Summer is approaching fast! This time of year is always bittersweet for me because I love my group of kids, but I am also ready for the slow-pace of summer. I always like to send my kids off with something that will help prevent this summer slide, yet is not to “schoolish.” Yes, I made that word up. I kind of like it. Summer journals are a great way to incorporate writing and reading!
Summer Writing Journals
It’s summer and I truly believe that kids should play and be a kid, but why not write down their summer memories of being a kid?
So to help with their memory keeping, I like to give them a summer journal, along with journaling strips. It’s a low prep, low cost end of the year gift that my students love!
During the back-to-school season, I buy extra an extra class set of spiral notebooks and save them for their summer journals. I print out the journaling strips and provide them with a cute pencil and eraser. They can choose their prompt, cut it out and then write about it.
When I give the summer journals out, I tell my students to bring them back at the end of summer and show me their journal. If they show me their journal, I give them a prize, usually a fun new pencil! I always have a few students hold me up to take me up on that offer, and I love it!