Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Telling Stories through Journaling for 3 Year Olds

Journaling for 3 - 4 Year Olds: Play with Letters and Memories

I mean I tried to keep a journal myself, but always forgot to make entries and it didn't stick. What's the purpose of journal writing for preschoolers? Wouldn't they rather do something else? Inspired by the ideas found here: Journals with 3 Year Olds from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds, we decided to give it a try.

And it is getting more fun for My Firefly by every additional page! Her journal is her special book of her favorite stories and happenings with just a little playing with letters and a written language mixed in.

Barbie Bottle Journal Page

This is her first page. She had gotten a fun Barbie bottle of juice from a gas station when travelling and loved it. I thought this would be a nice entry for a start.

The letters on this page: I wrote them with her watching just to show her how letters could fit inside the lines. I did not expect her to copy them at all! She did - coping my behavior more then the letters themselves.

You never know how much kids can actually do until they try. That is - at the right moment, of course.


Telling Dinosaur Stories through Journaling

We do not have any preset time for working with her journal. Some fun memories in a playful way: an activity I offer her with each page is for about 3 minutes, which she can extend by herself if she wants to.

Here are some dinosaur pages made by My Firefly and her best friends during their Dinosaurs play date. They each got a half circle to trace for a dinosaur's body, then added other body parts and words. This was done with parents' assistance - an awesome bonding activity to do together and to tell the dinosaur stories afterwards.

Volcano Journal Page

Every time My Firefly gets her journal, she starts by looking through the pictures, reading words, and telling stories. This is some sweet time for us to talk about anything, and to absorb the meaning behind written language and illustrations.

This Volcano page was done after our volcano play found here: Letter V Is for Volcano.Rocks and Model Magic Volcano Craft.

Best Friend's Birthday Party: Cupcake Pages

First, kids were offered to find the lines for letters by drawing a pattern for a table cloth at the bottom of the page. I found this works the best for us: an activity planned for 3 minutes with a kid-lead extension and no set expectations of the outcome. Also, it is important to find the only one object to draw to keep activities simple.


My Firefly's Favorite Journal Page: Family at the Festival

Her stories about people at the carousel change from time to time, but the main idea is the same: it is so much fun to spend time with family and friends at the festival!

Journaling and telling stories based on journal pages worked wonders for us. The one challenge is to find extra 3-5 minutes to sit together, reflect and draw. The great thing is this notebook is such a wonderful conversation starter!

More Preschool Ideas from My Bright Firefly

Practical Life Skills through Play

Finding Spring: 10 Creative Sun Catcher Crafts

Q-Tip Painting for Preschoolers
(Click on the picture below to enlarge it.)

You are very welcome to follow us here:


  1. Great post, thank you so much for sharing nice post, i love your blog


  2. Thank you for sharing this article. The best paper help in the United States is just here. Click here to learn more about the various disciplines in which we may assist you.

  3. Excellent work! One thing I’d really like to reply to is that fat burning plan fast is possible by the suitable diet and exercise. A person’s size not just affects appearance, but also the quality of life. Self-esteem, depressive disorders, health risks, as well as physical abilities are affected in weight gain. It is possible to do everything right but still gain. In such a circumstance, a problem may be the offender. While a lot of food instead of enough exercise are usually the culprit, common health conditions and traditionally used prescriptions can greatly increase size. I am grateful for your post here.


  4. He describes that racism is when a particular culture replaces a certain way of their life, and uses that which is copied from another culture since it is generally seen as superior. theology assignment help
    design and analysis of algorithms
    help with capstone project
    article writing service
    hire a content writer
    online content writing services
    hire a writer
    hire a ghost writer
    write my assignment

  5. Thanks for sharing great post, i really love your content, please share more information

  6. This was among the best posts and episode from your team it let me learn many new things. TG中文版

  7. relevant piece of information in this world of modernized technology Cromacoin usually operates on wide-spread public ledger known as Blockchain where entire confirmed transactions. Entire ways where users are aware of each transaction avoid stealing and spending the same currency within stipulated time.Bored ape
    This process also supports Blockchain as it is trustworthy for an appropriate piece of content.

  8. Web Clients- It is the opposite of full client resembling which totally Ethereum NFT
    dependent upon the third-party server and operate entire transactions instantly.

  9. The use of 3D printing is transforming manufacturing and design. Best Nft projects 2033

  10. NFT Hydroponics Systems work by generating a constant water flow at the plants' root systems which are suspended in a tub. The slow moving water solution is spread out across a flat surface at a depth of approximately 1 to 3 inches. This shallow solution depth is constantly maintained to create a nutrient film over the plant roots. Bored ape

  11. It is an useful and instructive post. I'm glad I transpired upon it. It has facilitated my grasp of the idea raised in this piece. I hope to learn more about this aspect in the future. The latter post has been immensely useful in navigating me through the challenges of this aspect. I'm quite pleased for the valuable data.
    no fault divorce new jersey
    divorce in new jersey laws

  12. How can Koreans locate a safe toto website? The total amount of additional rewards and restricts is one of the many elements that subscribe to the security of toto sites. Technology

  13. The basic principle of NFT method is the usage of a very thin film of nutrient-rich moisture that enables the plants to have constant access to it.
    Nft games

  14. What an incredible post! Your words radiate positivity and inspiration. I'm truly uplifted by your perspective on embracing challenges. Orden Protección Nueva Jersey Keep shining your light through your writing - the world needs more of this uplifting energy! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful piece.

  15. The Forbes 30 Under 30 list highlights individuals under the age of 30 who have made significant contributions to various fields.forbes

  16. "Businesses that prioritize sustainability can benefit from cost savings, improved brand reputation, and usage of environmentally conscious consumers." better business bureau

  17. The energy transition towards renewable sources is creating opportunities and challenges for businesses in the power sector. better business bureau

  18. Gil is the lifeblood of the FFXI economy. It allows players to buy essential items, enhance their gear, and progress through the game more efficiently. Without sufficient gil, players may find themselves struggling to keep up with the challenges and quests.ff11 gil

  19. "Thank you for sharing this insightful article! It provided valuable information in a concise and engaging manner. Great job!" multivendor marketplace platform