I was so happy to present a parent workshop, “StoryTellers: Creative Writing through Innovative Activities,” in a suburb of Boston last night. The parents were excited to learn how they could incorporate both authentic and creative writing into their everyday lives. I shared some of the writing activities over at Imagination Soup in a guest post last week. Here are a few more ways that you can incorporate writing around your home:
Weekly Family Menu – Ask your child to write the family menu for the week. Feel free to download a Family Menu Template. Allowing your child the opportunity to have part in the weekly meal planning makes him feel a greater responsibility towards the family and it takes one thing off of your plate. Of course, feel free to guide your child based on what you want to make for the week, but have him write the menu.
Pattern Books – Use a favorite pattern book (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Good Night, Gorilla) and have your child repeat the pattern in his/her own book. My daughter repeated the pattern of Brown Bear, Brown Bear in her own book below.
(Pink fish, pink fish, what do you see? I see a purple shark looking at me!)
(Purple shark, purple shark what do you see? I see an orange guppy looking at me!)
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