When I thought about a persuasive mentor text, my first thought was to go with The Pigeon, Mo Willems’ crabby bird who demands things. I almost dismissed this Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus writing idea because I thought my kids will probably think it is childish, but went I with it anyway. I’m so glad I did! It was so silly that they completely enjoyed it. Mo Willems’ pigeon was was the perfect character for a persuasive writing lesson. You’d think there was a young audience for the book. Revisiting Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! with older kids allowed them to practice writing on a subject that was very humorous!
I don’t always believe that writing prompts that come out of nowhere can always help our kids gain stronger writing skills. But, I do believe that high interest books can prompt kids to want to write! I’ve frequently written about books and the writing prompts I’ve given as a homeschool mom and co-op teacher. Here are the things I’ve written about on my blog. Many of these ideas have printables included. Others simply discuss great books and how writers can learn from a concept therein.
Parents choose to homeschool for many different reasons. In my case, I feel that by bringing my son home he has a better environment for learning, better individualized instruction to meet his needs, more opportunity to develop a love of learning, and a greater outlet for socialization.
To say it or even to try to count it, 1000 is a large number. To think of reading 1000 books is overwhelming. How does one actually track reading 1000 books before kindergarten? You can track the books digitally or on paper. The good news is I have made a 1000 books tracking sheet for you to use.