We created our own mail center in our schoolroom and play room because my kids love getting the mail. They love to send letters to friends, teachers, and grandparents. They love to send and receive mail. I made some monster post cards to help us practice writing, addressing, and sending mail. Of course, these aren’t post cards for the US Postal Service: they are for our own homemade mail box!
To encourage my children to write more often, I’ve tried to make sure I have a writing center easily accessible to them in our school room (which is also our play room). As we make writing a fun part of our days, my children get handwriting practice as well as practice writing from their own creativity the things they they want to write.Continue Reading
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.
I’ve always had a special space in my heart for Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg because of the memories associated with it. Somehow, my teacher knew how to reach me on my first truly horrible big kid bad day. She helped calm down with a picture book, a new book that had just come in to the library. I think it’s a good reminder how picture books can touch the lives of big kids. Just because we can read chapter books does not mean we need to cut out the picture books!
Not only did this book help me when I first read it, but it also has great writing to learn from. Two Bad Ants is a great example of how a picture book (with illustrations that tell half of the story) can help older students learn to write with creative word choice.