Monday, March 10, 2014

Writing ideas

Writing ideas for reluctant writers

My daughter loves to write.  She writes all day long and on EVERYTHING.  My son though is a very reluctant writer and printer and he avoids it whenever he can.  So I am always looking for creative ways and writing ideas to encourage him to write since we are still working on his pencil grip and fine motor skills.   With the reluctant writers I work with at school I always suggest "tricking" them into writing by giving them activities and assignments that are so fun they don't even realize they are practicing writing.  One of the ways I do this at home is to have my kiddos set the table and write each family members name on a napkin.

Encourage kids to practice writing by printing on napkins

The kids love to do this.  Often I get a little message or drawing on my napkin as well.  This activity not only works on printing but name recognition as well.  I find that when kids are given a reason or a purpose to write they are much more willing to engage in these activities as opposed to giving them printing practice worksheets.

Here are some more writing ideas that encourage kids to write and print:
  • write thank you cards, birthday cards, I love you cards
  • write notes to family members and friends
  • help write the grocery list
  • write important events on the calendar
  • write texts and/or emails to family members
  • make lists of books they've read or like
  • write out their birthday and Christmas wish list
  • help make chore charts
  • make books
  • have kids pretend they are waiters and have them take your order
  • have kids pretend they are doctors and have them write up a report or prescription
  • let them be the score keeper on game night
  • making writing fun by using a variety of multi-sensory materials such as sand, rice, paint, etc..
  • use chalkboards and whiteboards
  • use fancy gel pens, markers, and hi-lighters

Got any fun writing ideas?  What do you do to encourage printing and writing?

Friday, March 7, 2014

Leprechaun tricks

So do you celebrate St. Patrick's day?  We do!  A naughty little leprechaun seems to follow us around causing all kinds of troubles!  I have posted before about our naughty little leprechaun and you can see some of the mischief he got into in my post called But maybe... 

Last year was no different.  We went to bed and everything was normal but when we woke up, we were greeted with all kinds of sneaky tricks!

St. patrick's day fun

In an attempt to entice our sneaky little friend we made the leprechaun some green cookies in hopes that he would behave and be nice to us.  

St. Patrick's day cookies

But he just ate our cookies and made a mess everywhere he went.

Leprechaun tricks

He made green footprints and he stacked green cups on the coffee table.

Leprechaun tricks

He made a pile of green toys in the playroom.

Leprechaun tricks

 He even left green footprints on the toilet, made the toilet water green and made a toilet paper tower!

St. Patrick's day fun

He left us green juice!

Leprechaun tricks

He even created a maze with green yarn.  We couldn't even walk around the living room without having to climb through this obstacle course.

Leprechaun tricks

But once we made it through all the obstacles we found his little pot of gold!  Hopefully he doesn't cause too much mischief this year!!

We also have a naughty leprechaun that comes to my school.  In my St. Patrick's day thematic unit plan you will find ways to engage your students as they get riddles and messages from a leprechaun, build traps, create wanted posters, a class book and much more!

St. Patrick's day lesson plans

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