Starting a Daily Montessori Journaling Habit with Your Children: A Mindful Practice

Embarking on the journey of Montessori journaling with your children is not just about documenting daily activities; it's about fostering a deeper connection and promoting mindfulness in their daily lives.

In this guide, we'll explore the traditional uses of a daily journal, define its purpose in a home environment, address privacy concerns, and delve into the benefits of consistent journaling practices.

We use blue and pink lined books with illustration space for our journals.

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pink lined book has larger illustration space and less/smaller lines compared to blue

blue lined book would be suitable for children who have more to express linguistically

Traditional Uses of a Daily Montessori Journal

In Montessori elementary, the daily journal serves various purposes, typically as a work record or presentation log. However, when incorporating journaling into your home environment, its role may evolve to suit your family's needs and preferences.

Defining Your Family's Daily Journal

As a Montessori-inspired homeschooler, I understand the importance of aligning educational practices with the realities of home life. For my family, our daily journal serves as a personal diary—a space to record memorable events, reflections, and learnings.

Respecting Privacy and Independence

When my children are young, I used to co-author journal entries with them. As children grow, they may begin to contribute their own journal entries, with details of their choice.

Establishing trust and respecting their privacy are paramount. In our household, we emphasize that journal entries can remain private if desired, fostering a sense of ownership and autonomy over their thoughts and experiences. To indicate a private journal entry, the child folds the page lengthwise into half.

In fact, in our home, we've made it a rule that no one, including parents, is authorized to read private journal entries without the child's explicit permission. This ensures that children feel safe and empowered in their journaling practice, knowing that they can enforce healthy boundaries around their personal thoughts and reflections. It's essential to create a trusting environment where our child's right to privacy is respected.

The Consistency of Daily Journaling

Consistency is key to cultivating a sustainable journaling habit. By establishing a regular journaling routine—whether in the morning or evening—you provide children with a predictable structure to reflect on their day (or day before)'s experiences.

Allow me to share an encouraging anecdote. At the start of our daily journaling journey, I was the one initiating the work of penning our daily journals. I typically initiate journal writing after breakfast, when our minds are clear and sharp, and the busyness of the day has not set in.

At times, there would be resistance or reluctance, to which I acknowledge their feelings but encourage them to press on in this habit-making journey. The inertia becomes less gradually, it's as though there's some form of muscle memory at work.

After a couple of months, my children would automatically go to the shelf after breakfast, pull out everyone's books (each of us has one), and gather everyone around our common table to get started on it. Habits are so powerful!

This consistent practice not only reinforces the importance of daily journaling but also demonstrates how habits can become ingrained in our daily rhythms, making them familiar, comforting and enjoyable.

Engaging Young Children in Journaling

Even pre-writing toddlers can participate in journaling through drawing and verbal storytelling. When we first started journaling, my firstborn was around two and a half years old and had not shown an interest in writing.

I would begin by sharing what I felt was a highlight of the day's events, encouraging her to draw what she felt about it. The sketches weren't always understandable, but that's perfectly normal because at that age, children were more process than product minded. I would seek her consent to write a brief description accompanying the visual, or a label of the place, in her book.

Over time, as she developed stronger language skills, she began verbally sharing her interpretations, taking over some parts of my narration or adding details from her perspective to my narration. I would transcribe all this rich content.

By seeing me model writing often, my child eventually took interest in writing. I would write in a light pencil, and invite her to trace over with a darker one. A friend suggested writing with a highlighter pen instead, and inviting the child trace with a sharp dark pencil for better contrast.

an early journal entry by my then-toddler with her colorful scrawls depicting a scene we saw in Yellowstone National Park, she had helped to trace over a few words I had written as accompanying text

These days, M5 has reached the developmental age of deciding what highlight(s) of the day she would like her journal to focus on, drawing comprehensible illustrations, phrasing her own thoughts and penning the journal entries (with assistance for spelling words).

Here's an example of a recent journal entry (left page), divided into three events - sourcing host plant leaves for our pet caterpillars in a drizzle, visiting an indoor playground with a long winding tunnel slide, and playing badminton in the evening. M5 had decided on including these three events of our day in her journal entry.

true to our real life experience, it was drizzling. spot the umbrella drawn in the journal entry!

our caterpillars did not survive in the end and this journal would help us retain memories of our journey with them

The Benefits of Montessori Journaling

Montessori journaling offers numerous benefits, from memory retention to emotional processing and creativity expression. Moreover, journaling as a family promotes bonding and shared reflection on past experiences.


Embarking on the journey of Montessori journaling with your children is a mindful practice that cultivates self-awareness, communication skills, and familial connections. By embracing consistency, respecting privacy, and nurturing creativity, you'll create a nurturing environment where journaling becomes a cherished part of daily life.

Mindfulness for children is crucial in today's fast-paced world, where distractions abound and stress levels can run high. Journaling provides a sanctuary for children to pause, reflect, and express themselves authentically. Through this practice, they develop emotional intelligence, resilience, and a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. They would also have these childhood journals to reminisce good old days (in their younger selves' perspectives!)

By prioritizing mindfulness in your family's daily routine, you're equipping your children with invaluable tools for navigating life's challenges with grace and calm.

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Hi! I am Yunnie. I am the newly minted mama to a little baby girl and a mum friend to everyone on this special (and many times scary) journey of motherhood. Also a graduated bride with a penchant for weddings.

Hi! Thank you for taking time to read my blog. I am a stay-home Singaporean mama living in Seattle who is passionate about child-led and open-ended play for children in a conducive home environment.

Discovering Montessori and Reggio has been a life-changer for me. It made me an empathetic and mindful parent who follows my child’s needs and interests in the activities I plan at home. I hope the Montessori-friendly and Reggio inspired baby and toddler activities I share here inspire you too.

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