School is out and it’s time for some fun in the sun with friends and family! Wait, what about the dreaded “summer slide”? In academics, like sports, kids need to keep practicing their reading, math and especially their writing. This will help retain those skills learned throughout the school year and maybe even continue to improve and excel. Writing, for example, is a technique that needs practice. To take two months off of writing (or reading, or math, etc.) would compromise the great growth that happened during the school year. The reading and math practice seem easy, it’s the writing. How can we help our children with writing during the summer time?
One of the best ways to help kids get started writing in the summer time is to have them start with daily writing prompts. Here is a list to get you started for the week or make up your own. You can find so many writing ideas for kids by doing a quick internet search. Let your child choose the topic that thrills them the most and get writing!
- What’s the most important thing you would like to do this summer?
- What is the funniest thing that you have ever seen
- What is something you love about yourself and why?
- You found a magic wand! What would you do with it?
- This is a list of things I like to do when I can’t watch television or play video games.
Another way to get your child writing this summer is a journal, not to be mistaken for a diary. A journal allows your child to document their day; what they saw, what they learned, who they were with, where they went. If your family is getting away this summer, having a vacation journal to record fun memories is an excellent way to get your kids excited about journaling and will be a great way to look back on summer trips. If you have kids who like to play outside, they may enjoy a nature journal. Have them write down what they have discovered in the backyard or on a hike. They may also enjoy taping different types of leaves or natural elements inside the journal. To make their journaling even more fun, there are a ton of free journal templates online for the kids to decorate and really make the journal their own!
Some other exciting ways to get kiddos writing this summer is to have them create their own joke book. This is right up my ten year old son’s alley. The only part I’m not thrilled about is hearing all those jokes once he’s done. Oh brother! They could also create their own comic book. With Marvel and DC comics everywhere you look, it would be fun to have the kids create their own superhero and write about the adventures they have saving the world.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to writing! Jot down ideas throughout the day on topics you think would interest your kiddos and encourage them to do the same thing. Happy summer writing!!