One of the expectations for our 4-6 grade English class includes writing in a journal. This assignment is not graded or evaluated for penmanship and spelling, I just check to make sure they are making regular entry’s.
Over the years, I guess off and on since high school, I have kept a journal. Sometimes months go by, and I write nothing. In other seasons, I write daily. It’s not on the “must get done” list, it’s just something I enjoy when the time is right.
This year, my journal has taken the form of Not Without Aim using a computer rather than a neat looking book and fancy pen. The writing takes me much longer. I edit, and edit, and edit again and still find mistakes. The penmanship has improved dramatically though! ;)
A few of my journals are timeless.
One in particular is a record of significant events that have happened in our lives. At times I’ve done a good job keeping it up, but it has tons of gaps. Never-the-less, I enjoy looking back through it, and maybe someday the children will too.
The little pocket journal , very little, fits in a side pocket in my purse. This one is specifically for names. When I meet someone new, I often will write down their name and a little something about them.
Then there is the journal that I like to bring when I go to my sisters’ homes. They have so many good ideas – books, movies, places to go, recipes, fun things to do… so I jot them down.
One of my favorites though, is my journal for quotes. I’m not sure if it is because I like the feel of this particular book, or the fact that my sister gave it to me. Likely, it has to do with what all is written within it’s pages! As I read a book, I take note of key points or sayings. Upon finishing the book, I try to narrow them down to just a few key passages that I especially appreciate, and record them. It is becoming a wealth of wisdom from various authors all wrapped into one little volume!
I don’t know if my children will ever take to journal writing, but no doubt, one day they will enjoy looking back to what they wrote for this year of English class.