I'm so excited to share this idea with you because it's been a beautiful part of my relationship with my daughter and a pinnacle part of our homeschool. We write letters back and forth to each other in the format of a journal. This authentic and meaningful writing practice is as emotional as it is educational. We both LOVE it!
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We began by choosing a journal that we both liked. I wrote her a letter explaining the purpose of this book. Crayons, stickers, gel pens, and other writing accessories make the Heart to Heart Journal extra exciting!
It is a diary of sorts recording what we do. I ask her questions, draw pictures, and write about our daily events. She writes and draws back in return.
One day she was very upset about a canceled play date. She drew this picture in the journal and handed it to me. While I was upset that she was disappointed I was also excited that she was writing and drawing about her emotions!
I've always been better at writing about my feelings before I talk about them. I was hoping this journal would be an outlet for us in that way. Setting the habit now while she is young will open up this form of communication to talk about trickier issues as she grows older.
The same sorts of conversations and issues that we handle day to day are now recorded in time for us to revisit for the rest of our lives. It has been the perfect way for me to share with her that writing can be meaningful and cathartic.
Visit these sites for more journal activities for 2nd graders:
Apple Writing Prompts and Papers from Sallie Borrink Learning
Roll It and Write! Journal Activity for Kids from School Time Snippets
Cursive Handwriting Journal from Sugar Aunts
Digital Journalling with Kids from Rainy Day Mum
Fall Themed Reading Journal from Look! We're Learning!
30 Free Journal Prompts for September from Life Over C's
Connecting Science and Writing from Planet Smarty Pants
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