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The best journals for kids are . . .
the journals they write in! And like us, every child will have his or her own preferences.
Just remember . . .
– encourage writing stamina and fluency, not spelling
– journals aren’t meant to be revised or edited unless your child knows in advance
– journals can be seed ideas for more writing which will be drafted, revised, edited, and published
Since JJ is six, art is the best way in to writing. She’s been using the art journal from Compendium.
I like composition notebooks for a two main reasons – they’re inexpensive and the pages don’t rip out. (So young writers can’t lose their writing.)
I got these color-in spiral bound notebooks from Michaels for gifts to students in my writing classes. Aren’t they cute?
Mompreneur, Jill Schoenberg, created a 30 day guided journal book to build self esteem and meant to be shared with a friend called Journal Buddies. We haven’t had a chance to try out our Journal Buddies journals yet but my friend, Terry at The Reading Tub liked it.
AJ and I started using Just Between Us: The No-Stress, No-Rules Journal for Girls and Their Moms from Chronicle and Meredith and Sofie Jacobs during our breakfast dates before school. I loved how it helped us to focus our conversation and share something special.
Gadanke – Jump Up