Help Your Child Learn, Grow, and Blossom Through Reflection! Blog + Activity

Practicing Reflection with Children Through Journaling and Drawing

It’s been a long year since the pandemic changed our ways of life, but one group affected the most by these changes has been children. From experiencing emotions and digesting information they may have never had to before to embracing virtual schooling, their entire lives have been upended in a way that they

might not have the capacity to describe or make sense of. It’s understandable, and certainly expected, for children to need a way to better express and acknowledge what they’re feeling.

The practice of reflection in children can have many benefits, and not just during a global pandemic. According to Colorado State University, the act of reflection—no matter the form it may take—can take experiences and turn them into an opportunity for genuine learning. As children navigate the pandemic and the different life we’ll lead once it has passed, the act of reflection can help them learn more about themselves and the ways they’ve been impacted as well.

Here at Blossom Children’s Media Group, we aim to provide children with stories, activities, and tools that they can use to blossom and become the best version of themselves, which is why we’ve compiled this list of prompts that encourage children to write or draw in reflection of everything that has changed, worsened, or improved over the last year—and all the things they’ve accomplished despite all these changes.

Download the corresponding reflection activity by clicking below!

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Prompt #1: Write a story or draw a picture of what your life looked like before. What’s something you miss? What’s something you don’t?

According to Scholastic, journaling and other expressive activities can help children deal with bigger feelings that they might not have experienced or managed before. Taking the step of acknowledging how things were before allows them to take charge of acknowledging how things have changed.

Prompt #2: Now write or draw what your life looks like now. What’s something you dislike about it? What’s something you like?

Adding to prompt #1, this prompt allows children to evaluate where their lives are now and how that makes them feel in an unconstrained way. By asking about something they like and dislike, this gives them the opportunity to think about both the good and the bad of this new world they are navigating.

Prompt #3: What’s something you’ve accomplished during the past year? This can be things like learning to ride a bike, succeeding in school, or learning to play piano.

Despite the way the past year has turned out, there are undoubtedly things your child accomplished during it. This prompt can help them celebrate their accomplishments in a way they might not have been able to depending on what was going on around them. After all, even the smallest accomplishments are bigger because and in spite of the stress and change we’ve all had to endure. This prompt allows your child to take the time to feel proud of themselves—as they should!

Prompt #4: How has this past year made you feel? Happy, sad, mad, something else? Feel free to write what those feelings are and/or draw what they might look like. Be as honest as you’d like. There are no right or wrong answers.

According to the book Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick, when reflection is implemented in the classroom, students become fully engaged and learn to make meaning from experiences. Over the past year, we know parents have had to take on dual roles of parent and teachers, but this exercise is both teacher and researcher approved. It’ll allow your child to engage in reflection and find meaning while living in such a global, life-upending event.