Part of the homework assignment that I give my kids during our summer camp at home- is to write a weekly one page journal entry. It can be diary-like, talking about something we had done that week, or it can be a fictional story involving a character that they imagine… to me it isn't so important what they write about- but that they practice writing, reading, and editing their work. It's all part of keeping that “summer slide” at bay!
So to make writing more fun- we've created these cool jeans pocket notebooks that they can use as a kids journal! The pocket can hold their pencils, colored pencils and crayons, so all they need to do is to grab the notebook and head outside to write under the tree!
We purchased new composition notebooks for each child, wide-ruled for the younger set and narrow-ruled for the older kids. We then took a few pairs of old outgrown, holes-in-the-knees jeans (who doesn't have a few of those stuck in a drawer somewhere?) and using sewing scissors, carefully cut the jeans pocket away from the jean. Using craft glue, we glued the the three seamed sides of the cut out pocket onto the front of the notebook, creating the new notebook pocket.
Next, it was time to embellish! Since some of our old jeans were dark denim, and some were lighter colored denim, we cut out each child's first initial from the fabric in the opposite color. We asked the kids for ideas and cut out some fun shapes to reflect their passions….. such as a chess piece and a Magic Treehouse book for my soon-to-be third grader. Next we used some fabric ribbon to decorate the book binding and even the top of the pocket.
Add a pencil or two- and you are all set!
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