Like any other nursery, ours keeps learning journals for each child.  As parents we can sign them out as and when to peruse at leisure and see what they’ve been up to.  Always useful when you only get a short handover at the end of the day, when I can never remember what I want to ask.

I took N’s home the other day as I’d not seen it since the last parent’s evening.  They take lots of photos of the children anyway, so any spares not used get left in their drawers for parents to take if wanted, but it’s great to see everything written up and the regular assessments showing specific skills they’re learning with examples.

Obviously nursery don’t see some of the things he does at home, so some of his achievement levels aren’t quite right, although there are other things (like pedalling) which he does all the time at nursery, but at home avoids (having gravel for most of the outdoor space does impact that!).

reading his learning journals

I love looking at the photos, some of them in particular make me chuckle as they’re so typically N.

Learning journal

But N always picks up his journal when it’s at home.  He loves looking at his own pictures too, and he’ll tell me what he’s doing in them.  It’s definitely a good way to get conversation going.  I might have to get the photo albums out for him to flick through.

When I told his key worker about him looking at the journal (and pulling out some of the pages as they’re never that secure as it grows in size), she said he likes looking at it at nursery with her as well.

reading journals

He’s always liked looking at photos of himself and posing in the mirror, so I shouldn’t really be surprised!

Do your children like looking through photo albums and journals? What do they think to photos of themselves?

Do your children like looking through photo albums and journals? What do they think to photos of themselves?

6 Comments

  1. Kate Davis

    B leaves nursery next week and I’ll get to keep her learning journey going back 3.5 years, i think it is 3 ring binders! The latest binder for each child is easily accessible and apparently the children love getting them out, lying on the floor and looking through their own and each other folders.

    We don’t have many photo albums at home (on my list), but I do have a photo book for each child’s first year and B certainly enjoys looking through them and commenting on the pictures. I haven’t tried M with them.

  2. Victoria Welton

    I used to love the journals and write-ups Grace’s nursery used to send home every day. Grace has always loved looking and photos and still does now on a regular basis 🙂 Thanks for linking to PoCoLo x

    • I think I should start getting out older family photos and seeing what he thinks of those. Maybe he’s got it from me, as I love it.

  3. MrsShilts

    I love the concept of a learning journal.. I already ask my parents what my Son has been up to each day (he’s only 6 months old) but it’s important to know. Can’t wait to see what he gets up to at nursery school.. Jumping over from PoCoLo x

    • I think it’s so important, I really miss not knowing what he’s been up to when he’s at my SIL’s as OH picks him up and never asks. A verbal handover’s never quite the same.

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