Kids spend a lot of time during the school year writing assignments for class. But in the summer, they tend to ignore those academic tasks. Of course you want your child to run and play to enjoy the summer months, but a little writing in the mix can help your child when school starts up this fall. Use these summer writing activities to practice the skills.
Why not combine all of those fun summer activities you’re doing with writing? Buy your child a summer journal to write down all the details of her summer fun. Don’t force her to write in the journal unless she feels like it. Suggest ideas for other things she can paste into the journal, such as tickets to activities you did.
Your child might not see many of her school friends all summer long. On the last day of school, gather the addresses for some of her friends if you don’t already have them. Don’t forget her teacher’s address. Her teacher would probably love receiving a letter from a former student during the summer. Encourage your child to write letters to her friends at different points throughout the summer. Suggest it after your family has done some fun activities so she has something to write about.
Sit down with your child to create some fun summer fiction. Some of the activities you do for summer might give inspiration for the story. Get your child interested in this project by joining in on the writing. Take turns writing a few lines of the story. Don’t forget to draw some pictures to go along with the story. You can staple the pages inside a construction paper cover to make a book.
Use some of those great summer snapshots you took to inspire your child’s writing. Look through the pictures you’ve taken so far this summer. Let her choose one or two of the photos to write about. She can describe what was happening or use the photo as inspiration for a story. Don’t forget to print the photo and keep a copy with the writing so you can always remember what she wrote about.