Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
One thing throughout my years of teaching that I have learned about people—including children—is that when they truly learn something, they discover it, experience it, or participate in teaching it. Simply transferring knowledge from one to another doesn’t always result in learning. If I want my morning routine to set my students up to learn, I don’t want them to just transfer knowledge.
I like to have students begin their day by journaling because they must think or create early in the day.
For younger students it can be a one-sentence fill in the blank. “I like to eat________.” This can have so many answers with almost no wrong answer.
As students grow, they could answer a sentence prompt. “What is your favorite food to eat?” Depending on their ability, I require one or two sentences or a paragraph for their answer.
The websites Teachers Pay Teachers (teacherspayteachers.com) or Pinterest (pinterest.com) have great journal prompts.
For older students, I love having a verse for the day. They journal thoughts for a few moments about God’s Word. At this time, I want to be careful not to transfer my thoughts on God’s Word because I want them to discover God’s thoughts. This can be a great process for students developing a daily time with God in His Word.
Journaling can give students opportunity to discover who they are and who God is. What a great way to begin a school day! L