Writing Our Family Journal
    Footnotes

    “Writing Our Family Journal,” Ensign, Apr. 1998, 72

    Writing Our Family Journal

    To help our children develop better reading and writing skills, we decided to devote a few minutes to a writing project each week during family home evening. I gave the children snapshots of a past family event and asked them to write whatever they remembered about the event, then read it aloud to the family.

    Often we would pass the photos to a new person the following week and get their perspective of the same event. Not only did we get a different point of view, but by saving the stories we have been able to keep a journal for our personal family history.

    This activity has brought our family closer together as we have shared memories of past times. Now we keep a camera on hand wherever we go, and our family home evenings seem filled with more “family” than ever before.—Donna-Jean Wilson, Alturas, California