Hey...I got my daughter a personalized journal, with a picture of her and myself when she was a baby on the inside, and a passage I wrote. I think it would be a great idea to get one for her every year.
Anyway, I got it from minted.com and it is graph paper on the inside. I thought it would be cool to be able to let her draw in it, as well as post pictures/found objects, make mini-collages, and write.
I want her to be able to look back at it years from now and understand and remember what life was like for her...
We have yet to use it though...her birthday was almost a month ago. Actually we did some writing in it last night just cause we didn't have any other paper while we were visiting family. We wrote in the back of the book and I told her we would make decorations later. I want to teach her symbols, codes, paisleys, etc.
Today I asked her to get her journal so we could write down the lyrics to a song she made up since she wanted me to sing it and I didn't know the lyrics. Then I asked her if she wanted me to help her draw and star and I thought that'd be a good thing to put in the journal, but both times she decided not to do it, even though she thought it was a good idea, she said she'd "do it later".
I'm not sure how to get her using it and excited about what she can do in it... whenever I journal she wants a page of my journal, so I thought it'd be cool to get her own, because journals are one thing I will share, but that I really don't like to share. (I'm a writer)
Any ideas, anyone with journaling kids?
ETA: Wow...I just had the idea of making charts. It's surprising I didn't think of this earlier, since I love charts and have been trying to figure out how to bring charts into our lives....
I don't want it to be just charts though, and I'll have to figure out how to set it up...so feel free to share likewise. :O