Keeping A Diary (Part 2)

A diary is like a personal friend. 
 
For upper primary girls, it can be a sanctuary where they can voice their feelings and thoughts with their daily goings-on of school, CCA, good friends or even bullies. My girl sometimes write about her friends and also crappy substitute teachers… Ahakz! But i do agree with her on one thing… she has a fabulous form teacher!
 
Here are some sharings from my DD1’s diaries and also as promised earlier, this is the second part to my initial diary writing post.  If you have missed the first part, here’s the link. Portal publication
 
As children grow older, their writing ideas matures with their thoughts. My elder girl started off her diary entry with a cute note : SECRET DIARY. She says this is a book of secrets and only for her and mummy to share. Daddy too if he wants to and also not forgetting mei-mei.
 
I bought her this new WINX CLUB diary with a small lock and key, (mebbe that’s why she wanted to write the words ‘secret diary’… ) after she finished her previous diary till the last page and coincidentally she did her revision of spelling words very well. As she didn’t know that she was gg to get this new diary….. and the fact that she LOVED WINX CLUB so much at that time….. she dedicated her first entry to her new prized possession.
 
 
  
 
To address the issue of the “and then(s)” first… 😆 
Hee… Just to share that mine does it too!
 
 
 
Not to worry though, as this can be easily improved with introduction to more conjunctions. I’ll go into this later on… 
 
As children will be exposed to school compositions and will be taught to write in paragraphs, do introduce paragraphing even if it’s 1 paragraph at one time. Meaning to say that it can be a long entry for the day, but only 1 paragraph was used. A paragraph has to be started with a beginning sentence slightly a distance away from the margin. At this stage parents can help them channel their thoughts aligning to the standard 3-parts of writing composition. ie. beginning, middle and ending; (or introduction, body & conclusion) where eventually the paragraphing practice will take effect.
 
Here is a sample of her work with paragraphing.
 
 
 
 
She drew pictures on her mini notepad on the way there and also when she was at the venue itself. She pasted them in her diary pages as well.
 
 
 
 

 

 

However just a point to note though… a diary need not be like a creative writing piece like those they do in school. Oh no! Cos then it wud be like a chore…. another piece of work to do. It should hold as many memories of their growing up years as possible detailing their lives as children. Happy children ideally..
 
 

 

As parents we can also introduce useful idioms and use of synonyms too so as to encourage a broader usage of vocabulary in their writings, as we go along reading their diaries together with them.
 
Diaries are also a good source of accounting…… of pocket money. Children who already have pocket money can start accounting practice already. For my then P1, it also helps with addition & subtraction practice other than just to help them build their own piggy bank. 
 
Here’s how we started out…
 
 
As she was younger then, she was pretty much more a visual counter when it came to counting money. So, whatever she has in front of her (concrete) she will translate it to paper (abstract) the same way, by drawing out the coins. Another way wud be to shade on the coins!
 
 
 
With daily practice, she has developed a more standardized form of accounting using the Montessori addition process I’ve taught her to work with.
 
 
 

As she grew older, we did not have to prompt her entries anymore. Her inputs were usually her own ideas and initiatives… till today.
 

 
 
Diary writing is also a form of discipline just like showering and brushing of teeth. When it is encouraged from young, it would come as almost automatic for the child to write in the daily inputs. 
 
Nowadays, good days or on bad days both DDs love to write in their thoughts for the day….. everyday. So mummy and daddy have more of their childhood days’ stories to read when we’re old and grey….. and missing them greatly when they have their own family to care for. 
 
Pictures do paint a thousand words… but the words coming from the children themselves are priceless as well. We keep the diaries in our family treasure box with all our other family keepsake. Boy our box is bursting… 

Montessori

Hi, wing79.. I'm always teaching Montessori. At home to my children and i try what i can when i have time to support the other parents… yes moms AND dads too.. here in this thread > http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=906&start=1610 

See you there? 😉

You can also PM me when you are logged on. I don't often check emails. LOL.

Montessori

Hi buds,

Sorry hv to post here to ask u cos couldn't access yr profile in d Montessori thread.

 

r u teaching Montessori enrichment at d moment? Would like to find out more where n when if u r.

pls email me at mail_stephanie@yahoo.com

thx so much!

You're welcome. :)

Quote genie23, "Thanks buds – those are indeed some very valuable suggestions. Am plannin to take her to the Popular sale later this week. Lets see if we can find something there "

The pleasure is mine. 
Hope you girls find something nice. 


Thanks buds - those are

Thanks buds – those are indeed some very valuable suggestions. Am plannin to take her to the Popular sale later this week. Lets see if we can find something there

Winx Club

Quote genie23, "You have found such a creative way to capture childhood memories. I’m not confident of being able to do the same with my P1 girl who detests writing and her handwriting is atrocious. But she does LOVE Winx club. So perhaps the Winx diary may do the trick 😉 Can you share where I may be able to buy it?"

Hi genie23, thanks for your compliments.   She does not have to write much for a start. Even a 1-liner will suffice. Get her to draw stuff or even cut and paste receipts, pictures, crafts she did that day.. (etc). My girls were super hooked on Winx Club back then and so i tapped on that interest for my DD1 to see if it might ignite an interest in journal writing. In my case it did. I bought their Winx Club tote bags, stationery, diaries, notepads at either Popular Choa Chu Kang or Bukit Panjang Plaza. We also bought a few collectibles and clothings from when Winx Club came to Lot 1 Shoppers Mall in CCK for a show during one of those Meet & Greet sessions at the mall. They got to take a picture with the cast with my big purchase too. You may want to look out for similar shows from them and bring your girl down. I’m sure she’d like that! Keep in touch, ya? 

PS. You can also put up her works here in the forum. See if she’s encouraged. 



kudos to you

You have found such a creative way to capture childhood memories. I’m not confident of being able to do the same with my P1 girl who detests writing and her handwriting is atrocious. But she does LOVE Winx club. So perhaps the Winx diary may do the trick 😉 Can you share where I may be able to buy it?

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