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Writing can be a struggle for anyone, of any age. Improving literacy with journaling can be a great way to make it fun. Download three free, kids journals here to get started on your writing journey!
Journaling can be used for more than just writing. It is not only a great way to reflect on the day’s events, feelings and memories, but you can add just about any educational element to it and level it up. I have created three fun journals for early emerging writers, which can also be modified for older kids, too. In this entry, you will find a bullet journal, a nature journal and a writing journal. Each comes with several pages to choose from, or you can use all three to create a customized journal for your child to enjoy. All of them allow the children to record their activities and add their own creativity to it.
A bullet journal is a fantastic option for kids that are not so into writing. They can quickly jot down their feelings, mood, or what they ate. It is a great starting point for learning to organize their emotions and reflect on their feelings. It can also be an outlet that they learn to love as they grow while learning how to express themselves. In the bullet journal, there is space to draw for each topic. Drawing can help improve a child’s writing. Creating visuals can act as a first draft to help learn to concentrate on the topic. A bullet journal is a fantastic option for a struggling writer or a child that hates writing. My son has SPD and struggles with fine motor skills. A bullet journal creates engagement with little to no frustration, and also allows for extra creativity. It is also a good tool for reflection and to show growth over time.
A writing journal provides a more in depth writing option for kids. In many states, writing is a mandatory assessment test, and here in Florida we have the “Florida Writes,” which is usually administered in 2nd, 8th, and 10th grade. Students are given a topic and must write a five paragraph essay in response. A writing journal can help students practice their skills leading to fluent writers. Journaling can help with spelling, grammar, communication, and can improve reading skills.
I also have a son with ADHD. Getting him to focus on writing can definitely be challenging. Regardless, he loves being outside and anything that involves exploring is right up his alley. So I created this Nature Journal with him in mind. This journal has several pages which you can customize based upon your child’s interests. There are areas to draw, trace, describe, and write poems.
I created these journals for my kids, two of which dread writing, and one who absolutely loves it. They all have different levels of emerging literacy development and while they may never LOVE writing, it is important that they have the skills to create fluent written ideas. In my opinion, writing is one of the more critical aspects of education.
A report by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Educational Sciences shows mastering writing at an early age is associated with higher outcomes on standardized testing and overall performance in school. In addition, the National Commission on Writing in America’s Families, Schools, and Colleges believes that writing is “not a skill for the few, but an essential skill for all students planning to enter the workforce.” They suggested that writing time double in the classroom. Studies show that developing writing skills early on helps students with literacy and communication. Improving literacy with journaling helps students with penmanship, writing strategies, planning, and organization. These skills carry on into many aspects of life and adulthood. Working in a professional setting requires strong communication skills and it seems that may be lacking in new graduates today. A 2016 study found that 44 percent of managers feel writing proficiency is a skill missing among recent college graduates.
Download and print my free kids journals and use them to sharpen your child’s written communications skills. You can mix and match and combine to create a customized journal for your child. As a former teacher and homeschool parent, it is my goal to help as many families have the tools and confidence they need to help bring about successful outcomes. All of the content on my site is free and always will be. I hope that these journals bring joy and confidence to your emerging writers. Let’s teach our children that they can do anything with hard work and dedication–and along the way, help them to believe in themselves.