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School Year Journal

Encourage your students who are blind or visually impaired to write using these school journal ideas

My 3rd grade student liked her summer journal activity so much that she asked if we could continue this for the school year. She does not like the writing piece that goes along with the Patterns curriculum we’re using and sometimes it’s ‘work’ to get her to do that part of the lesson.

We’ll continue to use the journal idea for her writing piece pulling in aspects of the Patterns curriculum where we can. The goal is to make writing fun and not a labor-intensive task as they learn braille. We want them to want to write. With that in mind, I will do whatever it takes to get her to write…

I think of a prompt for each day and we read it together on the calendar.  Even these are now from a number of years ago, we are sharing them here as a springboard to help you think of your own ideas that might interest your students.

Editor’s Note:  We have not attached the dates to this accessible version, so that users can get ideas and create their own calendars.


september calendar
September calendar with writing prompts for each day
  • Describe your teacher
  • Making new friends is fun because…
  • How does it feel to be in 3rd grade?
  • Describe your favorite movie.
  • What is something you’d like to learn to do?
  • Three goals I have set for myself are…
  • What’s your favorite iPad app? Why?
  • Learning new things can be fun. Why?
  • What is your favorite day of the week?
  • What is your favorite month of the year? Why?
  • Describe your disability.
  • What is your favorite book? Why?
  • I am happy when…
  • I am frustrated when…
  • I am sad when…
  • I am excited when…
  • I get mad when…
  • What is your idea of a dull evening?
  • What is your favorite song? Why?
  • What’s your favorite holiday? Why?
october calendar
October calendar with writing prompts for each day
december calendar
December calendar with writing prompts for each day
january calendar
January calendar with writing prompts for each day
March calendar with writing prompts for each day
April calendar with writing prompts for each day
May calendar with writing prompts for each day
school year journal collage
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