When I was in middle school, I kept a dream journal. I thought it might inspire me to write amazing books.
Well, that didn’t happen; mostly because when I awoke, I could only remember about one percent of the actual dream and they were always really strange.
However, a dream journal is an excellent way to incorporate more writing into a child’s day. With a dream journal, children will get into a daily writing habit that can inspire them to write more and may even lead to fictional spin-offs from their dreams.
If you want to encourage kids to write, a dream journal is an excellent place to start. Here are some tips to make it easier:
5 Simple Tips for Encouraging Kids to Write with a Dream Journal
Use a Small Journal
Large journals are difficult for children to write in. A smaller journal with a hard cover (to keep the journal usable over the years) is the perfect size for the child to keep by their bed to write in it each morning after they wake up.
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Don’t Force Anything
Don’t require your children to write in the journal everyday. Let them write in it when they choose.
Don’t Read It
Children might be hesitant to write down their dreams if an adult reads the entries. My children don’t like me to read their personal writings because they are nervous that I’ll comment on spelling or handwriting. Let the dream journal be a personal expression of your children. If they want to share the entries with you, great! If not, don’t worry about it.
If a child wants to document their dreams in pictures, let them. A dream journal is a creative expression of your child. Let them use stickers, crayons or markers, glue in pictures, or whatever they want to do!
Save the Journals
I saved my dream journal for a long time (it may still be in a box somewhere along with my fake diary- another story for another day). Every few years, I read through some of the entries and laughed at myself. It was a fun way to see who I was when I was younger and how I’ve changed over the years. Your children will love seeing their old selves, too.
A dream journal is an excellent way to encourage your children to write. It is just one way to incorporate more creative writing into your children’s day.
Do your children have dream journals?