Summer vacation is almost over, but there’s time for your child to begin the rewarding experience of writing a journal—not just a diary. Journals are a way to explore who you are and to become comfortable with self expression.

An excellent site for kids and parents (yes, it’s best if a parent writes, too) to get started is https://www.homeschooling-ideas.com/journaling-for-kids.html. There you will find simple, motivating tips like go “to a stationery shop and let your children try out all the pens (we like gel pens). Then buy them a nice one.”

I also like the creativity encouraged by the writing prompts found on the site: https://www.homeschooling-ideas.com/journal-writing-prompts.html. It is not a stretch to see how some of theses ideas easily could lead to independent story writing. A couple of my favorites are

  • If I were the opposite of myself, I would be like this . . .
  • If I had a super-power, I would want to be . . .
  • When I am old, I will . . .
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