Creating Journals with Children

Inspiring children to read and write

Why make journals?

It's fun! And it embodies learning through doing.


Reading and writing are not passive activities, and journals encourage children to create, collect and express their ideas, pictures, texts into one place that they can return to again and again.


ALL YOU NEED ARE:

Plain paper journals - stapled sheets

Pencils, markers, pencil crayons etc

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READING JOURNALS

WHAT ARE THEY?

Reading journals are a collection of children's drawings in relation to the daily read aloud books or novels. In essence they capture how the child visualizes stories that are read to them.

HOW TO DO THEM:

· Read out loud to the children daily. Reading a novel or story aloud should be a staple group time activity with the children.


· Have the children at a table while you read. Choose a great story, picture book, or novel that will capture the children's imagination and interest.


· Provide a variety of drawing material. Large three ring art pads so the children can use and view the same journal for a long duration of time is best. Use, pencils, markers, crayons, pencil crayons that are accessible and creatively displayed.


· As you read encourage children to draw in their journal. Try to write down the story that was read somewhere in the child's work. It's great to be able to see what the child hears!

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WRITING JOURNALS


WHAT ARE THEY?

Creative idea journals can either be picture and writing journals where children freely express focused ideas.

HOW TO DO THEM:

  • Provide children with an idea: an interesting picture, a short news article, a funny story, a series of jokes, a short movie clip, or a collection of objects.

  • Give children 5-10 minutes to write about whatever comes into their mind, based upon the idea provided.

  • Encourage children to write about anything related to the idea. They can describe what was given to them, or how the idea made them feel. They can jot down a memory, a plan, or another interesting idea in relation to what's provided.

  • As each child finishes, encourage them to draw a picture in relation to what they have written.

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Reading Journals with Children

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