Are you a planner? I am! I love finishing for winter break with everything (or as much as possible!) printed and planned for the first week in January. It helps me really get a little downtime and enjoy the time off. With that in mind we wanted to get our January writing journals out so you can have them ready, too.
If you’re just joining in, you can find all of the previous monthly writing journals sets as well as some tips for using journal prompts with preschoolers, kindergarteners, and first graders over on our writing journal prompts resource page.
The January Journal Set is 69-pages of information and writing prompts with various formats to meet the needs of your students.
There is a quick overview of Writer’s Workshop to help you get started.
There are four Journal Cover Page Options to choose from. Three have images for children to color and one has a blank space so kids can design their own cover illustration.
All of our journal journal prompt sets comes in three formats. For early writers who are still drawing and labeling pictures or experimenting with writing their first sentences, we recommend the unlined version. This way pre-writers can focus on drawing detailed pictures to share their ideas while also experimenting with beginning attempts at labeling.
Once students are able to write a simple sentence we recommend transitioning to the lined version, but some kids are also happy to continue using the unlined version as shown below.
Having both options in one set allows you to differentiate within your classroom for each child’s specific needs. Some kids can get the unlined version while others get the lined version of the same prompt. Each child is covering the same topic but at an appropriate level for their abilities.
For advanced writers we’ve also included an extended page with lines. That way kids can keep writing beyond the main prompt page when they are ready to do so.
We’ve included a wide variety of writing prompts so that children get exposure to different types of writing. There are age-appropriate prompts that give students a chance to explore expository, persuasive, narrative, and descriptive writing. We’ve also included some tables and lists for children to get experience responding in various formats.
THEMES INCLUDED IN THE JANUARY JOURNAL PROMPTS SET
For the January set we included some prompts related to snow, snowflakes and snowmen. After the holidays it can be nice to take a little time away from all the seasonal activities, so we also included some prompts that are not as seasonal or holiday based. Use them in January or whenever the theme best aligns with your curriculum. There are 25 prompts total.
The January set includes:
- 5 Snow Theme Prompts
- 5 Birds Theme Prompts
- 5 Ball Theme Prompts
- 5 Robot Theme Prompts
- 5 General Prompts
WHAT IF YOU ALREADY HAVE JOURNALS TO USE?
No worries! If you already have pre-made journals or journal paper to use , then you can print out the mini prompts we’ve included. Shrink them to the size you need, print, and have kids glue them directly into your existing journals.
Then parents and students will know the topic as they read over journals at a later date.
TRY A WEEK FOR FREE
Want to try out a few writing prompts? Get a whole week of prompt ideas for free! In this 19-page free printable we’ve included 2 journal covers and 5 journal prompts. Each journal prompt is presented in all three formats (without lines, with lines, and label only) that are offered in each monthly journal set.
SAVE MORE WITH THE GROWING BUNDLE
These writing prompt sets will be released monthly in the coming year. As they are added the price of this bundle will go up, but if you have already purchased the current rate you will get access to all future sets as they are added.