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,
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.
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.