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Studies have shown that having a sense of gratitude increases happiness in adults and children. I wanted my students to realize all of the amazing things they have in their lives, even when it can be difficult to always see the good. I wanted them to develop a sense of gratitude, all the while improving their attitude and character.
My students spend time each day journaling and coloring. I play instrumental music and let them do their thing. This journal for students is full of journaling opportunities, inspirational quotes and song lyrics, as well as artistic/coloring opportunities. It is proving to be a wonderful calming and stress reducing activity with my own students. It is helping them to understand their own self awareness and building a positive growth mindset.
I copied their journals back to back on cardstock, which makes it less likely for markers or watercolor to bleed through. I then bound them together.