These are our summer journals.
I got the idea from Guy's preschool teachers. Every day or so, I ask my children to draw on a topic, usually something they've been talking about a lot. Then I label it and date it on the back. Here are our first entries. I asked the kids to "draw about" what they think their school classes will be like next year. Even two-year-old Autumn participates, although she draws just her favorite items so far.
Another writing prompt that I gave them last week was "Draw about your worst dream." Guy knew just what to draw, since he'd had a nightmare earlier that week. This activity opens up some nice conversations for us. And Guy "drew a solution" into his "bad dream". He drew a school mate protecting him. I asked him about it, because I didn't remember him mentioning this part of the dream the first time he told me about it. He said,"Well, I wasn't sure what Ryan was doing in the dream, so I imagined him protecting me." Nightmare resolved...all on his own! I like it.
Scarlett couldn't think of a nightmare to draw, so she made one up: Her future teacher Miss Ann getting caught in a storm was her idea of a "bad dream".
Each child has a folder and we keep our pictures in order by date. These are our summer journals, and they are quickly becoming a treasure to each of us.
PS - A reader on Sugardoodle asked about a list of writing prompts/questions to get the kids writing/drawing. I found a pretty creative list of journal prompts at Super Teacher Worksheets.