Write through the Summer Slide
By: Rachel Lynette of Minds in Bloom
During the school year, writing is a daily activity, but in summer, writing can quickly fall by the wayside. Here are some ideas for keeping writing in your kids’ lives over break to keep their skills sharp:
- Journals are a terrific way to keep kids writing throughout the summer. Some kids will go to town with a blank notebook, but others may need more encouragement. For these kids, consider one of the many guided journals available in bookstores, or this set of Mix and Match Journal pages.
- Many kids enjoy writing letters. The great thing about writing a letter is that you usually get one back. Even with email, there is still something special about getting a letter in the mail.
- Try partner writing with your child. Each of you starts a story. Then trade papers and continue the story. Keep trading until both stories are finished.
- How about writing a book? You can make it simple by simply making covers and binding it yourself with tape or string, or you can use one of the many online publishing options. There is even an Ipad publishing app just for kids. You could even order multiple copies for friends and relatives and have a book signing party!
- Older children and teens may enjoy starting a blog. Blogger is a super easy platform that will allow your child to pick a template and then play around with colors and fonts. Further, if you are worried about internet safety, you can choose to make the blog private and share it with only the people you select.
- Get writing into your daily life. Have your kids write shopping lists, notes on the fridge, ideas for actives etc. Play games that involve writing such as Boggle, and Scattegories.
- For younger children who are still working on letter formation, make it fun. Kids can practice writing letters and words in chalk on the pavement, with water and a paintbrush on a fence or the side of the house, in the sand at the beach, in shaving cream or pudding, or on an Ipad with a drawing program.
- As you encourage your child to write, resist the urge to correct every spelling and grammar mistake. During the summer, you want writing to be fun and ideas to flow freely. Constant correcting will have the opposite effect.
Rachel Lynette has written over 100 nonfiction books for children. She is also the author Minds in Bloom, a blog focused on facilitating creative and critical thinking, and a top seller on Teachers Pay Teachers, where you can find more great teaching resources.
Stay tuned for more creative ideas and tips
for helping kids Sidestep the Summer Slide!