Writing is an important skill to keep up in the summer. After recovering from a summer illness, my family is jumping back on the learning bandwagon. With an almost first-grader in the house, I have been thinking of fun ways to encourage her to write. Here are a few summer writing activities and ideas for elementary students.
The Word of the Day
Last year, we made a summer word wall with words like sunglasses, waves, beach, and sizzling. You can make a summer word wall and then have your child write a sentence, a paragraph or an entire story based on the word.
A Summer Journal
Buy your child a journal especially for summer writing. The child can decorate the journal with markers or pictures. You can have a “journal writing time” everyday. Better yet, make it a family journal writing time.
Writing Book Reviews
My daughter is hooked on the Never Girls by Kiki Thorpe. In two weeks, we have torn through four of the chapter books from the series. We are also doing a library program where the kids write reviews on the books they are reading. Library program or not, it’s a good idea to have your child write a few sentences about why they liked the book (or not).
My kids enjoy using sidewalk chalk. We have used it to draw, do math (as I wrote about here) and play tic tac toe. Chalk is a great medium for writing poems or descriptive sentences. If it’s too hot outside, give your child some washable markers in a rainbow of colors and have them describe something colorful like a fruit salad or a multicolored flowers.
Summer Writing Prompts
These prompts range from simple lists, to stories, to nonfiction. When your child is stumped for a writing idea, use one of these prompts for a spark.
- _____ went to the ice cream shop. Inside, she/he ordered…..
- The ten best things about summer are……
- ____ looked at the thermometer outside. It was 110 degrees. What could she do on such a hot day?
- Do some research to find out about record breaking temperatures in your state/country/world.
Using construction paper, cut out the shape of a bucket, flip flop, sun and other summer-themed objects. You can use templates or clip art to help you. Then, have your child write about a fun summer activity on the shape.
These summer writing activities will help your child write all summer long.
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