Journals can be a great means of self-exploration and freedom of expression. 'Free writing' whatever comes into ours heads has long been recognised as bringing great benefits to both adults and children alike. Writing, doodling, drawing or ‘representing’ our thoughts and feelings in some way can help us work through problems we may be having. Journaling for children is a wonderful way to open up new horizons.
Journals are a way of being creative, finding out more about ourselves, developing intuition and solving problems. By getting thoughts out of our heads and down on paper, we can gain insights about ourselves that we might otherwise not see.
Journaling is a way to process and think things through effectively - helping us to make decisions. It can strengthen our sense of self and help us to realise our potential. It is a great way of clarifying goals and learning to trust ourselves. Most importantly it gives children a safe place to play around with their creativity and writing capabilities.
Within the workshop staff members are encouraged to lead by example and participate in the project, children benefit hugely from watching ‘grown-ups’ being creative and expressing themselves, it can help build confidence and open the door to self-exploration and realising potential.
A wealth of craft items are made available to pupils and staff so they can move freely around the classroom in selecting materials to create and personalize their journals.