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 Are you worried that your child is being bombarded with the technological age? Yes, we can use technology to help improve our child’s reading and task related skill achievement, but it is possible to have too much technology. Perhaps you could consider getting your child interested in journaling to help balance the technological and the literal. If this is something you’re interested in getting your child involved in, then pay attention to these next tips from The Tutoring Center in Southgate that will help you get your child interested and set up some rules for journaling.

Before we even discuss the specifics of how to get your child interested in journaling, let us start with understanding the benefits of journaling for your child. 
  • You can expect that your child will begin to improve in his or her written communication skills, understanding and appreciating the importance of communicating well
  • This is an emotional outlet for your child, and you may begin to notice that your child has become more gifted at explaining his or her emotions
  • Though it’s not likely your child will focus on his or her grammar and spelling, at least not specifically, while writing in a journal, your child will likely become more conscious of how he or she is writing, spelling, and using grammar
  • Lastly, you can expect that your child will feel a sense of freedom from writing in a journal, especially if it is encouraged by you. Your child will know that what he or she feels, is important, and that you are supportive
If you are now convinced that encouraging your child to write in a journal could be effective for him or her, then pay attention to these tips on how to begin the process.

  • If your child is interested in journaling, then take him or her to a store and let your child pick out a journal that is appealing. Remember that if your child likes the journal, he or she will carry it around for a while, even if only for the novelty of it. Having it around though, is a great first step. 
  • Make sure that you are honest with your child, and inform him or her that unless there are very extenuating circumstances, you understand that the journal is private and that you will respect that privacy.
Once your child has his or her journal in hand, you could consider some of these tips to help your child get started.

  • You can help your child with his or her first few entries, by providing writing prompts to at least give your child some ideas of how to start
  • Just as it is important to provide your child with a workspace when he or she is doing homework, you’ll want to do something similar for journal time. Since this activity doesn’t have to be completely structured, the place your child chooses for writing in his or her journal could certainly be a bed or the couch. 
  • Establish times for your child to write. If you notice that your child is feeling angry or anxious, you could suggest that he or she take a few minutes to write down those feelings and then perhaps they’ll be easier to communicate aloud.
Now that you’re seeing your child is more involved in journaling, you may also begin to notice improvement or more interest in writing and reading. However, you may also begin to see some areas where your child is not as interested. If that happens, don’t take away the journal, but consider getting your child some extra assistance in the area of struggle. You can check out these tips on improving study habits as well as calling The Tutoring Center to set up a free diagnostic assessment. For tutoring in Southgate, be sure to call, (734) 785-8430.


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