My First Journal: Helping Your Child Develop Their Love for Words
Journaling is one of the most effective and inexpensive tools you can use to nurture your child’s linguistic gift. This practice is excellent for kids who are reluctant to write and, in some cases, speak. And if your child is naturally word-smart, journaling nurtures that gift.
However, a journal is different from a diary. While some journals are used to recount daily activities, feelings, and thoughts, it is much more versatile than a diary. Journaling can be incorporated into different learning areas, including science, social studies, and even math.
Benefits of journaling for kids
Aside from helping your child improve their writing skills, journaling has a whole host of benefits.
- It helps them organize their emotions. Children often find it difficult to manage and understand their feelings, so tantrums are common at their age. Journaling can help them better understand their feelings and thought processes. For example, they can write about an interaction they had during the day and explore how they feel about it through their journal pages.
- It is a safe outlet to express themselves. If you can promise your child that you won’t read their journals unless they want to share it with you, journaling can be a powerful tool for self-expression.
- It reduces stress. Children are not immune to stress. So, encouraging them to process their thoughts on paper can help them cope with stressful experiences.
- It encourages self-awareness. Journaling allows your child to explore their emotions and thoughts; examine the pros and cons of something before making a decision, and gain some insight into their and other people’s motives.
- It improves learning. This is especially true for linguistically gifted children. Allowing them to express and see their thought process helps them learn better. For example, if your child is working on a book report, encouraging them to keep a reading journal gives them a safe, judgment-free space to explore how they feel about the characters and the plot. This practice allows them to better remember what they read and even connect ideas they glean from different books.
- It improves memory. Writing something by hand makes it easier for the brain to process and remember information
Types of journals to try
- Daily Prompt. A daily prompt journal means that your kid will write to a daily prompt. This can be a question, a sentence, a phrase. Prepare lots of these and put them in a jar. Then, your kid can pick a random one each day.
- Feelings Journal. Emotional intelligence is just as, if not more, important as IQ. And one of the best ways to raise an emotionally intelligent child is to allow them to explore and understand their feelings. A feelings journal does precisely that. You can help your child get started by drawing pictures and labeling them. You can also create a “feeling wheel” to help your child better describe their emotions. After they choose an emotion, they can then write about it.
- Learning Journal. A learning journal for each of the subjects your child learns in school is beneficial because it gives your child space to explore and understand what they have just learned. Doing so would also improve their reasoning skills.
- Travel Journal. Your child can choose to create their travel journal, or it can be a family project. This allows your child to chronicle your vacation through writing and pasting photos and souvenirs.
- Dream Journal. Keeping a dream journal helps your child remember a fantastic idea, which encourages them to be more creative. It also helps them process unconscious thoughts.
- You can help make the experience fun and rewarding for your budding writer by getting them a fun journal or making a notebook out of old paper supplies. You can also create a quiet and nicely decorated writing nook, so they will always look forward to writing in their journals.
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