Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Journal pages for kids

One of the projects I've been working on in recent weeks is a set of journal pages for kids. It's been an interesting process -- writing with younger readers in mind -- as I've generally tended to think about journal prompts in terms of my current experience, as an adult. It's something I've really had to think about and I've wondered a lot lately whether I've gotten it right.

So, what I'd like to do this week is post the first three pages in my set as free printables -- one today, one tomorrow, and one on Friday. If journal pages for kids are of interest to you, I'd love to have your feedback on today's page and the next two, too.

In these pages you'll find a format similar to my original journal pages, except:
  1. I've made the lines a little thicker and the outer border wider for colouring,
  2. I've added a place for the child's name beside the date,
  3. I've reduced the number of prompts per page to make it easier to complete a page in one or a few sittings,
  4. I've simplified the prompts slightly to make them more suitable for younger journal keepers.
  5. In terms of age range, I'm thinking grades three to six.
The first page looks a little something like this:
As always, I've also created a colourful version, which looks a lot like this:

If you would like to download today's journal page, you'll find the colour-free file here and the colourful file here. I hope you'll stop by tomorrow and Friday, too!

15 comments:

  1. These look like a great idea as Writing prompts for children. I like that you have made a space for their name, makes them more classroom friendly :) . Leaving some opportunity for colouring is also important, my kids love to doodle and colour !

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    1. Hi Caroline! My kids love to doodle and colour, too! Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

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  2. I love them. I have wanted to copy all of your 'adult' version for my granddaughters but the younger girls would like something like these a lot better. Will you make them all free?

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    1. Hi Paula! Thanks so much for your feedback! The first three pages will be free; any additional ones will probably end up as a set in my shop.

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    2. Awwww.....but that makes sense as I am sure a lot of time is involved in doing these

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  3. This is so great! I might try it with my little guy, even though he is a bit young. Thank you so much!

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    1. Hi Silverlotus! Thanks so much for stopping by! I'd love to know how it goes with your little guy. :)

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  4. Oh yes! This is awesome!! I love your designs and I've been wanting to do this with my daughter! Thank you!

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    1. Hi Chrissy! Thanks so much! I'd love to know how it goes with your daughter. :)

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    1. Hi Techia! You're most welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

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  6. I am a huge fan of your journaling pages. I am a third grade teacher and I am beyond, beyond, beyond excited!!!!! On my never-gotten-to-to-do list has been to create, a la Grace Is Overrated, journaling pages for kids. But here you are! Thank you sooooo much!

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    1. Hi Lizacatacutan! Is it Liza? Hope I've gotten that right. Thanks so much for your comment! Glad to help you with your to-do list. :)

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