Weekend giveaway: $100 writing package from Gadanke Journals

Gadanke Journals for Kids

This giveaway has ended; thanks for your interest!

Welcome to this weekend’s giveaway, brought to you by Gadanke Journals (Jamie’s note: My kids love these!):

“Looking for a fun way to incorporate writing into your teaching? Need help encouraging your budding (or perhaps reluctant?) writer?

Gadanke’s handmade writing prompt journals for kids help you:

  • build writing skills
  • work on penmanship
  • promote creative thinking
  • make writing fun
  • encourage drawing and illustrating

Each journal includes writing prompts to get little minds going. They range from simple to thoughtful to silly.

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Consider some prompts from the Jump Up kid’s journal:

  • “The world’s most delicious pizza needs to have…”
  • “4 ways I can make the world a better place…”
  • “If I had a tail…”

Gadanke journals have space for drawing plus blank pages for free writing. The easy-open ring closures make it simple to tuck in treasured items, such as pictures, or brochures and maps from field trips.

For moms and daughters searching for a journal to bond with by creating a back-and-forth of meaningful letters to each other, Gadanke offers the My Mom and Me journal.

Each book of eco-friendly papers is handmade in a vintage airplane hangar in rural Montana.”

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You can find all of Gadanke’s great journals (plenty for grown-ups, too!) at Gadanke.com.

One Simple Homeschool reader will win a $100 gift certificate to create your own writing package!

Choose from the wide variety of kid and adult journal choices at Gadanke to inspire a love of writing in your home.

How to Win

This giveaway has ended; thanks for your interest!

To be entered for a chance to win, leave a comment on this post answering this question: “How old are your kids and how do they feel about writing?”

(If you’re reading this via email or reader, you must click here to leave your comment on this post at Simple Homeschool. Comments left elsewhere don’t count as entries.)

For an extra entry, “Like” Gadanke and Simple Homeschool on Facebook. Then leave another comment on this blog post, letting me know you’ve done so.

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Special offer:

Katie from Gadanke is offering free shipping on US orders over $10 through April 4th! Just use the code “SCHOOLING” at checkout.

This giveaway has ended; thanks for your interest!

About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as editor of Simple Homeschool, and blogs about mindful parenting at Steady Mom. Jamie is also the author of two books: Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.


  1. I liked you both! :)

  2. My baby is 10 weeks, so he feels about writing how he feels about everything: booby. 😉

  3. My kids are 8, 6, 3, 2, and 1 week old. My big 2 are avid writers and my little 3 are too busy playing, nursing and sleeping to care about writing, but they love hearing stories :)

  4. Liked you both on fb

  5. Kristen S. says:

    Mine are 11 and 12. My daughter is a natural writer with creative juices always flowing. My son is not a fan of picking up a pen, but does have some very good skills on getting his thoughts down, when he wants to.

  6. 10 years, doesn’t love writing unless its creative, 7 years loves to make menus, lists, and cards, 5 years just now learning to write letters, and 2 years…does drawing on herself, especially her face count? :) I love to journal and we are doing some Notebooking for history and science.
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  7. My children are 5, 8 and almost 10 years old. My youngest is just diving in to reading and writing so she’s excited…my 8 year old could def use some motivation and my 10 year old actually loves to write.

  8. Just liked both on facebook, thanks! :)

  9. My daughter is 7 and mostly enjoys writing :)

  10. My kids are 10 and they love writing! They love writing letters and stories and my daughter loves writing on the tiniest bits of paper.

  11. Have LIKED you both on FB.

  12. Christina says:

    My girls are 7, 5, and 3. The smaller ones are learning to write their letters, but the eldest is not to thrilled about writing, she gets frustrated when the letters and words she wants to say don’t come out write, I most Likely need to change our approach and this program may just get her more enthusiastic about writing!!

  13. Angela Keyes says:

    My kiddos r 7,3 n 9 months
    My 7yr old is a beginner writer but loves to write…
    My 3 yr old he loves to pretend he writes n carriers around his (School) bag everywhere
    My 9 month old well he is more interested in stealing the pencil out of his sister or brothers hand while their trying to write lol

  14. Brook Tree says:

    My kids are 3,7,10,12. The older three are boys. It is hard to get them to write more than the bare minimum.

  15. Angela Keyes says:

    I liked both Gadanke and simple homeschool on Facebook.

  16. Kids are 9,8,8,7,7,&6. My 9&8 year olds enjoy writing. My 7 year olds and 6 year old need encouragement.

  17. Miki Baxter says:

    My daughter is 13 and loves to write. My two sons, ages 11 and 6, are not as interested in writing though I expect that to change some as they mature. They prefer sports. Miki

  18. Sydney dean says:

    I have a very articulate 10 year old who hates to write because it is difficult for her physically. And a 5 year old who has decided writing his name is his “job” which he can make money from. And I liked both places as well!

  19. Miki Baxter says:

    I liked both pages on Facebook!

  20. My children are 7 (almost! 8), 6, and 4. My oldest struggles with writing, because she overthinks the process! I would really like to try the mom/daughter journal with her!! My 6 year old likes writing, but her written vocabulary is very limited. My 4 year old loves to draw and tell stories through pictures…she is just starting to letter together for words in her drawings.

  21. Sheila Clark says:

    Our kiddos are girls, ages 14, 11, 7, and a boy, 4.
    My oldest is mildly interested, my 11 year old loves to write stories, as does my 7 y/o. My son just loves to TELL stories, and I hope he will love to write when he’s a bit older.

  22. Sheila Clark says:

    Liked you both on FB. :-)

  23. rachelle crosby says:

    My children are 22,20,18,14,9, and 6. Writing comes easy for some of them and is a struggle for others. I am working on enjoying writing myself, which may help the struggles.;)

  24. Dawndy Bendet says:

    My children are 7, 5 and 3. My 7 year old daughter loves to write only when it applies to her life going on’s. For example- writing notes back and forth with the neighbor kids or placing a note on my nitestand to tell me she is sad. I would love to try the mother daughter journal with her or the other journals as writing for school is not motivating for her at all!

  25. Carrie H says:

    My kids are 7 & 8. My oldest loves to write she always has book idea and son is happy if he gets finger spacing right.

  26. Dawndy Bendet says:

    I Liked both Facebook Pages as well! Great pages!

  27. Carrie H says:

    Liked both on Facebook. I already follow you!!!

  28. My kids are 8, 5 and 3. The two eldest love to write in their journals more than any copy work or book writing project I give them. They love to go back and reread what they wrote about throughout the year.

  29. Aldora. H says:

    My oldest so about 3 and a half. I’m not sure what she thinks about writing, but she LOVES doodling. I loved it too as a kid, so I encourage it.

  30. Aldora. H says:

    I liked your page on FB. Thanks!

  31. My girls are 7 and 4 years old. They love writing letters to their family and friends. :)

  32. My son is eight and I’ve been looking for creative ways to entice him to write lately. (I usually resort to bribery.) Just ordered a couple of the “Draw Write Now” books you recommended, too. And I “liked” the Gadanke page! Thanks for the fun and creative ideas!

  33. 10, 8, and 4. My older boys don’t love writing, so this might be incredibly helpful. My little girl is learning to write and loves, loves, loves it! Thanks!!

  34. I have a 10 year old daughter & a 7 year old son and neither are big fans of writing. I think it’s because I haven’t found something fun and engaging. I like the idea of the mother-daughter journal & I think they would both get a kick out of the Jump Up journals.

  35. 5 – writing is a chore he feels he has no time for.

  36. My daughters is 9 and she struggles with writing. She likes using story starters if they are fun and engaging, or writing letters to friends, but she struggles with reports, essays, and creative writing otherwise. These journals look amazing!

  37. Jama Harris says:

    6! Really good with beginning writing! Love your journals!

  38. I have to wonderful kiddos, Hailey age 9 and Ethan age 6. Neither of them are big fans of writing. Ethan is on the younger side but Hailey just doesn’t have a love for writing, having struggled with dyslexia she has kind of put up a wall and would rather do something hands on.

  39. Tiffany Scienski says:

    my dd is 8 and my ds is 3. i’m taking the homeschool plunge after my dd finishes this year of public school. my dd is not sure of her writing skills and i have to admit my weakness is in writing. at the moment, my dd frequently gives the blank stare at the blank page, just needing a good prompt and a way for her to visualize and organize her thoughts… i think it’s the little artist in her who would rather tell a story with a drawing. 😉
    wonderful contest. i liked u both on fb.

  40. I have two kiddos, 8 and 10, who both feel “meh” about writing. They’re great about it but school has burned them out a bit. The right journal works for them.

  41. Liked you both on FB.