I remember the first trip I took with my children without my husband. I was terrified. We were driving from our home in Ohio to Virginia Beach, where he was working, to visit. It was an 11 hour drive with a 6, 7 and 9 year old by myself.
Sure, they weren’t babies. And it’s not like I didn’t jump in the vehicle with them and drive hours away on a regular basis- it was just that I’d never left the state with them. What if we broke down, or got a flat tire or ran out of gas?
I finally pushed the fear out of my mind, and as a homeschooling mom, I began to think of how I could make this trip as educational as possible. One way I opted to do that was to encourage my children to keep a journal of our trip. While my daughter really went crazy and kept track of everything, my boys’ were reluctant. They didn’t want to record the best part of the trip, or the cities we passed along the way or even the things we did while in Virginia Beach. But they did. Because I forced them.
When I saw the Inspired Vacation Journal Travel Kit, I thought of those journals that my kids created and how much they would have loved this product that “mom” didn’t make.
The Inspired Vacation Journal is sturdy and colorful with adorable graphics. It also contains writing prompts, blank pages to sketch and 24 activities to keep your child learning and entertained while they record their vacation experience.
The journal is available separately or with a pouch full basic art materials so your child has everything they need to creatively complete their journal.
The kit comes with a handy drawstring bag that doubles as a backpack. This allows your child to store their journal and craft supplies so they’ll be handy when they need them. The bag also serves as a collection keeper- allowing your child to store postcards, brochures, pressed pennies, seashells or anything else that they collect while traveling.
Just for a moment I wished my kids were in kindergarten to 2nd grade all over again. I could visualize each of them with the bag pulled over their shoulders and pillow pets in their arms as they headed to the vehicle so we could visit their daddy. Just for a moment.
Wow—what a great way to inspire young kids to think outside of the box. Summer seems to go by so quickly and next thing you know, you realize that (1) your children haven’t spent enough time continuing their academic momentum and (2) you have missed out on some easy and fun opportunities to capture and remember all the fun and exciting activities you and your family had while school was out. Thanks again for inspiring us to learn and have fun with our children!
I think anything to get kids writing is tremendous! May God bless your pursuit to help our children become better writers!
Every teacher hopes that children will continue learning while on vacation. This fun, engaging journal will inspire all children to write about their travel experiences.
You have been a huge inspiration for us. The boys are journal writing every day about their prior day. Some days are great writing experiences, others are lack luster, but they are writing.
When I was teaching first grade, parents would always ask me for homework if they were going away on vacation. I always told them to just bring their journal and write in it every day… about where they were and what they were doing. I would tell them to take pictures. That was better than any workbook page, and definitely an education in itself. Parents loved the journal writing idea, and the kids loved it, too. They would share their journal and pictures when they got back. We would look on a map and discuss the city/state/country they visited, and I even threw in a little geography lesson, too! The children loved to read their journals and share their vacation memories with the class. So… again I love your idea of The Inspired Pencil!
I wish someone had inspired me to write more as a kid. It took me 40-some years to discover that writing is something I like to do.
This could be something fabulous. I personally would have loved to have had something like this when I was young so I could fill in the memories now with my actual accounts of fun events and travel! I definitely want Lulu to do this!
Summer vacations are coming up quick… Shortly before our trip to Disneyland, I received this Vacation Journal for review from Kabuki Helps. I tucked it away without mentioning it, and brought it along on our trip… It turned out to be pretty fun… You can tell that a lot of thought went into the design of this journal. It is hardback, to provide a sturdy writing surface on laps, but it’s also spiral bound, to lay nice and flat.
While we waited for the bus to the airport, Eli had plenty of time to write. His two favorite things about the journal were the cute monkeys, and the handy back pocket for mementos. Even after we got home, he still had things he wanted to include about the trip.