Journaling is an easy, and very effective way to build literacy skills, including pre-reading, writing, and language skills. Try this simple journaling activity with your child:
What You Need:
- white paper
- construction paper
Your Child Will Learn:
- to reflect on and express his/her thoughts
- about concepts of print
Make a booklet by stapling ten pieces of white, unlined paper together. You can add a cover by attaching a piece of construction paper to the front. Print the words "(Child's Name)'s Journal" on the cover.
Each night talk with your child about his/her day. Write your child's words on the pages as he dictates them to you. (If your child chooses to write his own entries, that's great! Any attempt at spelling and letter formation is acceptable even squiggles are terrific it's the attempts and interest that matter!) Your child may also want to add drawings to the pages. Keep your child's journal in a special place so he understands that his work is important and respected.