Keeping a Journal While we are Isolating at Home


I had a talk with the children today about how we are living through a historical time, how one day if they have children they will learning about Coronavirus in History class. That they will come home and ask them all about what it was like to live during the pandemic when they were 6 and 8 years old.  But that they may not remember all of the details so it would be a good idea to keep a journal, and that I will keep a journal as well (in case the grandchildren want to ask me).

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It doesn't have to be anything fancy (although it can be!) and it could actually be the perfect thing for reluctant writers to get them motivated to write about what they know, which is what they are doing each day.  I have no strict rules about journals, they do not have to write every day (though it would be nice), and I will not correct their spelling, grammar or punctuation mistakes.  It has to be readable, so that they can understand what they were writing years from now, but it doesn't have to be their best writing.

We happened to have a few blank notebooks that we were going to use for travel journals, so we have used those.  I like the ones with space at the top to draw a picture and lines at the bottom to write on.  Other than that you do not need much, but I am going to put together a little journal writing basket of items to inspire the children to get creative.

Journal Writing Basket:
The children can freely write about whatever has happened that day, but as that is often only one sentence I am trying to ask them a few questions to prompt them some more:
  • How are you feeling today?
  • How do you think that the other people in your house are feeling?
  • Who did you talk to / video chat with today?
  • What was the weather like today (did you play more inside or outside?)
  • What made you happy today?
  • What was the funniest thing that happened today?
  • What school work have you done that you are most proud of?
  • What would you tell your future self about what it's like to stay at home?
  • What are you thankful for?
  • What's your favourite place in your house? Why?
  • What are your favourite games to play?
  • What did you learn today?
  • What do you want to do tomorrow?
  • What are you most looking forward to doing when you can go out? (I would only ask questions like this if your child isn't too anxious about missing out on things, possibly only for older children.)

We also talked about the important role that they are playing as children and how thankful we all are for the sacrifices that they are making to help the whole world to get through this.  Then I showed them this video of the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, thanking the children.

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