Sunday, June 20

The Brave Butterfly Gratitude Journal Product Review

Several months ago, I wrote a blog post about Abby Cadet... the young author who wrote and published Living in Two Homes Is Tough when she was 9 years old. Since then, she has written a second children's book and has released a series of gratitude journals for children. (Pretty amazing, yes?)  Today's blog post is a product review of one of Abby Cadet's gratitude journals that can be used at home or at school.  Keep reading to learn more!

The Brave Butterfly Gratitude Journal for Kids by Cindy and Abby Cadet #kellysclassroomonline

This is an unpaid review of a Brave Butterfly Gratitude Journal. I was given a promotional journal in exchange for my HONEST review.  To learn more about product reviews, please visit the Authors, Publishers, and Sponsors page.  Disclosure: Affiliate links to Amazon are included in this post.

Publisher's Description

This gratitude journal from the Brave Butterfly Collection is a self-exploration journal designed to focus on being thankful and kind. This guide will help children embrace gratitude and appreciate what they have. Each page is a daily kid-friendly space to think about something you are thankful for, how you felt about your day, who you were kind to, and who was kind to you. When you start each day by writing down something you are thankful for - your family, your home, your favorite teacher - you begin each day on a positive note. Doing it daily will help to develop a habit to focus on the blessings you have. Grab one for a friend to be thankful and kind together as brave butterflies!

🍎 Title: The Brave Butterfly Gratitude Journal for Kids
🍎 Creator: Abby Cadet, age 10
🍎 Publisher: Brave Kid Press
🍎 Date: August 13, 2020
🍎 Pages: 110


The Cover

The first thing that struck me when I opened the package the journal came in was how bright and eye-catching the Brave Butterfly Gratitude Journal's cover is.  Abby chose colors and cover art that would appeal to both boys and girls.  The illustrations on the cover made me excited to see what was on the pages inside!  The cover is made of thick cardstock and has a glossy coating.  If a teacher were to use this journal in the classroom, it'd hold up pretty well in a student's desk or book box.

The Brave Butterfly Gratitude Journal for Kids by Cindy and Abby Cadet #kellysclassroomonline

Inside Pages

There are 110 pages in the Brave Butterfly Gratitude Journal that follow a set pattern.  On the first page, there is an outline drawing of a jar.  Children can write positive words and other self-affirmations in this jar.  On the next five pages... one for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday maybe?... the pages are identical.  Each of those five pages asks children to record:
  • the date
  • how they feel
  • what they are thankful for
  • who they were kind to
  • who was kind to them
  • what they are looking forward to the next day
After these five pages, the pattern starts over with another jar for children to fill in.

The Brave Butterfly Gratitude Journal for Kids by Cindy and Abby Cadet #kellysclassroomonline

Using Gratitude Journals at School

A lot of elementary school teachers like to use journaling as a quiet and reflective way to end the school day.  I can easily see the Brave Butterfly Gratitude Journal being used in a classroom setting like this.  Writing in these journals would give young students a chance to check in with themselves, reflect on the feelings they had throughout the day, and focus on the positive things that have and will happen for them.  Depending on their ages and writing abilities, students can respond in words, phrases, sentences, or illustrations.  I think 1st to 3rd grade students would get the most benefit from these journals.

The Brave Butterfly Gratitude Journal for Kids by Cindy and Abby Cadet #kellysclassroomonline

Do your students do journaling at school?  What types of journals do they use?  What are the benefits of giving your students time to reflect and write in their journals?  Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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