Getting kids to write can be a challenge for parents and teachers. Getting them started with a writing journal is super fun and easy. There are a few things you need to remember when starting this journey.
Why is it Important to Write?
Childhood is a time to figure out how to do all the crucial skills needed in adulthood. Writing is one of those vital skills.
- It helps make you a good reader
- You will always have to write so building the skill early is beneficial
- The job force is highly dependent on writing
- If your child is to attend college there will be a lot of writing involved.
- Creates critical thinking and communication skills
- Helps children learn to express themselves
- Puts down thinking process on a permanent media (kids love looking back)
- Creates ideas and memories
- It helps improve handwriting
- Allows entertainment value
- Gives kids a chance to get to know themselves
- Builds confidence (when perfection is NOT sought)
Things to Remember About Making a Writing Journal for Kids
- Writing should be fun
- It doesn’t have to be perfect.
- Lists are fun to make and can help relive writers block
- An index is a great way to stay organized and learn something new.
- Give kids specific writing prompts to get them going.
Related: Writing Prompts to Get Kids Writing
Things you Need and Where to Get Them
- Journal or notebook
- Markers, colored pencils or colored pens.
- you can find them at your local dollar store or you can find better quality at the links I provided above
- List Ideas
- Writing Prompts
How to Get the Writer’s Journal for Kids Made
- Gather Supplies
- Decide which lists to include
- Draw in the templates
- Have your kids make their first lists. I recommend “I Love…” and “I can’t stand” as the first 2 lists
- Don’t be afraid to alternate lists and writing pages.
- For example. List: I Love: dogs books movies. Writing: Write a story including at least 3 things on your list.
Writing’s 4 Main Purposes Are to…
- Give information about things in a clerical type way
- Includes things like research papers and essays
- Generally speaks on both sides of the issue
- Information is geared towards one side of the issue
- draws readers to the opinion of the writer
- This writing often has a lot of emotion
- Used to make connections to others through emotions or experiences
- fictional writing
- Often creates includes plot twists and drama events
The way students are taught to write in school is through the writing process. The writing process is broken down into these steps:
The last thing to remember is even when a child doesn’t feel like it, writing can be very beneficial. You can even ask them to write about why they don’t feel like writing.