Fun Summer Learning – Writing
Yes, writing can be fun!
The key is to find a topic that you want to write about and then jump right in. Don’t hesitate, do not pass GO, do not second guess yourself.
Make a list of your children’s interests: sports, video games, television shows, movies, superheroes, toys, etc. Encourage them to get excited about writing about their favourite topic(s).
For example, if Johnny is obsessed with transformers, he could write a review about a certain transformer. He could instructive article explaining how to manipulate the transformer. He could compare this transformer with others in his collection, and so on.
Children often want to share what they know and what they are passionate about.
Writing a blog about one’s interests is a great way to share information. Search for other blogs or sites on the same topic. This will allow you to practise reading skills, too. Connecting with others and following their sites will increase the number of your readers and their participation.
If you are worried about Internet security, ensure that you have the passwords and go online with your children, or monitor them. You can control the comments that come in or read them in advance of your writing time.
Don’t be too pedantic!
You don’t need to correct every spelling or punctuation mistake.
Gently make suggestions. Reword a confusing sentence as you read it, allowing your child to make the change if he or she catches your meaning.
The more your children practise writing, and of course reading other articles, the better they will become. You might even point out a few errors that other authors make that are similar to your child’s errors. The next time he or she is writing, this “correction” might be more obvious.
Of course, all of this is child dependent. If your children have no issue with proofreading and editing, you can go full throttle with doing so.
If you don’t want to blog, you can always start a journal. Part of the fun is searching for a nice book in which to keep a journal. Having said this, any scribbler or even a binder with loose-leaf sheets can serve. You can always decorate the cover yourselves!
Your children can write a journal just like a blog, or they can do a more traditional journal in which daily events, feelings, and thoughts are recorded.
If you want, you could delineate a few daily topics. For example: Write one good thing that happened, one not so good, one new experience, one funny or interesting story, etc.
Of course, you can create cartoons with text, write a short story, even begin a novel if your children are keen. I have met several students who are really challenged with writing; however, given the chance, they get very excited about writing a science fiction story or a fantasy!
Remember – look for that KEY.
Above all, you want to have fun with your creations. The whole goal of learning is to find interesting avenues into new discoveries. That’s not to say there is never any “slogging” to be done, but even that can be fun in the end when you are proud of the final accomplishment.
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