Summer is always a big journaling time for my kids. They have journals all year round, but in the summer they have more time, and I always buy them new notebooks to journal in for summer ($.75 cent notebooks this summer – nothing fancy). They bring their notebooks on our trip, where they can journal whatever they like. I see a lot of benefits of journaling for kids; here are a few of my favorites:
Benefits of Journaling for Kids
- Journaling Builds Memories. By writing and drawing in their journals, my kids are deciding what events they want to remember from their day. They will then have these memories to look back on.
- Journaling develops writing and storytelling. A journal entry is a piece of personal history. By creating these little histories, children develop writing and storytelling skills that will help them in school as well as throughout their lives.
- Journaling helps kids process events. Kids experience new things every single day. Journaling gives them a quiet space to go over these events so they can learn by reflecting on their day.
- Journaling is a creative outlet. Some of my kids’ journal entries are serious, but a lot of them are very silly. I think this is great! They are laughing and developing their sense of humor. Journal entries may also include drawings – in three-year-old Anna’s case, that is all her journal entries are. I have drawing journal entries from my own childhood, and they are a lot of fun to look back on!
Journaling should be something that your kids enjoy! My kids are allowed to use their journals however they like, and I only read them if they ask me to. This is their space to figure out who they are in their world.
Do your kids keep journals? Do you? Did you as a child?