Journaling for Preschoolers
Whether your students are making their mark or already writing first words, discover how to invite your students to begin and enjoy the journaling process through this helpful guide to journaling with preschool and pre-kindergarten age children.

Table of Contents

  • Tip #1: Choosing a type of journal
  • Tip #2: Choosing where to keep journals
  • Tip #3: Choosing writing tools for journals
  • Tip #4: How often should students journal?
  • Tip #5: Guiding students through the journaling process
  • Tip #6: Writing the children’s stories
  • ​​​​​​​​Tip #7: Know the stages of drawing
  • Tip #8: Using journal prompts
  • Tip #9: Using Drawing Prompts
  • Tip #10: Do’s and Don’ts for modeling drawing skills
  • Tip #11: Encourage students to tell each other their stories
  • Tip #12: Scope and Sequence
  • Tip #13: Lesson Plan for Journaling in the Preschool Classroom
  • Tip #14: The Writing Center
  • Tip #15: Taking Journals Outside
  • Tip #16: Following the Child’s Interest
  • About Deborah J. Stewart, M. Ed.

Journaling gives young children the opportunity to express their own ideas.

Journaling promotes self-confidence, fine motor skills, reading and writing readiness.

Journaling documents a child's journey in story-telling, drawing, and writing.

You are amazing! I wish I could visit and/or be a student. Your journal ideas have helped me think about how I can move our journalling in a new direction and give the children opportunities to express themselves in new ways and at their own pace. Thanks for the inspiration!

Rhonda - US                 

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