Family is coming over! The house needs to be cleaned! Is the menu finalized and the shopping completed? Wait. And, I still need to teach my children?!?
Welcome to the homeschooling life! Sure, some moms will say, "We just take the whole week off." But, why? Why not use the natural excitement of an upcoming holiday to inspire more from your child? You can do this!
Thanksgiving can fill a busy schedule to the brim. I understand, but do not despair. There are plenty of independent (and fun!) writing activities your child can do this week.
Here are FIVE quick and easy writing ideas to spark your brain and inspire your young writer:
1. Make a Top 10 List
The topics are endless: top 10 favorite family traditions, top 10 things for which you are most grateful, top 10 best Thanksgiving foods, top 10 famous people I'd invite to our dinner, top 10 games we play at Thanksgiving, top 10 books I like to read in the fall, etc.
2. Pilgrim or Indian
Who would you choose to be? Imagine the life of both people, and give a strong argument convincing your reader why it would have been best to be the person of your choice.
3. Change of Seasons
Thanksgiving and fall go hand-in-hand: cooler weather, fall leaves, and fires ablaze in the fireplace. Imagine if Thanksgiving happened in the spring, summer, or winter instead? What would that look like, and how would things change? Be descriptive and creative as you plan out a Thanksgiving at the beach!?
4. Now and Then (free download below)
Create a Venn Diagram of "Now" and "Then". You know the kind. Think of the two overlapping circles. Where the circles overlap, the "Universal Set", or shared attributes, is created. This is a terrific way to tie in history with writing! Compare and contrast the two time periods and create a two to three paragraph essay.
5. Play with Your Words, Not with Your Food
Create an Acrostic Poem. Use words like Thanksgiving, grateful, or family to make a vertical poem like the one here.
Or, find as many anagrams as you can in all of the Thanksgiving words you can think up. For example: pumpkin - pin, kin, pun, pump, pink, pinup.
Changing things up, adding something new, and having some simple fun can make everyone's attitudes brighter and better. Feeling as if you pulled off the best Thanksgiving while producing some valuable learning experiences just may be added to your list of "Things for Which I am Most Grateful".
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Author: Melissa Webb
CA Credentialed Teacher