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?
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
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:
- Write about your pet
- Where did you go for a holiday in the vacations
- How would you like to celebrate your birthday party
- What is your favourite food and why
- How do you feel when mom scolds you
- Which is your favourite toy
- How do you feel on a rainy day
- If you had wings where would you fly off to
- Describe your first aeroplane trip
- Do you believe in magic? If yes, imagine you have a magic wand, what would you do
- Which is your favourite holiday destination
- Write a letter to your favourite person
- Why is your Dad the best father in the world
- If your favourite toy could talk, what would you share with it
- What do you like about your mom
- If you saw the tooth fairy what would you ask her
- If your favourite cartoon character was real, would you be friends with it
- Why do you like your teacher
- When I grow up I want to become a _________ because _________
- The most unforgettable birthday party
- Write a letter to Santa
- If you could go alone for a vacation, where would you go
- Have you been to an amusement park? Write about your experience
- Write about your vacation with your grandparents
- Do you have a friend? Describe your friend with great adjectives
- Write about your first gardening experience
- If you had 3 wishes to ask for, what would you ask for
- Write about your visits to the doctor
- When do you have the most fun
- 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!
Linking this post with Corinne’s #FridayReflections