Ye gods, no wonder he's not thrilled with it. What a stupid assignment. And he's SEVEN--if he managed to write "I show them by helping them" in reasonable writing with minimal spelling errors, good for him. Our museum programs were aimed at the third and fourth grade state curriculum, so that's who we got, and some of the packages of thank-you notes I got...I would have been grounded for a month if I'd brought home writing in third grade with the printing and spelling I've gotten. (And they're still using the giant three-line 'learning to write' paper....) Why is his teacher making him feel inadequate over answers that are appropriate for a seven-year-old? And giving lame, limited topics to boot.
And, yes, the journals are touchy-feely things like, "How do you show your family you love them?" He wrote, "I show them by helping them." When she reviewed his entry, she wrote, "How do you help them?" but it is kind of too late at that point, since the exercise is over.