One way to help kids practice their writing skills is to have them keep a journal on any vacations you take. It can also be a great way for them to be more engaged with where you are and why you are visiting.
On our big summer road trip, Jack kept a journal every day. He would write about the previous day while we were driving to our next location and most of the time he drew a picture to go with the entry. Some days it was like pulling teeth to get him to write, but in the end I think he enjoyed having it to look back on.
When we got home he re-copied the entries and then I put them into a book for him. I scanned all of his writing and drawings, added photos from each day and then had it printed. He was so happy when I gave it to him and it will be a wonderful way for him to remember our trip. I plan to do something like this for the boys on most of our big trips. Any time they invest lots of time keeping a journal for a vacation I will be happy to turn it into a book for them.
This is something you can do for any journal project your children complete. I think it makes them feel more accomplished to see their work in a bound book and will make them happier to work on it next time.
There are many photo book/digital scrapbook companies on the web. I happened to use Mixbook, because I use them for all of our family scrapbooks.
Have any of your kids kept a travel journal before? Have you put it together in a bound book for them?
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This was also published on my Girl Power Hour blog, Mommy See.