Why Introduce Kids To Journaling As Soon As They Can Write

I personally started my journal writing journey a few years ago. It has helped me so much that I realized the importance of getting my children to start journals of their own as soon as they could write. 

All types of personal journals that you keep are good for you as long as you take the time to look inwards and self reflect. Journaling is a very beneficial practice if you are looking to improve yourself in any way. It is also a good way to organize your thoughts. It brings clarity of thoughts and will help you when you need to make important decisions.

The Importance Of Making Regular Journal Entries

Journaling is a way to write about your life and express your thoughts. It can be a very powerful tool for personal growth. You can use it to process difficult emotions and experiences, to reflect on your past, and to learn from your mistakes. If you keep a daily journal, it can help you develop a better perspective on your life. It can also help you stay organized and remember things.

By keeping a journal, you can write down thoughts and feelings that you might otherwise forget or not have the opportunity to express. You can also write down information that you find helpful and keep track of it. 

Journaling helps you think about your thoughts and feelings. It can help you get in touch with yourself and your emotions. Journaling helps you stay focused and motivated. It can also help you improve your life by helping you to become more aware of your goals and dreams.

Journaling For Preschool And Kindergarten Kids

Now that I have little ones of my own, I recognize the benefits of journaling that my children will reap if they can develop the habit as soon as they learn how to write. And that is exactly what I have introduced to my 2 kids. In our home we have the practice of writing one line a day in the journal for my 2 young kids. This works for us as my children are young. As they grow older, perhaps they will be writing more in their journal in story form, or perhaps one of them might be more interested in bullet journaling.

This practice is working very well for us right now as the children don’t think of it as studying, or doing homework or a lesson. Treat journaling like a hobby and it will become a fun activity you and the children do together every evening.  

In fact they look forward to writing one line every evening about something special that happened during the day. For instance we walked to the park the other day and my daughter saw many dogs there. She wanted to write the word dog in her journal and that was good enough. This way we are getting some writing practice done, the kids are able to express the highlight of their day and record it in their journal. As they learn more, you can have them write a complete sentence like I saw 4 dogs in the park today.

When writing in the journal, we also talk about the month, the day, and the date. These are good concepts to introduce to them (if they don’t already know these), and the practice of writing the month, day, and date, and a one word entry or a one sentence entry every day teaches them a lot. You will be surprised by what they have retained after a month of starting this practice. I find journaling so helpful for myself and the children that we plan to continue this for the foreseeable future. 

Once a habit is set, it is often easy to maintain. That is why I have realized that the sooner we can inculcate good habits in our kids when very young, the easier it will be for them to carry those good habits throughout their lives.

As kids grow and learn to write more, you can have 2 journals for each child if you wish – a gratitude journal and another journal to continue with their daily journal writing. I personally like having a gratitude journal which has several benefits of its own; the most important being it makes one look at any situation as glass half full as opposed to glass half empty. 

Or you may decide to have one journal in which the children write one sentence about something they are thankful/grateful for and then draw, or write a quote from a book they read, or write a story if they so wish. Give them the freedom to write whatever they want in their journal.

Children can have a journal which can be a combination of One Line A Day Journal, Gratitude Journal, Travel Journal, Art Journal, Reading Journal, Feeling Journal. I recommend a combination journal for young children as this way they have the freedom to draw in their journal if that is what they feel like doing, or write the name of a book they just read (or a book that was read to them) and the character they loved in the book.

There are several types of journals out there, and once the child is older, they may prefer one over another. Just to name a few popular ones, there are

  • Ideas Journal
  • Reading Journal: If you have a book worm in the family, this could be the perfect journal for them. a record of all books read, with interesting quotes from each book noted.
  • Travel Journal: Who doesn’t love to travel? If your family has a few trips every year, the children could record each journey from start to finish, with what they loved about each place. This will become a great memory for them later.
  • Art Journal: The artist in the family can have all their art work in one place and see the progress they made over months or years.
  • Poetry Journal: A budding poet in the family would benefit a lot from having a separate Poetry Journal.
  • Fitness Journal
  • Project Journal
  • All In One Journal: In this journal, you record anything and everything that you want to. It could be a combination gratitude journal, ideas journal, project journal and fitness journal. It becomes a chronological record of your life.

Benefits Of Journaling For Children

  • 1. It will improve spelling and grammar, and reading comprehension.
  • 2. It will improve their writing and communication skills.
  • 3. Writing in a journal will encourage creativity in children.
  • 4. It will help children stay organized.
  • 5. Journaling will help with managing time better as children will get into the habit of creating lists for the next day, or for the week regarding what is important like appointments, upcoming school projects etc. 
  • 6. Journaling will allow expression of thoughts and feelings in a logical manner.
  • 7. It is an activity that encourages reflection on what happened in the past, which in turn can help them think of ways to improve how they respond to particular events.
  • 8. If a child writes down his/her goals in the journal, they will not forget the goal and will have something to refer back to whenever they are having trouble with a particular goal. Overall, journaling will help your child achieve the goal.

Reflection

Ultimately, journaling is all about reflection. Think of the joy a child would get when revisiting their own journal a month later, a year later, or many years later. It is a record of events which may fade from our memories years from now were it not for the journal.