Important Suggestion to my fellow Journalers

If these posts are too long for you to complete, I suggest that you print off the prompt that is of current interest to you and then tape it into your journal for future reference. The prompts are such that you can do it in one sitting or you can break each idea down and use them as separate prompts. There is no set rule on how to use these prompts. They can be used as lessons for your auxiliaries too. Hope you enjoy them and may they glorify the Lord in all the ways you use them. God bless your writing experiences.

Important Note:

Most of these prompts will come from my own thoughts, but there may some that I have found from other people and want to share with you. Some of the prompts may be repeats to some of you who are members of the same online groups I am in, but I will include them for the new journalers out there reading this blog. And sometimes prompts are so good they are worth repeating. You may use a prompt over and over again and reply to it differently each time. I will give credit to prompts I find when I know the person who submitted the prompt or gave it to me by other means. If I find a journaling site that has prompts I will include them too. Thank you for your understanding.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The First Letter of Your Name

I do an activity with the families at my school that involves them finding pictures, clippings from magazines, etc that begin with the first letter of their child's name.  They glue to a sheet of construction paper and then we use their specially made paper as a learning tool.  The lessons learned from this particular activity is letter recognition, letter sounds, environmental print, counting, and math concepts.  I also use it as a way of engaging conversation so I can access the child's communication/listening skills.  It is a great social/emotional tool.  They do the activity with their parents and that is called quality time.  It is a very simple activity and doesn't cost very much and we get so much out of it.  I even make me one each time so the children can see things that start with M and it becomes important to them if teacher has to do homework too.

Well, while doing this activity this year it hit me how it could be used in our journaling.  If you are one who decorates your covers this activity is perfect for you to personalize your journal.  Find things in magazines to cut out that begin with the first letter of your name and glue them to the cover of your journal.  Cover them with clear packaging tape to secure them and keep them from coming off.  This will be a different way to make your journal stand out from the rest you have done.

If you do not want to do it as a cover idea, then place them randomly throughout your journal pages to decorate them.  Or you could use the clippings as a way of signing off for the day.  And you could use the clippings as a prompt to write something about it relating to you or your name as an entry for the day. 

You could use the time spent looking for the pictures as a way have quality time with your own children or grandchildren.  They could help you find the perfect things to cut out. 

And I also cut out different Ms in different fonts and colors and sizes and used them on my paper.
I have used magazine clippings for many things in my journals.  I can't throw a magazine away until I have harvested out every possible picture, saying, poem, quote, letter, etc to use in my journal or my buddy journal or traveling journal.  Many prompts have come from the simplest thing from a magazine. 

Have fun and share of the fun you had doing this activity.  God bless your life, Marshel