I’ve been thinking about motor skills and writing activities for my preschooler. All my life I have been a diarist but since having kids, I have not kept up as I should. I wondered if introducing the concept of preschool journaling would get me back in the game. Maybe we could share some journaling time.
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The author of The Write Start: A Guide to Nurturing Writing at Every Stage, from Scribbling to Forming Letters and Writing Stories suggest using colors as a way to inspire her child to scribble in a journal. The idea is that you ask your child, “What color was your day?” and then the child chooses a color. Since at this age the child is a pre-writer, he or she can narrate you you why the day was blue (for example). Dr. Seuss’ My Many Colored Days is the perfect picture book to accompany such a project.
An important aspect for me is to make writing (or scribbling) part of our normal routine. So far, we tend to have quite moments in the late morning so that is when the two of us get out our journals. So far it has been working and I hope it continues
For now we call it the “writing book”. I explained to him that I use my journal to record my activities and thoughts about each day but that he can “write or draw” whatever he wants. I’m always sure to write the date on each page so we can track his progress.
Kiddo, of course, always finishes before I do, but I do get a few extra minutes of writing in and it feels good.
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I HIGHLY recommend this fantastic book for playful ideas to get your kids to love writing: