Journals don't have to be lengthy or perfect, or even written. Some of the most exciting journals could be created by kids who aren't old enough to write.
Journaling is a good way for kids to record a special outing, event, vacation, or an entire summer. Because of their creative flexibility, the journal can be adapted for any age and ability. The most common forms are the weekly or daily journals and the lengthier vacation journal.
- Summer day camp
- Visiting relatives
- Vacation Bible School
- Outing to the zoo, museum, ghost town, or....
- Storytime at the library
- A birthday party
- Holidays like Flag Day, 4th of July, Colorado Day
- Frontier Days
• Draw a picture of what they have done, or
• Cut and paste a picture from a magazine, newspaper, etc.
• Take and upload photos to a computer journal.
• Write an entry to go with the picture.
• Simply write an entry without any pictures.
Remember those cave and tomb pictures you've seen? Those were the first journals! So even if you have a child who cannot write a word, they can still create a picture. And if they want, you can fill in the words for them.
- At the end of the day, record sights, travel, food, etc.
- Tell about getting there.
- Tell about each activity or sight
- What the hotel/motel was like
- Where we ate and what we ate
- What does this vacation place look like
- Put it on the computer and print it out.
- Buy an inexpensive photo/scrapbook so kids can then mount their writings and their photos.
- Encourage them to share with family and friends.