Here's an excerpt from Daniel's diary. This is something I started him on when he was almost 3.75 yrs old. Of course, his writing at that point was atrocious & it was torture getting him to write just 1 sentence correctly. But I recently looked back on those old diaries, and they were really fun to read through. Daniel enjoyed leafing through them too. Most entries were 1 sentence long, accompanied by a drawing.
These days, Daniel writes about 2-4 sentences and draws a picture that talks about what he wrote about, e.g., for the National Day entry, he drew chinooks (which he is fascinated with) & fireworks. Now that he's older, we will discuss what he wants to write about & then I will spell out the words for him, with him sometimes being able to spell his own words (but rarely). We've also started pasting things into his book, like ticket stubs, cards from Andrew (I will post a pic of this in the next entry) and programme booklets.
Before I gave birth, I was actually a bit worried that post-partum, I'd have less time for the 2 boys. But I am finding that because I am at home 24-7, I actually get to spend more time with them, just in shorter segments. I am now able to have lunch with them everyday, for example, and the after lunch time is when I usually do some reading, writing or counting/math with them. This would not have been possible if I were not at home!
The idea of a diary came about because I am the editor of a local book series titled The Diary of Amos Lee by Adeline Foo. At around the time the first book was published, I thought to myself, "Why not get Daniel into the habit of writing a diary too?" I do hope that when he is older, he will be able to look back and remember all the things that he did as a little kid, with fondness, using these diary entries as his guide. ^__^