanne says

      What a wonderful memory J and his cousin will have of their time together! I love your idea of seasonal journals, also!

  6. says

    My blog is the closest thing to a journal I have. I’m just horrid at it, partially because I dislike writing things out by hand.

    • maryanne says

      My journal has been completely digital since I started doing it every day (which is why it’s gotten written every day). Blogs make great journals, though, I think!

  7. says

    i have kept a journal since I was eight years old. I still have them all too. Not only is this a great literacy activity, but the journals make a fantastic keepsake too! What a great preservation of time for your children :)

  8. says

    I used to journal on paper, and I do have some very early journals, but it had not occurred to me to enable my kids to journal! I find the practice immensely helpful in clearing my head and helping me make better decisions, speak more clearly, and pray. Nowadays my blog is the closest thing I have to a journal.

    I’m fascinated that you keep a digital journal (in addition to your blog) – hadn’t thought of that, either, but if I had, it would have made it so I could have kept journalling even when I find it difficult to write on paper (eg since Nikki was born). Do you have any tips for how to organise a private digital journal? Do you use a word-processing program?

    • maryanne says

      I write my journal in xml, which is pretty geeky of me, but not hard once you learn the basic code terms. I write it in notepad and upload it to a password-protected website. The nice thing about that format is that it makes it easy to then publish it – Mike gave me the first five years bound into a book as a gift for Christmas back in 2008 :)

      I can give you more details if you are interested – just email me :)

  9. says

    I was a journal writer in my childhood, but unfortunately I didn’t keep them when we came over here. I have a journal available for Anna, but she is not really interested to write and draw in it, for some reason it feels more like work for her. Maybe if we start journaling together, it might change…

    • maryanne says

      I think most of my childhood journal entries were done on Sunday afternoons when my mom sat us all down to write together :)

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