Saturday, August 15, 2009

Summer Journaling

We started our summer journals on Memorial Day and it has become part of our evening routine that I think may go on indefinitely.

We get PJ's on, brush teeth and cozy in to write a couple of words about our days. Each of my children has their own "style" for journaling.

DD12 is writing a story in the 3rd person, often writes poetry and enjoys making lists.

DD10 writes a sentence or two and draws a picture

At the beginning of the summer, DS5 drew pictures and dictated several sentences to me. More recently, he enjoys doing copywork. Usually he copies the titles of his favorite books. He seems to be enjoying writing his own letters in his journal rather than having me write words for him.

DH also seems to be enjoying this activity. It is a real bonding time for our family because we get to hear what happened during the day that is important to each of us.

The cat wishing he had opposable thumbs so he could write about his napping adventures in a journal. Instead, he enjoys listening to us read our journals each night.

Each person may write what he or she wishes.

What we include in our journals:
A narrative about the day
A list of favorite things
Poetry (either original or copied with appropriate credit given)
Bible verses
This list could go on and on.

Once everyone is finished writing, we will share what we have written.

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