Children are growing people, and have exciting new experiences every day. Writing in a journal is an ideal way to record those experiences, or thoughts, that can’t quite be expressed vocally. Journal writing for children should be fun, and by choosing one single fun topic to write about the child can stay interested and focused. Here is where journal writing prompts come in.
Prompts for keeping a journal are questions which inspire thought and focus on a topic and provide a great source of inspiration when writing in a journal. They don’t necessarily have to be questions – they could be statements like ‘When I grow up I want to be a/an ________ because …’ or ‘I love my family because …’ The ‘because’ in these examples inspires thought and expression.
When considering journal writing for children the age of the child is an important factor. For example: ‘what is your favorite day of the week (and why)?’ or ‘who would you like to invite to your birthday party?’ might be suitable for the youngest writers, whereas older kids respond better to journal writing prompts such as ‘what/who is your favorite song/singer and why?’ or ‘what would/did you do to help your friend who was in a bad situation?’
Journal writing children of all ages (and I speak as one myself!) can have endless fun with the classic ‘what would you do if you had all the money in the world?’ To make it more interesting, you can put writing prompts on separate pieces of paper and have the kids draw them out of a hat. Then they have a short period of time to think about them (a minute or two) before writing in a journal.
Sample Journal Writing Prompts