Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Works for Me - Summer Writing Journal

I had to think of something to get our first grader to keep writing all summer so I am making her a journal. I am not giving her a blank journal because I don't think the excitement would be there to write faithfully. Hopefully that will come in later years. For now I've got to pull out all of the bells and whistles to make her WANT to write.

I picked out a really cool journal :)

I graffitied the inside cover with an inspirational note from mommy, bible verses, and a cute little picture. I am also trying to work on more bible verses with her so this is a good combination. I know you can buy journals like this (with verses each day) but I wanted to show her that I put a lot of time into creating this, so she feels it is important. I also included a ribbon bookmark (taped it securely to the inside of the back cover) and adorned it with "made with love" charms.

On each page I included:

1. the date (I excluded formal weekends but left a few blank pages in case she wanted to write anyway)

2. a writing prompt or picture that she can write about

3. a bible verse

4. anything special about that day (birthdays, vacations, events).
With the left over pages I made an "Open Space" tab and will encourage her to draw pictures, make lists, tape in mementos, etc. Not only does it foster writing, it will be a great keepsake for summer memories.

I am hoping this works for us!

Check out more Works For Me Wednesday ideas at We Are That Family.


  1. We're going to be doing something similar for our summer trip.

  2. I think this is great. I'm sure she'll treasure it in years to come.

  3. That is a great idea! And I love the Bible verse idea. She'll treasure it for years to come.

  4. I've thought about doing the same thing for my DD. I thought I'd do it at lunch time and she could right about her morning...that way too much time hasn't passed and she's forgotten what we did that day!

  5. That is too cute! :D What a great idea! MIght have to try this with mine!

    Have a great Wednesday!

  6. What a great idea! Cannot wait to copy it! thanks for sharing this

  7. aww, great idea! such a precious memory for when she is older! definitely one of those things to look back on and say "yeah i wrote in my journal every summer growing up"! so cute!