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Keeping journals is a great way to keep creative writing ideas alive! It is also excellent fodder for some other assignments. As just one example, if the student's journal entry is as simple as "I ate a biscuit and then brushed my teeth but I feel excited today," why not have the student do some math by finding a biscuit recipe to cut the recipe in half or double it?
For another assignment they can write down the ingredients in the toothpaste and search for definitions. That would be a science project. For creative writing, have the child write down what some reasons are that he or she may be feeling excited. Anything that is written into a journal has room for expansion.