Hello! I am trying to do journalling with my 4 year old class and I am not sure if I am doing it right OR if I am just too much of a control freak about it. I gave the kids each their own lined maunscript book--the kind with the big pages and dotted middle lines. My original intention was to tell the kids they could "write" or draw about anything they want, then I would go around, ask them about their page, ask them to "write" something that would describe their page and then write the actual words and the date underneath. I thought it would be fun to give to their parents at the end of the school year to see how their letters and drawings improved. Weeeelllll.....that is not how it worked out. They started in the middle of the book and in the 5 mins it took me to grab some supplies for the next activity, half of them had covered most of the book in their pictures. Bummer. And I try to get them to "write" but they won't even try, despite my using some of the great tactics given here for encouraging children to make marks. What am I doing wrong? Do I need to calm down and let them do what they want? Any input appreciated!