Two out of my three children were thrilled and just chomping at the bit to get their hands on their new sketchpads and draw in them. Those same two seemed happy enough to pull a writing prompt from the jar and tell me their thoughts.
These two are - you guessed it - the females in the bunch. They also happen to be the youngest, so they dictated what they wanted to say, and I wrote it down for them.
They proceeded to immerse themselves in drawing a picture to go with their writing. Giggly Girl loves to draw detailed pictures, so I knew she would enjoy this. (I had not planned on Sweet Pea, who is three years old, participating in our Daily Diary time, but she really wanted to, so I gave her my sketch pad and let her go for it. I'm so glad I did. This was her first attempt at any type of writing and her first try at drawing flowers, and I think she did a fantastic job!)
Now on to my dear Superman, my firstborn, my only child with a "y" chromosome, who avoids writing instruments like the plague...
Upon receiving his sketchbook he immediately announced that he "hates diary time". I placed the jar with slips of paper in front of him, and this whetted his appetite ever so slightly. He chose a prompt and with much coaxing he wrote his journal entry. About halfway through the process (and after a steep rise in my blood pressure), Superman declared that he "might kind of like writing in his diary". He actually did enjoy spelling out the words on his own with minimal help from me. Until now, any writing he has done has been dictated to me, and I have either written it for him or written it out for him to copy. I applaud him for turning around the attitude, for giving it his all (especially with the spelling), and for turning out a great first entry.
The entire process took about half an hour, which is a worthwhile investment of time, considering the benefits that will be reaped.
Hope you have a great weekend, and thanks for letting me be real. :)