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10 Journal Prompts for December

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Tis the season of being busy.  I went out this am to get some minor items and ended up leaving the store before purchasing.  The line at the checkout was too long!  Since Christmas is a time of a lot of running, I am keeping the prompts short and sweet this month.  Enjoy!

  1. What was your favorite Christmas gift you received as a child?  Why?  If you do not celebrate Christmas, choose another holiday or occasion you celebrate.
  2. What is your ideal Christmas meal?  Is it like the one you actually eat?
  3. What is your favorite Christmas ornament?
  4. Do you still send cards for the holidays?  Why or why not.
  5. Are there family members you wish you did not have to associate with on the holidays?  Why or why not.
  6. What is your favorite Christmas candy?
  7. How do you like your hot chocolate or apple cider?
  8. If you could just walk out on your life tomorrow, where would you go?
  9. What is one major thing you want to accomplish next year.
  10. Who do you follow on the internet that no one knows about.  Why do you follow them?
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October Journal Prompts

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  1. What was your favorite Halloween costume that you have worn?
  2. What do you like best about Halloween? Candy? Decor? Explain.
  3. What is your favorite comfort food to have when it gets cold outside?
  4. What colors and shapes do you wish a pumpkin would come in?
  5. The television season starts again in fall.  What show are you looking forward to the most?
  6. Pick two of your favorite podcasts.  Describe them and why you like them.
  7. Write down everything you did in one day.
  8. How would technology have changed your life if certain tech had existed 20+ years ago?  What future tech should be invented and how will it change your life?
  9. What ancient wonder of the world do you wish still existed?
  10. What new way of eating or food do you want to try?  Why?

Happy writing!  Let me know some of your ideas in the comments.

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September Journal Prompts

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Summer is almost over.  Fall is in the air.  Many of us have school or kids in school.  This is also a time to start thinking of the various holidays coming up.  I don’t know about you, but I often consider September the start of the year, not January.  So with that in mind, here are your September Journaling Prompts. Enjoy!

  1. Are you a goal setter?  Do you do resolutions?  What are some goals you wanted to accomplish this year?  How are you doing on them?  Write an entry on the state of your goals.
  2. What was the best thing you did this summer?
  3. What was something this summer you couldn’t do but wanted to?
  4. If you could go back in time, what year of school would you attend?
  5. What was your favorite class in school.  Your least favorite?  What was the most valuable class you have taken?
  6. Write about your journal itself.  What do you use to journal and why?
  7. What season do you wish would last forever?
  8. Fall is starting.  What color of leaf is your favorite?  What color do you wish the trees would turn if you could have any color?
  9. In Danish, the concept of Hygge is considered essential to life.  Hygge can loosely be translated into “cosy.” How do you make your life more cosy?  What would you like to do?
  10. What is your favorite outfit to wear for fall?  Describe it and why you like it.  Include a photo or drawing if you can.

Happy journaling!

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What is Dysgraphia?

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What is dysgraphia?  Dysgraphia is a brain based disorder that effects the writing of those suffering from it.  Dysgraphia effects everything from the way you hold your pen to how you form letters, writing in a straight line, even if you can form your thoughts on paper.

For my own child “E”, dysgraphia primarily showed itself in two ways.  The first way was his handwriting.  My son in kindergarten had rough handwriting.  All the kids do as they are first learning to form letters and make words.  The difference is other children’s writing became more clear as they grew older.  My son’s did not. We would get a summertime tutor to work on his writing style in hopes that it would become better.  It did not.  The second way dysgraphia became and issue was in what my son would write.  For instance, the teacher may have them write about their summer vacation and what they did.  My son would write, “I went to Disney World.  It was in Florida.  It was fun.  I saw Micky Mouse.”  That would be it.  Another child in his class would have wrote about the same vacation, “This summer my family, and I went to see Walt Disney World in Florida.  It was really hot and humid there.  We had a lot of fun going on various rides.  My favorite was the roller coaster.  I also like the parades.  I even got to meet Mickey Mouse and get my picture taken with him.  I had a lot of fun.”  See the difference?

If you were to verbally ask my son about the vacation he could recount it in detail.  He just could not do it with writing.  There are also other symptoms, but these were the two major and most noticeable ones.  We tried for years to get his writing to be better.  It didn’t help.  If only we had known about dysgraphia. Dysgraphia is not a common diagnosis.  Many think the child is lazy, rushing or not trying hard enough.  This is not true.  When a child is diagnosed with dysgraphia they maybe listed as having Specific Learning Disability instead of dysgraphia.  Specific Learning Disability is the psychiatric term used along with the type or nature of disability like writing etc. Dysgraphia is often used as a short hand term for it by parents and teachers.

When a psychiatrist tested our son for dysgraphia, she told us that there was not much we could do to correct it.  Some information online says early intervention can help with learning. In addition to written expression difficulties, people with dysgraphia also have trouble with many of their fine motor skills.  Buttoning shirts,  cutting or opening bottles and jars can be impossible.  For my own child, we have to help him open things.  He cannot twist off a pop/soda cap.  He cannot peel off the anti-tampering cover of a yogurt. Tying shoes is also a problem.  We were also told that he will never be able to take notes.

Fortunately, we were given a list of accommodations and modifications for the school year. One thing we did long ago was to teach our son how to type. He does a really great job at that.  We also got him an ipad to work with in school.  Instead of a paper planner he has everything on his I-pad.  He can also take tests in alternative form, or get extra time.  His teachers also give him hard copies of the notes in class, and other handouts.   My son “E” also has longer assignments broken down into smaller pieces and check-ins a lot with the teacher.

He has many more accommodations.  Please look at Pinterest to see more ideas for a 504 or IEP. Also check online for several dysgraphia resources.

 

 

 

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July Journal Prompts

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It’s July!  To me this is the halfway point in the summer.  June has gone by so quickly.  Will summer ever be long enough?

1.  What book are you reading right now?

2. What is your favorite flower?  If you could make your own flower what would it look like?

3. Name the last five self care items you did.

4. Describe one of your hobbies.  Then tell about a hobby you used to have and one you may like to try.

5. What is something you keep putting off?

6. Describe your favorite film.  Why is it your favorite?

7. Write an important quote.

8. Write down the meals you have for the week.

9. What do you fear?  Name 2 things.

10. What are 3 pet peeves you have?

11. Make a list of things in your house to be repaired.  Make a second list for renovations that need to be done.

 

 

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June Journal Prompts

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  1. List everything that you ate today.
  2. Define a perfect day.
  3. Write 10 things you want to do this summer.
  4. What do you need more of in your life?
  5. What do you do to feel comfortable at home?
  6. If you could have one magic or super power, what would it be?
  7. How do you want people to remember you?
  8. How do you feel when you first wake up? How do you want to feel?
  9. If you could own any pet?  What would it be?
  10. List all the animals you like/love and why.
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May Journal Prompts

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Here’s a list of journal prompts for the month of May.

1. Write about your garden or plants inside and out.

2.How would you like your life to look in five years.

3. List the last five songs you listened to.

4. Who would you like to meet?

5. What do you have a phobia about?

6. Describe a room in your house.

7. What three books would you like to live in and why?

8. What is your favorite tv show or film this year so far?

9. What girl group would you be in if you could be apart of any girl group in music history?

10. What is your favorite form of exercise?