Calling all parents, summer is the time for fun and relaxation for everyone, esp the kids. However, you don’t want them to lose some of the writing skills that they learned during the school year. Here are some fun things to do to keep their creative juices. flowing.
When I was a kid I remember having a pen pal in France that I kept in contact with for many years, I so enjoyed getting her letters, she understood English. Little did I know that communicating to her in this manner would help to improve my writing skills. One year my students had penpals from all around the world and they loved hearing from them.
Here are some penpal links:
In this age of technology, your children are probably on the computer or their tablet all the time. If this is the case, you can encourage them to write a summer blog about anything that they are interested in. You can help by giving them ideas and proofreading with them. There are many free blog sites that you can use.
Free blogging links:
Looking for some interesting topics, here are a few:
- Going to camp.
- A family camping trip.
- How to do something
- The family pet
- How to play computer games.
- How to make a video game. I’d like to learn that myself, lol
Have the kids get together with friends or siblings to write a play about anything that interests them. It might be about an imaginary adventure they had, a trip they took, a sport they love,etc. After the play is written, they will need to spend some time rehearsing and learning their lines, as well as making costumes, props and scenery. When they’re ready, they can present the play to the family. You can even turn this into a neighborhood event by including the neighborhood kids. What a fun way to spend a summer evening.
Great playwriting link for all grades
We all love a good laugh. How about having your children write jokes and make their own joke book. They will need to decide what type of jokes to write. It could be about current events, games, your pet, yourself. Then you can have comedy night at home with family and or friends.
Here is more information about joke writing.
For those kids who are interested in journalism, a summer newspaper about things happening in the neighborhood would be a great activity. If there are a few children that would like to do this it would work very well. You might have reporters asking questions of neighbors you can trust. Decide what types of articles you’d like, they could be about sports, a trip, a movie or tv show, crafts, comics, pets, etc.
Check out this link about newspaper writing:
That’s it for now. These should be enough ideas to get you started. Have a great summer.