Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Prime Time with Kids

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Prime Time with Kids

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IF YOUR FAMILY is going to hit the road together for a weekend or extended summer vacation, include a "Kid's Journal Kit" on your list of travel essentials. Once the kit is assembled for each child, your young travelers can easily keep personal daily records of their impressions of the vacation.

Encourage them to take a break for a few minutes each day and reflect on their experiences away from home. This will help kids develop a sense of "being on the lookout" for new things as they anticipate jotting down the discoveries. They'll also tune in to people around them, noting accents, expressions and foreign words.

Once the travelers return home, encourage them to continue the entries to preserve their memories of the summer of 1994.

To make the kit, first design a journal entry page. Print in block letters along the left margin for topics such as the following, as well as headings you may choose. Leave enough space for jottings.

Date

Location

Today's weather

Something I learned today

Something I tried for the first time (sport, game, food)

Name and address of a new friend I made

What I bought

The best part about today was

When the headings are complete, decorate the borders of the paper if you wish, then photocopy enough pages for each day of your trip. …

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