As soon as my children are able to write, I start giving them journaling assignments. Of course, the assignments vary in difficulty depending on the age of the child, but writing in a journal on a daily or weekly basis benefits them all in so many ways.
How to Get Started Journaling
Of course, where you start with journaling depends on your child. You know your child best and what he or she is capable of doing; you can determine what a good journal entry would consist of. With some of my children, writing one or two sentences was an accomplishment. Often I would have them draw a picture to go along with it, as they felt more comfortable with drawing than writing. I didn’t correct the spelling of those early journal entries; the exercise was one just to get them thinking, putting those thoughts on paper, and becoming more confident with the process of writing.
Then, as they progressed, I began to require more sentences. I also began correcting the spelling; they would write the entry on a scrap piece of paper, I would correct it, and then they re-wrote it in their journals. Now, my older children write a complete page for a journal entry; my youngest is still working on getting one paragraph on the paper.
Benefits of Journaling in Homeschooling
Journaling is an invaluable exercise and so easy to do. Not only do students learn spelling and grammar, but they also learn how to organize their thoughts and find the best words to express those thoughts. And the best part – they (and you!) have a written record of things they did, felt, and saw as they were growing up. Journal entries are memories – preserved in your child’s own words. How wonderful is that?
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