So, back to being grateful during the month of November, I encourage you to write down one thing every day that you are grateful for. This will refresh your memory, this will give you a positive mindset, this will build healthy habits and remind you that there is so much to be grateful for.
This is a healthy exercise for yourself and for your children. I myself only began to journal a few years ago, I added some art to my pages to get my creative gene engaged and wrote something daily. It truly changed my mindset, I encourage you to do the same.
Little did I know that there are so many fancy markers, beautiful colored pencils and so many new colors of crayons. I used to think I hit the jack pot when I received the crayons with the pencil sharpener on the back of the box! It was simpler times when I was growing up and I still embrace the simpler times. You know, you do not need to purchase a fancy journal, you can simply design a cover with copy paper, or construction paper, staple it, thread it or bind it, Your call.
When I was on the Reading Team, we simply stapled copy paper together for our kindergartners to draw in their journal, we asked them what they drew, wrote it down and once they were able to put their sounds together, they would draw a picture and write a letter, which led to a word, which led to a sentence. It was amazing to watch the process unfold and see the pride in a child's face and attitude once they began the process and could accomplish the task of a journal page. Perhaps you can create a monthly journal for your child, allow them to draw and write in it daily, this helps build literacy skills, communication skills, fine motor and creativity. Who knows, your child could be the next famous writer or even artist! At the very least, you're building healthy academics, and the above as well. Plus, you open up the lines of communication if you ask your child what they just wrote or drew and a conversation has begun. Now not only are you building a gratitude journal with your child, you're building so many other skills to help them embrace the journey!
Print out this Self-Esteem Elephant Journal Prompt to help get you started!
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