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Is your child finding it difficult to think of ideas for their reading journal? Are they 'stuck in a rut' and doing the same few activities over and over again? Look no further! Here is your guide to support them in journalling like an absolute pro...
First things first, we don't expect them to complete a large journal entry for every single piece of reading they do! If they're short of time or the reading that day hasn't inspired them to respond, then we'll be more than happy with a date, title and number of pages (as well as any comments an adult may want to add). Sometimes, though, they'll want to do more and here are some ideas for them to try:
That's just a list to start them off! They could be even more imaginative and write letters or notes from one character to another. Have they considered putting themselves in someone else's shoes and writing a short diary entry? Some of the KS2 pupils have been making Top Trumps cards to compare characters or writing their own 'Guide to...' prompted by their reading. I've attached some examples of reading diaries below to help inspire everyone.
Remember that completing journal entries is supposed to be enjoyable! Make it as interesting as you can for your child by doing lots of different activities instead of just a short summary every time. Words are great but pictures with labels can be just as effective (and more fun to do!). Use lots of bright colours! If they're struggling with some of the writing, can you support or even write down what they are saying about the book? You could write down their words in a speech bubble or using inverted commas (speech marks).
If you need any support with reading journals or any new ideas, why not ask one of the staff in school or one of our KS2 librarians? There are also book recommendations on the Online Library page of this website under the Children drop down menu.