Sunday, March 18, 2012

Your students can blog, too!

Blogging should not be for adults only! Of course, children do not need another excuse to use the computer, so their blogging will be in notebooks. In my classroom, I labeled marble notebooks with titles such as, Ouch, Vacations, Pets, etc. and the children can work on their writing by writing about and/or responding to what others have written. We call them our shared journals. For example, in the ouch book, a child can write about a time he/she got hurt. Then, other children can read it and respond to it. It's just like blogging, but not on the computer. The children can choose any shared journal that interests them!

I wrote the one below so my students would have a good example of how to use the shared journals.

 Other topics include vacations, sports, friends, pets, awards, toys and games, school, what's on your mind, and more! I bet your students will never complain about writing in one of these books!

 If you are interested in doing this in your classroom, please go check them out.  And, if you purchase my shared journal labels, please leave me some feedback.  I LOVE feedback.  As a matter of fact, today, when I purchased $15.00 worth of goodies from TpT, I saved $5.00 because of all the positive feedback I have written. That's a BIG savings! 

Here is another example from one of our books. I write in them, too!  My students LOVE when I respond to what they have written. Thanks for looking!


  1. Just wanted you to know that I found your blog today and it is so cute! I am now one of your newest followers!

    Deb at Fabulously First

  2. Thank you for following by blog! I love this "blogging" idea for kids! I've made "ouch" books and "I lost a tooth" books before, but I never really thought about any other ideas.Thank you for sharing this! I'm your newest follower =)

  3. Great blog. I am a new follower.


  4. To introduce my students to the world of blogging, I offer online homework assignments 2 nights per week. I post the assignment on the blog and have them answer in the comment box. Not only does it improve computer skills, but it also reduces paper. The students who take part in the online homework report that they love the activities/games they get to play and that online homework is much more fun than a worksheet. I have the 'comment box' set up so that I can moderate them; it eliminates inappropriate spam being published and helps me prevent students from hurting each others' feelings by posting unkind remarks (unfortunately it has happened). If you want to check it out, here is the link:

  5. Kristin, that is a brilliant idea! Sounds like a good summer project for me! Thanks for taking the time to explain it.

    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  6. Hello! I love your blog and all the great ideas you share! I am especially excited about your message books idea! I LOVE this idea and can't wait to try it with my first graders next year. When do you allow them to "blog" in the books? Is it a part of your regular writing time or is part of stations time? I'm heading over to your TPT store right now to check out your labels!

  7. Hi! Love your blog! Wondering if you could share your "the menu" and Topics to write about pictures?

  8. Nette, thanks for visiting my blog! I always keep my message books out and my students use it as a "I'm done, what can I do now" activity. It's one of those go to activities that are not classified as busy work. That's why I love it so much.

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter


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