Why Journaling is Important for Children

Journaling your day to day activities can be really fun, but many people don’t like it. In fact, many students find it terrifying. But did you know that introducing journaling to your child can benefit them immensely?

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Last year I was reading out a story to my little one. After the story was over she wanted to know who writes a story. I told her that different books have different authors. I read out the author’s details of the book we were reading. It so happened that the author had put his childhood photograph since the book was for children. Looking at the picture Miss A kept thinking and had many questions.

Is the author a baby like me?

Can children also write a book?

Can I write a book?

If I write a book can I read it (she meant published and read it with pictures and print)?

Her questions were justified and I answered them one by one. I told her that if she is interested then she can write a book. Maybe she can take some help from me. She did write a book (of course with my help) and I also went ahead and self-published it on Amazon. But since it was only for kindle she has still not read it on the paper version (guess shall do it soon).

She wrote about little Leela, who loves to see the stars and hopes to visit the planets. One day she goes to the planetarium with her parents and is awestruck with their unique characteristics. She aptly named it Leela’s Visit To The Planetarium. She intends to add more books to Leela’s adventures. Hopefully, I shall get them published so that she can have the paperback edition and can flaunt about the same.

Since she showed interest in writing I introduced her to journaling. I encouraged her to write down about the things she likes, dislikes or something that she would love to do. I did not want her journaling to be restricted only to words so I also encouraged her to journal through art as well. As it is children start expressing themselves from the very beginning when they hold crayons.

Why is Journaling Important for Children

When I was a child, my mother always pushed me to write about something like a visit to my grandparents, or how I spent my summer vacation. At first, I used to be really reluctant to write but as I grew I enjoyed and found that it strengthened my writing skills. Over the years I also found myself writing about my feelings, thoughts and activities.

Introducing journaling to children as early as possible is a good idea. Journaling helps children to:

Strengthen their communication as well as writing skills

Improves reading

Makes writing a regular norm of their daily activities

Triggers creativity and imagination in them

Helps them to see different perspectives

Helps them to put across their emotions and thoughts

Minimises spelling mistakes

Encouraging children towards journaling helps them find love for writing, imagination and creativity. They have a sense of gauging the future and taking actions of the things that took place in the past. Click To Tweet

So are you looking for writing prompts for your little ones?

These prompts are sure to help them become little budding writers soon. But please do keep in mind that these prompts have been created for pint-sized humans who hold big pencils in their tiny hands. These are more focused for children who are in Kindergarten, Grade 1 and 2. Here is the list with some fun and creative prompts:

  1. Write about your pet
  2. Where did you go for a holiday in the vacations
  3. How would you like to celebrate your birthday party
  4. What is your favourite food and why
  5. How do you feel when mom scolds you
  6. Which is your favourite toy
  7. How do you feel on a rainy day
  8. If you had wings where would you fly off to
  9. Describe your first aeroplane trip
  10. Do you believe in magic? If yes, imagine you have a magic wand, what would you do
  11. Which is your favourite holiday destination
  12. Write a letter to your favourite person
  13. Why is your Dad the best father in the world
  14. If your favourite toy could talk, what would you share with it
  15. What do you like about your mom
  16. If you saw the tooth fairy what would you ask her
  17. If your favourite cartoon character was real, would you be friends with it
  18. Why do you like your teacher
  19. When I grow up I want to become a _________ because _________
  20. The most unforgettable birthday party
  21. Write a letter to Santa
  22. If you could go alone for a vacation, where would you go
  23. Have you been to an amusement park? Write about your experience
  24. Write about your vacation with your grandparents
  25. Do you have a friend? Describe your friend with great adjectives
  26. Write about your first gardening experience
  27. If you had 3 wishes to ask for, what would you ask for
  28. Write about your visits to the doctor
  29. When do you have the most fun
  30. Write about the best gift that you have ever received

Here are some prompts to start with. Go ahead and inspire your child to write with some of the prompts mentioned here. As they write see them getting lost in their imagination and gaining new wings of creativity!

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Well, about me I can say that I am a certified dentist, healthcare analyst, medical writer and above all a mother of a 6-year-old. Most of my day to day activities revolve around her and she is my inspiration to start this blog. As a mother, I experimented with a lot of new things for my little one in a quest to find the best for her. I just want to share my experiences of being a happy and content mum.

16 Comments

  1. January 4, 2019
    Reply

    I started Journaling when I was 6. Oh, my little red diary with the itty bitty lock and key – so fun and made me feel grown up. Like I had any deep, dark secrets back then! That was 42 years ago and I’m still going strong. I love the idea of art journaling but do not do it much. It’ll be exciting to see where your little one goes with it!

  2. Shubhra Rastogi
    January 4, 2019
    Reply

    Thanks, Jyll. My daughter is also 6 and has found her way into the world of journaling. I shall let you know how far we go with the art journaling.

  3. January 4, 2019
    Reply

    What a great idea! Our grandboy is only 3, but I think he’d be able to answer some of these prompts, and I could write them down for him (for now). He is struggling with big feelings, so this is something that could help. Thank you!

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      January 5, 2019
      Reply

      Yes, Lori, it will definitely help him vent out his feelings. All the best to you for your grandson.

  4. January 5, 2019
    Reply

    Journaling is truly wonderful – for everybody. It is something I grew up with as well, after reading books like ‘What Katy Did’ and ‘Anne Frank’. I still attempt to journal but not often as I like and trying to pass on the habit to my kids.. hopefully it will catch on at sometime..

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      January 5, 2019
      Reply

      I am sure Vidya you will be successful in passing it on to your kids.

  5. January 5, 2019
    Reply

    How wonderful that she wanted to write a book! I can see an entire collection from her soon! BTW, she is adorable!

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      January 5, 2019
      Reply

      Thanks, Martha. Though at all times I have to keep encouraging her.

  6. January 5, 2019
    Reply

    Although I attempted to journal in my childhood, never succeeded more than a few months in a row. As a teen, I did better but left it when I went to adulthood. Now as a mother and older, I have come back to writing. However, my son loves writing and drawing and he is more accomplished than I was then.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      January 5, 2019
      Reply

      When our children are better than us it gives a much more accomplished feeling. I am so happy that both you and your son enjoy writing.

  7. January 5, 2019
    Reply

    I am so glad that you took care for your own writing and your daughter’s too. God bless you both ! If the little one can do journaling , it’s a shame I have been postponing it so long !

  8. Shubhra Rastogi
    January 5, 2019
    Reply

    Thank you, Pratibha. I am sure this year you will be back with your journaling ­čÖé

  9. January 5, 2019
    Reply

    Wow wonderful idea…I will also ask my kid to do so

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      January 5, 2019
      Reply

      Sure Suhasini. Please feel free to use the prompts.

  10. January 6, 2019
    Reply

    This was a lovely post. And something that I as a teacher have been encouraging my students to do. The prompts are great! Going to share them with my students!

  11. Shubhra Rastogi
    January 7, 2019
    Reply

    Thank you, Sunita … Please feel free to share the prompts…

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