I think somewhere during that year, seeds were planted in me that lasted forever. One of which was a love for writing.
I am passionate about writing...well, at least I was once upon a time. When a decade of journals got destroyed in Hurricane Katrina, I have yet to once again journal with the fervency I once did...but I do yearn to get back to it...
Journaling with my kids is another story. I have never required it of them. In fact, classical educationists kind of frown upon journaling with its encouragement of incorrect sentence structure and inventive spelling. Original writing can even stress some kids out, trying to focus on the mechanics of writing along with original sentences. We are more the copywork/narration/dictation folk.
But every once in awhile...we leap out of the box. Yes, leap. I never was one do something small.
We are gearing up for a year long journaling project...idea courtesy of my own second grade year. The idea behind Road Trip Journaling is that Hugh the Hippo and his backpack filled with his very own journal will travel to our friends across the United States and each child who Hugh visits will get to keep him for a week and fill the journal with all of their adventures, hopefully a few pictures, and maybe even a postcard!
One of the added bonuses is that this project can involve children who are homeschooled or who school outside of the home.
At the end of the adventure Hugh will journey home with his journal bursting of all his adventures! Upon his return we plan to scan each of the pages and make a memory book for each child that participated.
We are very excited to get started on our first journaling adventure!!! I hope we are able to make an enormous amount of wonderful memories for the many kids who meet Hugh and share on his journey!
A fun way to engage our kids, get them writing, meet new friends, and maybe learn some geography along the way!
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