In my experience, getting children to write during the holidays is both fun and easy. December lends itself to imagination, curiosity, delectable delights, and heart-warming stories.
Whether your child enjoys writing narratives, descriptives, or expository assignments, I have a little of each to offer you.
May these ideas not only increase your child's writing skills this month, but make your December merry and bright!
1. Personal Narrative
For younger children, writing a letter to Santa Claus is a perfect narrative assignment. As well, your child can practice learning the five parts of a friendly letter. And, these days children can even email Santa and receive a response in return.
2. Fictional Narrative
Pourquoi (poor-kwa) stories are some of my favorite fictional narratives. These are the stories that answer the question "why"? Why do giraffes have long necks? Why do chipmunks have stripes. In the past, students have created some of the BEST creative writing works using this style of writing. So, this got me thinking. What about a story titled, "How Reindeer Learned to Fly" or "Why Santa Goes Down Chimneys". You may want to consider reading some pourquoi stories first for inspiration and examples.
5. RACK - Random Acts of Christmas Kindness
What would the season be without the spread of some Christmas cheer? Doing acts of kindness generates both good deeds and writing opportunities. Whether your child builds a list of all of the people and deeds he can muster, or he writes cards, letters or stories to give to someone for whom he cares, the joy of giving to others will be experienced.
So, what writing activity will you be doing this month? Do you have another writing idea I should know about? I would love to get to know you and journey alongside you in your homeschooling adventures. Email me at WRITE ON! WEBB.
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Author: Melissa Webb
CA Credentialed Teacher