What good can a writing journal possibly be for a three or four year old that doesn't even know how to write?
Well, a writing journal for a preschooler is so much more than just writing. It is free expression and then telling the teacher what they have drawn. The teacher then writes the words. This way the child can see what they have drawn and can associate the drawing with the written word.
Eventually as the child matures developmentally their brain will make the connections and the child will be able to journal independently. This child's journal drawing reflects "a man picking strawberries." The children have been preparing to visit the strawberry patch.
Another child identified his work as a radish, since the children have recently been learning about fruits and vegetables. Journals are also a great way to gauge a child's progression of skills over time. It only takes a few minutes a day a few times a week.
Deborah K. Howell, Assistant Director