Journal Prompts

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Writing is a huge part of our homeschool curriculum. No matter where my children end up in life, I want them to be able to clearly and effectively convey their ideas in a way that other people can understand them. I want them to be able to express their opinions and thoughts and defend them with well developed arguments. Therefore, we write, write, write. The only way to get better at writing is to do it often.

Journaling is not only a great way to practice writing skills, but it is also a safe place to express and stretch a child’s creativity. It’s a great place to try a new style of writing. Perhaps your child would like to try her hand at poetry or science fiction or storytelling. A journal is the place to start and even sharpen those skills.

The hardest part of keeping a journal for most children is knowing what to write about. Journal prompts can be helpful in getting them started. I’ve compiled a list of prompts for you to share with your children. Encourage your children to not only use these prompts to get started, but also to use them as inspiration for creating their own list of journal prompts.

1. If I could compete in any Olympic event, it would be…

2. My plan for keeping my body healthy includes these four things…

3. You can dress like a doctor with these things from around the house…

4. My friends/siblings and I can play church at home. The cast of characters will be…

5. My master plan for redecorating my bedroom is…

6. If money were no object, I would create the perfect backyard. It would include:

7. Exploring nature is exciting. When we walk on a trail, I like to collect…

8. A day at the beach is relaxing. Three things I like to do when we are at the beach are…

9. If I was given three free airline tickets to anywhere in the world, I would go to…

10. My favorite meal includes…

11. When Mom and I make brownies, we follow these instructions…

12. There are many reasons I enjoy playing football. Some of the top reasons are:

13. Building a fort with things from around the house is simple. All you need is…

14. A zip line is a fun way to get from place to place. I’d like to zip line from… to …

15. The Bible says a lot about money. Some of the things it says are…

16. The farthest from home I’ve ever traveled is…

17. Jehovah-Shalom means “God is our peace.” To me, this means…

18. Something I’d really love to learn how to do is…

19. If someone gave me $1000 for my birthday, I would spend it on…

20. It is very important to choose a husband or wife wisely because…

21. The differences in being a mom and a dad are…

22. The best way to run a restaurant is…

23. A description of my favorite book and its characters is…

24. If I could be the owner of any professional sports team, it would be…

25. If I could have any zoo animal for a pet it would be…

26. If I had to choose between being a bird or being a fish I would choose…

27. A day in the life of a baker would be like…

28. What would it be like to live on a boat?

29. Write a short story about a picnic that was ruined by ants.

30. If I could own any restaurant, it would be…

31. Being a Christian means…

32. The basic ingredients of Italian cooking are…

33. My favorite color combinations to wear are…

34. My favorite winter activities are…

35. You know you are an adult when…

36. Make a list of adjectives, nouns, and verbs that remind you of Canada.

37. Five things that remind me of the Olympics are…

38. The stinkiest, smelliest job on the planet is…

39. When I was a baby my three favorite toys were…

40. If I could be a character on any TV show, it would be…

41. If someone made a movie about my family, the actors who play us would be…

42. A day in the life of a policeman would be…

43. If I could only have five foods for the rest of my life they would be…

44. If I was creating the menu for a new Mexican restaurant, it would include…

45. How many 4-letter and 5-letter words can you form from the saying, “It is better to give than to receive.”

46. If I lived in Paris, my life would be like…

47. If I woke up tomorrow morning speaking a different language, I would want it to be…

48. For your next family vacation, would you rather go to the beach, go camping, or go on a road trip and why?

49. My favorite holiday is _______________ because…

50. The three best things money can’t buy are…

Comments

  1. Great List! I’ve been working on a similar list, except for slightly younger kids. I will pin this one to use in a couple of years!

  2. Maria Estrada Loehne says:

    Hey, I agree that writing with a promt is a good way to begin children (all of us, really) to gain confidence to express our opinions.
    This summer while taking care of my mom I came across the book Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli about a child’s viewpoint of Warsaw Germany. If history is the spotlight for a young reader in your life, read the book first and then together. I am sure that there will be much to discuss and share on both sides.

    If anyone has reading suggestions for the Civil Rights movement, I would appreciate it.

    Thanks,
    Maria

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