Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Journals for children

I bought hard backed lined note books on sale. Wrote a personal message in the front cover about the importance of journals then wrote or cut and paste the following questions into the book.

January 1st: What is your name? How old are you?
January 2nd: What are the names of your parents?
January 3rd: How many brothers and sisters do you have? What are their names and ages?
January 4th: What city do you live in? (or closest to?)
January 5th: Write down one thing you would like to learn to do this year.
January 6th: Write down one thing you would like to learn about this year.
January 7th: What is your favorite game to play with your family?
January 8th: What is your favorite color?
January 9th: What is your favorite song?
January 10th: What is your favorite book?
January 11th: What was the last book you read?
January 12th: What is your favorite food to eat?
January 13th: What is your favorite number?
January 14th: What is your favorite thing to do?
January 15th: Do you have any pets? Tell about them. Or if you don't have a pet, would you like one? What would you choose?
January 16th: Who is your best friend?
January 17th: What do you like to do with your friends?
January 18th: What is your favorite video/movie?
January 19th: What is the weather like today?
January 20th: What is your favorite toy? Why?
January 21st: What did you eat for lunch today?
January 22nd: What are some of the chores you do around your house?
January 23rd: What is your favorite chore to do?
January 24th: What are your favorite clothes to wear?
January 25th: Did you learn something new today? What?
January 26th: What is your favorite website?
January 27th: Do you like snow? Do you have snow where you live?
January 28th: Have you ever seen a snowflake up close? What did it look like?
January 29th: What is your favorite winter sport?
January 30th: Do you think it would be fun to go on a sleigh ride? Have you been on one?
January 31st: What is your favorite part about winter?


February 1st: Do you have your own bedroom? Or do you share?
February 2nd: Describe your bed.
February 3rd: How is your bedroom decorated?
February 4th: What is your favorite item in your room?
February 5th: What color is the outside wall of your house?
February 6th: How many rooms does your house have?
February 7th: Which room do you spend the most time in?
February 8th: Tell something you love about the room you spend the most time in.
February 9th: Do you have a large or small kitchen?
February 10th: What do you like best about your kitchen?
February 11th: What do your parents do to show they love you?
February 12th: What do you love about your parents?
February 13th: What is your favorite Bible verse on love?
February 14th: Happy Valentine's Day! List all the people you love.
February 15th: Write a short rhyme on love.
February 16th: What is something you did today that showed love?
February 17th: Describe your family car(s).
February 18th: Do you help your parents run errands?
February 19th: Do you like to go to the grocery store?
February 20th: What is the name of the main grocery store at which you shop?
February 21st: What is your favorite section at the grocery store?
February 22nd: Have you ever had your hair cut? Do you remember the first time?
February 23rd: Do your parents cut your hair? Or do you go to a hair salon/barber shop?
February 24th: What color is your hair? Is it long or short?
February 25th: What color are your eyes?
February 26th: Do you wear glasses? If so, what color are they?
February 27th: Name one thing you are thankful you can see.
February 28th: What is something that makes you feel very special?
February 29th: Today is special because it is a leap year! Did you do something today that was extra special?

March 1st: What is your bedtime?
March 2nd: Describe your bedtime routine.
March 3rd: How often do you brush your teeth?
March 4th: What is something that makes you smile?
March 5th: What time do you get up in the morning?
March 6th: Describe your morning routine.
March 7th: Do you own a collection of some sort?
March 8th: Would you like to collect rocks? Why or why not?
March 9th: Would you like to collect stamps? Why or why not?
March 10th: Would you like to collect coins? Why or why not?
March 11th: Would you like to collect shells? Why or why not?
March 12th: If you could collect anything at all, what would it be?
March 13th: List five things you are thankful for.
March 14th: What can you see out your bedroom window?
March 15th: What can you see out your livingroom window?
March 16th: What can you see out your kitchen window?
March 17th: St. Patrick's Day! Did you wear green or celebrate today?
March 18th: Have you ever found a four-leaf clover?
March 19th: Tell what you know about Leprechauns.
March 20th: What is the weather like today?
March 21st: Spring! What is your favorite thing to do in the spring?
March 22nd: Have you seen any signs of spring outside? List them.
March 23rd: Do you like rain? Why or why not?
March 24th: Do you have an umbrella? What color is it?
March 25th: Did you listen to any music today? Tell about it.
March 26th: Do you play an instrument?
March 27th: If you could choose any instrument to learn, what would it be?
March 28th: Do you like to sing?
March 29th: Have you ever been to a concert or music recital? Tell about it.
March 30th: What are the names of your mother's parents? Are these grandparents still living?
March 31st: What are the names of your father's parents? Are these grandparents still living?

April 1st: April Fools! Did you or anyone in your family get fooled today?
April 2nd: Look outside. Do you see any shapes in the clouds? Describe them.
April 3rd: What are your favorite spring flowers? Why?
April 4th: Poll your family. What is each family member's favorite color? List them.
April 5th: Did anyone in your family choose the same favorite color as someone else? If so, find out if they like the color for same or different reasons.
April 6th: Does your family have any special Easter traditions?
April 7th: What is your favorite type of cold cereal to eat?
April 8th: If you could declare today as a new holiday, what would it be?
April 9th: What does the word "soft" remind you of?
April 10th: Do a secret service for a family member then write on how it made you feel to do so.
April 11th: What baby animals do you think of in the spring?
April 12th: Have you ever looked for birds in a forest? Do you like birdwatching?
April 13th: What design would you put on a butterfly's wings? Draw a picture.
April 14th: What Nursery Rhyme reminds you of spring?
April 15th: If you lost your shoes, how would you feel?
April 16th: Do you have a box of treasures? What is in it?
April 17th: What is something you did today that you will also do tomorrow?
April 18th: Do you like to spend or save the money you receive?
April 19th: Pussy willow trees are fun to find in the spring. Have you seen one? Describe it, or find out about them.
April 20th: Is your bedroom clean or messy today?
April 21st: Draw a picture using your favorite colors.
April 22nd: Do you know your phone number? What is it?
April 23rd: Can you touch your toes without bending your knees? How close to reaching are you?
April 24th: Do you like the feel of wind upon your face? Why or why not?
April 25th: Do you have a blossom tree in your yard? Do you like blossoms in spring?
April 26th: There are many new beginnings in the spring. What is something new you would like to do?
April 27th: Do you like the feeling of walking barefoot in the grass?
April 28th: Invent a new word and give it a definition from your imagination.
April 29th: What does the word "bright" remind you of?
April 30th: Trace your hand into your journal. Which hand do you write with?

May 1st: Today is May Day! Did you decorate with flowers?
May 2nd: Write a note for your mother, to give her on Mother's Day. Keep a copy in your journal.
May 3rd: What is an activity you love to do with your mother?
May 4th: What is your favorite fairy tale?
May 5th: Would you like to be a prince or princess? Why or why not?
May 6th: Who is your favorite of the seven dwarfs in Snow White?
May 7th: What would you like a fairy Godmother to do for you?
May 8th: What do you think is "somewhere over the rainbow?"
May 9th: Do you like unicorns?
May 10th: Draw a picture of a fairyland.
May 11th: Have you ever flown a kite? Tell about it.
May 12th: Draw a picture of a wonderful kite.
May 13th: Do you have a favorite poem? Copy it into your journal.
May 14th: Are you going to plant a garden this year?
May 15th: What will/would you plant in your garden?
May 16th: What is your favorite color for a rose?
May 17th: Would you like a rose bush in your garden?
May 18th: Do you have a watering can? If so, describe it.
May 19th: Do you like to wear slippers around the house?
May 20th: Do you prefer wearing socks or going barefoot?
May 21st: Did you have a special blanket or toy when you were a baby? Do you still have it?
May 22nd: What is the first thing you think of when you hear the color word "blue?"
May 23rd: What is your favorite Aesop Fable? Why do you like it?
May 24th: If you could be an animal, what would you choose to be?
May 25th: Do you like bumblebees? Have you ever been stung?
May 26th: What does your backyard look like today?
May 27th: Tell about something that made you very happy today?
May 28th: What did you eat for a snack today?
May 29th: What is the weather like today?
May 30th: Do you like cheese? What kind?
May 31st: What is your happiest memory from this past month of May?

June 1st: In which month is your birthday? Has is happened this year or is it still to come? Write your exact birthdate.
June 2nd: How old were you, or how old will you be, on your birthday?
June 3rd: Do you like birthday cake? What kind?
June 4th: What did you receive, or would like to receive, on your birthday this year?
June 5th: Father's Day is this month. Write a message to your father. Keep a record in your journal.
June 6th: What is an activity you like to do with your father?
June 7th: Does your dad have a favorite tie? Tell about it.
June 8th: Do you like to go star-gazing?
June 9th: Can you recognize a constellation? Which one(s)?
June 10th: Would you like to live on the moon? Why or why not?
June 11th: Would you like to be an astronaut? Why or why not?
June 12th: Which planet is your favorite?
June 13th: The universe is huge! What do you think is out there?
June 14th: Do you know what a black hole is? Tell about them.
June 15th: What do you find fascinating about outer space?
June 16th: Do you like to go camping? How often do you go?
June 17th: Do you prefer to sleep in a tent or a cabin?
June 18th: Do you like to roast marshmallows?
June 19th: What is your favorite camping food?
June 20th: What camp songs do you know? Do you have a favorite camp song?
June 21st: What would you do if you saw a bear in the woods?
June 22nd: What would you do if you became lost in the woods?
June 23rd: Do you know how to read a map or use a compass?
June 24th: Do you like mosquitoes?
June 25th: It is now summertime! What do you love about the summer?
June 26th: Do you know how to swim?
June 27th: Have you had swimming lessons?
June 28th: Where do you like to go swimming?
June 29th: What water safety rules do you know? List them.
June 30th: The last day of June! Do you like the last day or the first day of the month better?

July 1st: Canada Day! How do you celebrate? If you are not from Canada, what do you know about Canada?
July 2nd: Draw a Canadian flag.
July 3rd: Draw a U.S. flag.
July 4th: Independence Day! How do you celebrate? If you are not from the U.S.,what do you know about the U.S.?
July 5th: Do you have any allergies?
July 6th: Do you like to visit the doctor?
July 7th: Who is your doctor?
July 8th: What is the worst accident or illness that you have ever had?
July 9th: What makes you feel better when you are sick?
July 10th: Do you like to visit the dentist?
July 11th: Who is your dentist?
July 12th: Have you ever had a cavity?
July 13th: How many teeth have you lost?
July 14th: Does the tooth fairy come to your house?
July 15th: What kind of toothpaste do you use?
July 16th: Do you floss your teeth?
July 17th: Have you ever been in the hospital?
July 18th: Do you like bandaids? How often do you need them?
July 19th: How do you keep cool in the summer?
July 20th: Do you wear a hat when you go outside?
July 21st: What kind of sunscreen do you put on?
July 22nd: Do you like icecream? What is your favorite flavor?
July 23rd: Do you like popsicles?
July 24th: What do you know about pioneers?
July 25th: Woud you have liked to travel in a covered wagon across the prairie?
July 26th: Have you ever traveled somewhere by train?
July 27th: Have you ever traveled somewhere by boat?
July 28th: Have you ever flown in an airplane?
July 29th: What is your favorite way to travel?
July 30th: Do you know how to ride a bike? Describe your bike.
July 31st: Do you own a little red wagon?

August 1st: Do you like to go to the park?
August 2nd: Is there a park near your home?
August 3rd: Describe your favorite park.
August 4th: What playground equipment do you enjoy the most? Swings? Slide? Teeter-totter? Other?
August 5th: Have you been on a vacation this summer? Or will you be going on a vacation soon?
August 6th: Where will you go on your vacation, or where did you go?
August 7th: Do you like summer storms?
August 8th: Are you afraid of thunder and lightning?
August 9th: Is there an amusement park near your town? If yes, describe it.
August 10th: What is the best amusement park you have ever been to?
August 11th: What is your favorite ride at an amusement park?
August 12th: Do you like to go on the Ferris Wheel?
August 13th: What treats do you like to eat/buy at the amusement park?
August 14th: Have you ever been to a circus?
August 15th: What do you like, or not like, about the circus?
August 16th: Would you like to perform in a circus? If yes, what act would you be in?
August 17th: What is your favorite summer sport?
August 18th: What is the weather like today?
August 19th: What does the word "hot" remind you of?
August 20th: Are there any flowers blooming in your garden? Describe them
August 21st: Make a list of all the flower names you can think of.
August 22nd: Have you ever visited a farm? Would you like to live on one? Or do you live on one?
August 23rd: What is your favorite farm animal?
August 24th: Have you ever been to the zoo?
August 25th: What is your favorite zoo animal?
August 26th: Have you ever been to the ocean?
August 27th: What is your favorite ocean animal?
August 28th: Close your eyes and imagine you are under the ocean. What can you see?
August 29th: What color of paper do you like to draw on the best?
August 30th: On your favorite color of paper -- print one of your favorite bible verses, poems, or quotes. Decorate around the edges with crayons or stickers.
August 31st: What did you like best about summer this year?


September 1st: What do you like about the month of September?
September 2nd: What grade level of school are you in this year?
September 3rd: What type of school do you attend? (Home, Public or Private?)
September 4th: What is the name of your school?
September 5th: What is your favorite school subject?
September 6th: Write a short 2 line poem about school.
September 7th: What did you have for lunch today?
September 8th: What is the weather like today?
September 9th: Do you comb or brush your hair?
September 10th: What color is your comb or brush?
September 11th: How many pair of socks do you own? How many pair have no holes in them?
September 12th: How many pair of shoes do you own? Describe them.
September 13th: What size of shoe do you wear?
September 14th: Do you prefer taking a bath or having a shower?
September 15th: Find out one thing that happened in history on this date.
September 16th: How are you feeling today?
September 17th: Draw a picture of your mom or dad.
September 18th: Print your favorite letter, in your best handwriting, 10 times.
September 19th: Tell about a dream you recently had.
September 20th: Ask your parents for a photo of yourself and write a caption.
September 21st: Do you own a backpack? Describe it.
September 22nd: It is now Autumn! Are the leaves changing color in your neighborhood?
September 23rd: Make a leaf rubbing to put in your journal.
September 24th: What is your favorite insect?
September 25th: Did you harvest anything from your garden?
September 26th: How many different colors of Autumn leaves can you see out your window?
September 27th: What chores can you do in your backyard?
September 28th: Make up a math question for someone to solve. Record in your journal.
September 29th: How tall are you?
September 30th: How much do you weigh?

October 1st: Do you like the month of October? Why or why not?
October 2nd: Describe your favorite t-shirt.
October 3rd: What is the longest word you know how to read?
October 4th: What is the longest word you know how to spell?
October 5th: Do you prefer to call this season Fall or Autumn?
October 6th: What do you like best about Autumn?
October 7th: What is your favorite one-letter word?
October 8th: What is your favorite two-letter word?
October 9th: What is your favorite three-letter word?
October 10th: Canadian Thanksgiving is around now. How will you celebrate? If you don't live in Canada... when do you celebrate Thanksgiving?
October 11th: List 5 things you are thankful for.
October 12th: Tell what you know about Christopher Columbus.
October 13th: What is your favorite day of the week? Why?
October 14th: What does the word "surprise" make you think of?
October 15th: Draw a picture using only circles.
October 16th: Find a poem by R. L. Stevenson to copy in your journal.
October 17th: What is the weather like today?
October 18th: Find a bible verse on gratitude. Copy in your journal.
October 19th: Tell someone thank you for something they did for you. How did it make you feel?
October 20th: Can you see any migratory birds in your neighborhood?
October 21st: What is your favorite bird?
October 22nd: Do you have a bird feeder in your yard?
October 23rd: If you could be a bird, which one would you choose to be? Why?
October 24th: Do you wish it was still summer, or are you happy it is Autumn?
October 25th: It is two months until Christmas. Have you started preparing?
October 26th: What time did you wake-up this morning?
October 27th: What did you have for breakfast?
October 28th: What candy do you think is the most delicious?
October 29th: What time is sunrise and sunset tody?
October 30th: Do you celebrate Halloween? Why or why not?
October 31st: Did you dress up in a costume? What was it?


November 1st: Another new month. What is something you are looking forward to this month?
November 2nd: What time do you normally write in your journal?
November 3rd Do you have your very own clock (alarm clock) in your room? If yes, describe it.
November 4th: Do you have a watch? Describe it. If you don't have one, would you like one?
November 5th: What is your favorite time of day?
November 6th: What is your favorite time of night?
November 7th: What does the word "jumble" make you think of?
November 8th: Do you prefer to draw or paint?
November 9th: Do you have a favorite artist?
November 10th: Draw or paint a picture in the style of your favorite artist. Place in your journal.
November 11th: Today is Remembrance Day in Canada. What did you do to remember those who died for our country?
November 12th: Is anyone in your family a member of the military?
November 13th: Do you like to sculpt creations in clay?
November 14th: Decorate your journal page with stickers. Which sticker is your favorite?
November 15th: Do you know how to knit or crochet? Would you like to learn?
November 16th: Have your ever made something with beads?
November 17th: What is your favorite art or craft activity?
November 18th: Did you go anywhere today or did you just stay home?
November 19th: Do you have a hero? Tell about this hero.
November 20th: What does your mother remember best about her childhood?
November 21st: Who is your mother's hero?
November 22nd: What does your father remember best about his childhood?
November 23rd: Who is your father's hero?
November 24th: U.S. Thanksgiving is around now. Are you celebrating? What do you like about Thanksgiving?
November 25th: List 5 things you are thankful for.
November 26th: Ask your mom and write 5 things she is thankful for.
November 27th: Ask your dad and write 5 things he is thankful for.
November 28th: Can you make your own breakfast by yourself?
November 29th: Have you ever been to a museum?
November 30th: What did you like best about November?


December 1st: What do you like about the month of December?
December 2nd: Do you have an advent calendar to count the days until Christmas? If yes, please tell about it.
December 3rd: What is your favorite Christmas song? Copy the words to the 1st verse in your journal.
December 4th: Do you put up a real tree or an artificial tree for Christmas? When do you put up your tree?
December 5th: What is a special decoration you put out at Christmas time?
December 6th: Do you like candy canes? Why or why not?
December 7th: Make a cut out snowflake and paste it in your journal.
December 8th: Write a poem about December: D is for...., E is for..., C is for... etc.
December 9th: Do you have a favorite Christmas story or book? What is the title?
December 10th: Do you have a favorite Christmas video or movie you watch each year?
December 11th: Do you have any Christmas parties to go to this year?
December 12th: What is something nice you could do for someone this Christmas season?
December 13th: Has anyone done something nice for you?
December 14th: Do you have a nativity scene? Do you put it all out at once or add one piece a day?
December 15th: Who do you hope to visit or have visit you this year for Christmas?
December 16th: Do you have a gingerbread house? Did you help make it?
December 17th: What is your favorite Christmas baking goodie?
December 18th: What is on the top of your Christmas tree?
December 19th: Do you have your own special tree ornaments? Which is your favorite?
December 20th: What is the weather like today? What do you think it will be like on Christmas Day?
December 21st: What is a gift you could give to Jesus this year?
December 22nd: What is your favorite part of the Christmas Story found in Luke Chapter 2?
December 23rd: What does Christmas mean to you?
December 24th: Christmas Eve. What does your family do on Christmas Eve?
December 25th: Merry Christmas! What is your favorite Christmas tradition? Is the weather what you thought it would be?
December 26th: Today is Boxing Day in Canada. Do you know what it is about? Yes? Tell about it. No? Find out.
December 27th: What was the best present you received for Christmas?
December 28th: What was your most favorite gift to give?
December 29th: What was the best thing that happened to you this year?
December 30th: The year is almost over. Did the year seem to go by quickly or slowly?
December 31st: Today is New Year's Eve. How are you going to celebrate?

this is great for 6-10year olds or for a lazy journaler the questions can be addapted for your own culture this one came from http://www.letteroftheweek.com/primary_journal_ideas.html

Another idea which I have used is journal jars and there is a great site which has loads of questions that can be printed out out into strips and folded or rolled and placed in a clean recycled jar. check out http://organizedchristmas.com/adult-journal-jar or http://organizedchristmas.com/childs-journal-jar

















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