The journal is a very important tool for children because in addition to practicing writing skills they can also better manage their most intense emotions. Above all, it is a good tool for teenagers.
THE USE OF THE DIARY
Journaling is often an excellent activity for children who often struggle to express their feelings by speaking. The versatility of writing will make them feel more comfortable while also improving in other areas of learning such as math, science, or language arts.
The journal other than writing it for an emotional relief can also be an excellent formula to make different records of your activities such as daily study. You can also keep a work journal to consolidate different areas of knowledge.
For children who have difficulty verbally expressing their needs or making decisions about things, journaling their thoughts is a great way to help them learn emotional organization. Even if all your child does is write about an interaction they had during the day, they can always come back to explore that interaction more objectively.
But, you will only be able to do this if you feel confident that this journal is for your eyes only. That is, no one else is going to read it. If you cannot make this promise then your child will not be able to enjoy the benefits of his emotional journal.
On the other hand, if you allow him to have it, he will have the opportunity to better explore the details of what happens to him at other times, it is also good to write a little or a lot, no one is going to read his diary without permission and he must feel the need to write what you need when you need it.
At some point they may feel the need to share their writings with you, but they will have to do so at their own discretion. Your journal should give you the opportunity to: feel and channel anger, fear, explore and identify different emotions, evaluate the pros and cons of something to be more decisive, understand your thoughts more carefully, understand your own ideas and from others, see the good and bad of certain aspects and plan conversations with other people in advance to improve their communication skills.
JOURNAL TO PRACTICE WRITING SKILLS
A journal can also be aimed at communication between parents and children and also practicing writing skills. It can be a tool to tell stories, learn information about something, what words or phrases you want to use in the pending conversation with your parents, etc. It is also a way to practice the mechanics of grammar and spelling. This type of journal can:
- Improve written communication. The more you write, the more writing skills improve. You will be able to learn to answer a question or convey a complete thought.
- Improve spelling and grammar. The more you write, the more you will learn what constitutes a complete sentence and how paragraphs are made up of sentences that support a topic.
- Improve reading skills. Children imitate what they know. The first time you start writing a diary with your child, your writing may be very similar to your favorite books. You can even use some of the same phrases. The more you write, the more likely you are to read to discover different internal voices and narrative styles. Eventually, you will find one that is uniquely yours, but in the meantime, you may hear a lot of phrases that sound suspiciously like those of your favorite authors.
TYPES OF JOURNALS TO PRACTICE AT HOME
With the different types of diaries, your child will be able to practice what a diary is to be able to do it on his own whenever he wants.
- Nature journal or field journal. It is a way of keeping track of observations about the natural world. There are many different ways to use a Nature Journal, some of which include: drawing pictures of insects, animals, or birds that you see; describe the sounds heard, etc.
- Feelings diary. A feeling journal is a great way to help a younger child develop an emotional vocabulary . It can be done in a number of ways. Your child can identify his current emotions, draw a picture and name it, choose a feeling and draw or learn a new emotion to draw and write.
- Holiday diary. A vacation journal can be a family project and it’s a lot of fun. This type of journal narrates the holidays using a combination of writing , photos, and memories.