Thursday, December 27, 2012

Creative "Journal A Day" Activity

I've never been a good journal keeper.  But this is another activity I found on Pinterest that I've been dying to try out.  With the New Year just a few days away, I figure now's a good time to share it, so we can all try it out!

I work at an acute facility, so our patients are only there for a few days.  However, for longer term care, this could be a fun project!
Calendar journaling.....5 minute activity at the beginning or end of class.....

Large Monthly calendar (I got one at Walmart)
Various Art Supplies (Glue, stickers, memorabilia, markers, etc.)

At the end of each day (or week--depending on what works at your facility) have the residents think about the most important thing that happened that day.  Help them come up with some creative way to represent that aspect of their day, and put that in the box for that date.  For example, if they went to a movie, they could glue the movie ticket stub onto that square.  If they got a letter from a friend, they could glue the stamp from the envelope.  Have them write a short (one sentence) description of the event.  Then, as time passes, they will have an amazing record of the year.

The original idea was posted here.

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