You know journaling is good for you, but did you know it’s great for kids? Getting kids interested in writing is as easy as setting out a notebook and a few crayons. The catch is you need to do it with them.
Here are my top 7 benefits of journaling with kids:
1. It makes a great quiet time activity. This is handy for nap times when you want to keep the older kids quiet. It also makes a great Sabbath Day activity. Journaling invites the Spirit and builds testimonies.
2. It increases reading and writing skills. Even toddlers can begin letter and number recognition.
3. Journaling builds confidence and self-esteem especially when someone they love sits down and spends (invests) time with them.
4. It inspires creativity.
5. Journaling helps kids take ownership and increases responsibility in their own learning. This is especially useful in Primary classes. We’ve had a lot of success with our older classes when they write about what they learned during the lesson.
6. A lot of summertime adventures await the kids with journals (upcoming post next week).
7. It provides a safe place for kids to express and process difficult feelings. Check out the great work of this important project:
My Story Matters
Journaling will help our kids by providing a safe place for them to express their feelings, providing adventures, learning ownership and responsibility, inspiring creativity, building self-confidence and self-esteem, improving reading and writing skills, and by providing some quiet time. Check out the good work done at My Story Matters