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  1. Reading with Children 0-5: Everything You Need to Know - All Done Monkey
    08/09/2017 @ 8:01 am

    […] follow up your reading session with teaching children how to reflect on the books they read (as well as cultural experiences) in a journal […]

  2. Charlie
    04/26/2017 @ 1:41 am

    Even as someone that keeps diaries- it never occurred to me to journal with children! Great tips!

    • Bethany M. Edwards
      04/26/2017 @ 1:53 am

      It’s one of those things that hit me too. I did journaling with my students every day, why am I not doing the same with my own child?! Thanks for commenting!

  3. arita
    04/26/2017 @ 1:23 am

    I don’t have kids yet,I’m pregnant actually so definitley saving this post for the future <3 thank you for sharing

    • Bethany M. Edwards
      04/26/2017 @ 1:24 am

      Congratulations!! May you and the baby have many happy memories to write about soon!!

  4. mummamorrison
    03/28/2017 @ 6:48 am

    I think the concept of journalling is such a great idea, no matter the age of the child (or adult!). I’m going back onto grade 2 later in the year, and I would love to incorporate journalling somehow. Thanks for sharing!
    #humpdayhype

  5. lupa08
    03/24/2017 @ 2:23 am

    This blog is a great initiative. I think reading and writing is a habit that requires encouragement and fostering from an early age, one which can benefit an individual throughout their life. I certainly thank my elementary and junior high school teachers for inculcating an active reading schedule for me, which I truly believe has made me a more observant, tolerant and successful person.

  6. Ninz
    03/23/2017 @ 7:25 pm

    This sounds like a great idea. I have 6 years old son and I think he will love this. He is very creative and love drawing so he might draw as well as write in his journal.
    Ninz

    • Bethany Edwards
      03/23/2017 @ 9:40 pm

      Cheers to us parents of 6 year olds! It’s such a great age to express themselves through writing and drawing!

  7. Dana
    03/23/2017 @ 6:00 pm

    Writing down one’s thoughts and feelings is such a great way to help children reflect on their day and their overall goals. There is so much going through their brains throughout the day that taking time to express it in written form helps them clarify things that may have been a little fuzzy.

    • Bethany Edwards
      03/23/2017 @ 6:32 pm

      I like your perspective on journaling. Clarity does come from writing in a unique way! Thanks for commenting!

  8. Stefany
    03/23/2017 @ 11:45 am

    I never knew it was possible to teach a young child how to journal. I say thanks for the tips i know it will be beneficial to most parents.

    • Bethany Edwards
      03/23/2017 @ 11:56 am

      It is amazing what kids can accomplish if given the opportunity! They are the most fascinating creatures on the planet in my opinion! Thanks for commenting! Cheers!

  9. Alex Snider
    03/23/2017 @ 1:14 am

    I should get journals for my boys! I think they would love to journal everyday. I never thought about the fact it would help them develop habits.

    • Bethany Edwards
      03/23/2017 @ 7:43 am

      I am so happy to hear you were inspired! Thank you for commenting!!

  10. Jan Limark
    03/22/2017 @ 9:43 pm

    Wow. This will be a great activity for kids everyday. They can draw and write everything they thank God for the day

    All the Best,
    Jan Limark | Brotherly Creative

    • Bethany Edwards
      03/22/2017 @ 10:43 pm

      It could definitely be a spiritual ritual for kids as well as their thoughts on the day. I think the more creative ways to get kids writing, the better. Thank you so much for your comment!

  11. babiestobookworms
    03/22/2017 @ 8:54 pm

    I really like this idea! I definitely want to try journaling with my daughter when she is older, and I think starting with the drawing journal sounds like a fantastic idea!

    • Bethany Edwards
      03/22/2017 @ 10:41 pm

      Drawing and then labeling with your daughters own words is a classic! The kids say the most hilarious and endearing things when their vocabulary is precocious and it could not be more adorable. Thanks for commenting!

  12. Justine
    03/22/2017 @ 5:00 pm

    This is a great idea! I remember journaling when I was younger and it helps fuel creativity and allow people to look back at it.

    Justine
    https://www.theiridescentwings.com

    • Bethany Edwards
      03/22/2017 @ 6:19 pm

      I love being able to look back at my kids writing too. Great reflection for them as well as us! Thanks for commenting!!

  13. tinmccarthy
    03/22/2017 @ 4:57 pm

    My girls have journals- but I don’t really have them write in it as frequently as I should. I let it be organic and allow them to pick it up when they feel the desire. Sometimes I suggest it in place of their night;y reading so that they can choose and not get bored with either.

    • Bethany Edwards
      03/22/2017 @ 6:18 pm

      There’s definitely a fine line between organic and forced writing for children. But you know your kids best and how to encourage them!!:) Thanks for commenting!

  14. Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog
    03/22/2017 @ 4:48 pm

    I think this is why I enjoy writing so much. When I was younger, my parents bought me a journal and encouraged me to write about any family trips we went on. Soon, I started keeping my own diaries. And now, here I am, a full blown adult obsessed with blogging. It starts when we’re young. <3

    • Bethany Edwards
      03/22/2017 @ 4:49 pm

      The habits of childhood follow you for life! From one obsessed writer to another, cheers to you sister! Thanks for commenting!

  15. bohemiannation
    03/22/2017 @ 4:44 pm

    I love this post! I WISH my parents would have pushed me a bit more into journaling or writing when I was younger, because I would love to look back on that… and also the creativity involved and the ability to work through emotions and express oneself… it’s just a great practice for ANY age! I love the Q and A format, too!

    • Bethany Edwards
      03/22/2017 @ 4:45 pm

      I agree, to be able to track your childhood through a journal is priceless!! Thanks for commenting! Cheers!!

  16. Tifany Lee
    03/22/2017 @ 4:37 pm

    I love journaling and would love to pass this down to my daughter. I think the habit/routine creates a safe space to deal with emotions and dream/plan. Thanks for the great article!

    • Bethany Edwards
      03/22/2017 @ 4:39 pm

      Agreed; the dreaming especially.. I think writing those things down starting at a young age is such a legacy to pass on. Thanks for commenting!!

  17. Shekhar Ruparelia
    12/01/2015 @ 3:24 am

    This post might just have given me *my* daily-journalling mojo back!

    • Jessica Manuel
      12/01/2015 @ 9:19 pm

      Haha! Are you going to draw pictures too? That’s the best part.

      • Shekhar Ruparelia
        12/11/2015 @ 11:50 pm

        😀 I only maintain a digital journal (an app on the iPad called Day One), so no chances of doodling or drawing pictures. Yet.

  18. Garry Maurice
    11/28/2015 @ 11:00 pm

    Howdy, fellow DFW fan! Great site you have, cheers for liking my stuff.

    • Jessica Manuel
      11/29/2015 @ 9:11 am

      Haha! Greetings, and cheers to you for having great taste in literature!

  19. claskey106
    11/27/2015 @ 12:31 pm

    I love this. Both of my kids (11 and 5 journal). They also create summertime diaries. Great way for kids to express themselves.

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