“Can I draw pictures in my journal?” he asks. I tell him he can put whatever he wants in his journal — it’s his. Soon I see him sketching characters and scenes from one of his favorite books (to the left is his drawing of the “Turbo Toilet 2000” from the children’s comic book, Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets.) While not classic literature, the Captain Underpants books should be applauded for getting active little boys everywhere interested in reading.
Journal entries can be as diverse as your kids — a place where they can describe impressions of people they encounter, funny antics of a pet, an unforgettable trip or a safe harbor to pour out their feelings of joy or sorrow. In her Suite 101 post on encouraging children to journal, home-schooling mom Chris Oldenburg writes, “They learn to record thoughts, ideas and events on paper and feel a part of the activity while doing so.”
If you have school-age kids, I urge you to get them a summer journal and see what happens!