This is the time of the year when Kindergartners and First Grade really take off with their writing. They have been learning and developing the skills needed for writing for 6 months and they are now ready to use them. Teachers really enjoy this time of the year. It is when most children start to consistently and independently use the skills that they have been taught this year. We see it in the classroom, children are writing letters to each other, to teachers, writing books and writing every chance they get. One way to keep this enthusiasm alive at home is to encourage your child to keep a journal at home. Not only does this help them to keep their writing and thinking skills sharp, the journal will act as a time capsule of this particular time in their lives. All that your child needs is a notebook, a pencil and a quiet working space. He/she should be writing every day for enjoyment having nothing to do with any homework assignments. The more they write, the more they will enjoy writing. When you take a long car drive, bring the journal, when you go away for the weekend, bring the journal. Definitely when you go away for an extended period of time, bring the journal. Writing in the journal at the end of a day can help your child recap his/her day and they could another dimension to the journal by adding illustrations. Please get your child a blank notebook and watch the journal fill up with all of your child’s wonderful thoughts and memories.
If your child is unsure as to how to begin, here is a list of prompts that will get the creativity flowing: