Summer Journal Writing

Summer is approaching fast! This time of year is always bittersweet for me because I love my group of kids, but I am also ready for the slow pace of summer. I like to send my kids off with something that will help prevent the summer slide, yet is not too “schoolish.”  Yes, I made that word up.  Summer writing journals are a great way to incorporate writing and reading!

Summer Writing Journals

I think summertime is when kids should play and be a kid. But why not write down their summer memories of being a kid?

Summer writing journals are a great way to document memories. One of the gifts I give my students at the end of the year is a new notebook and summer journal prompts,

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During the back-to-school season, I buy extra an extra class set of spiral notebooks. I save them for their summer journals.  I print out the journal prompts and provide them with a cute pencil and eraser.  They can choose their prompt, cut it out and then write about it. We use journal prompts all year, so they know the format.

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When I give the summer journals out, I tell my students to bring them back at the end of summer and show me their journal. If they show me their journal, I give them a prize. The prize is usually a fun new pencil!  

If you are interested in the summer journal prompts, you can find them here.


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