In this technological age, when we are limited by the amount of characters we can use, or text speak and emoticons, keeping a journal could prove to be a very healthy activity for your child. Journaling can help expand thought process, as well improving communication and grammatical skills.
How to Begin
Journal writing should not be a chore for your child, but should be presented as something fun for him or her to do.
If your child shows no interest, do not force it. If your child does show interest in journaling, take him or her to a bookstore and allow them to pick out a journal that they like and have the desire to write in. Inform your child that this journal belongs to him or her and that you will not read it, unless they want you to. Pending there are no extenuating circumstances, honor your word, and do not read their journal.
Written communication skills-as your child begins writing in order to express or process emotions, they will be more thorough in their explanations.
Grammar and spelling-though nobody will be checking this journal for grammar or spelling mistakes, as your child becomes increasingly involved in the process, the desire to do it well will also increase.
Exploration-in this form of written expression, your child is challenged to explore the corners of the mind, perhaps finding that he or she has a knack for poetry writing or fiction.
Freedom-as your child can write about whatever is on his or her mind during the process, this becomes a freeing and uplifting activity
Love for Writing-as your child learns more about creative expression, the idea that writing can be a fun and desirable activity will stick with them.
Writing Prompts-if your child is having difficulty figuring out what to write about, give them some ideas to choose from.
Work Space-have a place where your child can write, knowing that when they are in that place it is journal time, and they will not be disturbed
Time to write-when frustrated, angry, etc.
There are clear benefits to beginning a journal, and your child can look back on their old journals and see how far they have come. If you find that your child enjoys journaling, continue to encourage them. It may still be necessary to receive extra help for your child in other academic areas. For more information about our dedicated tutors and tutoring programs at The Tutoring Center in Oviedo, contact us at (407)-545-4725.