Saturday, December 29, 2012

January 2013 Writing prompts

One of my goals for the remainder of our school year is to encourage writing for Lydia.  She knows how to form letters, so she doesn't need a standard handwriting curriculum.  Our big hold up is reading.  She still has not discovered the joys of I really think she is trying to "not" learn to read.  So besides reading to her and constant trips to the library, I have been trying to come up with ways to "sneak" reading into her daily schedule.

She loves to keep a diary.  Her diary/journal is really a bunch of drawings and she writes words that she does know.  Like cat, her name, her sister's name, etc.  I have tried writing prompts for daily journaling with the boys, but because of their writing issues...I got very frustrated...they got frustrated.  I gave up.  But thinking back, maybe this might work for Lydia.

Come to think of it, the boys really need improvement in their typing.  They both have inactive blogs, so why not give them daily prompts to type in their "journals" or blogs.  This could improve their spelling, sentence structure, etc.....and typing skills.

There are no right or wrong answers with a journal entry.  Whatever their feelings are, that is what they put down.  We can still use their blogs to express their feelings...if they want to keep them private.  We do not have to publish those posts.  Very simple.

For Lydia, my plan is to allow her to use her new One Direction spiral notebooks with the prompts that I came up with.  She will be using regular notebook paper then.  And hopefully this will encourage her letter height also.  She also has her mega sparkly gel pen set to make her entries pretty.  I'll help her with her words.  And eventually this will then help with her punctuation and sentence structure.

I want to share the January prompts that I created to use with our kiddos.  I used a fun events calendar to allow them to think outside the box!!

Sample of the Writing Prompt Page

I am very excited to share this list with you.  Feel free to share this free download.  If you blog about it, don't forget to give credit back to our blog!

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