Summer is time for playing, having fun, relaxing . . . and yes, for learning too. Summer learning will boost school success in the fall. We just need to make sure that summer learning is relaxed and fun.
Even writing can be lots of fun.
My friend went to visit her grandkids. She took each of the girls a make-your-own scrapbook kit with stickers and cut outs, pages for pictures, pages for drawing and pages for writing.
The three girls, a 1st grader, a 3rd grader, and a 5th grader, sat down at the dining room table with their grandma, their scrapbooks, and the necessary supplies.
Grandma’s role was to encourage creativity and offer help when asked. “Grandma, can I put stickers around the edge of this writing page.” “Sure, why not?” “Grandma, how do you spell summervacation?” “It’s two words. Spell “summer” and then spell “vacation.” Grandma’s job was to say nothing when “vacation” turned out “vakaton.”
Dad came home a couple hours later. Of course, the girls wanted Dad to loook at their scrapbooks and wouldn’t he please print some photos from his computer for them to put in their books.
Two of the three girls said “Daddy, look at what I wrote.” Grandma hadn’t told them to write on the writing pages. She simply gave them the opportunity to write, the freedom to be creative, and the permission to make mistakes.
I don’t have scrapbook kits for your kids, but I do have a dozen fun writing activities and games for your kids this summer. My “How to Improve Writing with Fun Games and Creative Activities” TeleWebcast is tonight, June 28, 2009 at 8 pm Eastern.
Only $9.99 for the TeleWebcast which includes the podcast from last week’s TeleWebcast on having fun with reading over the summer. Both TeleWebcasts include detailed Action Guides with instructions for the activities and games. Sign up now.
Can’t make it? Sign up anyway. You’ll get the replay which you can listen to at your convenience, and you’ll get the Action Guide.
How do you encourage your children’s writing and creativity. Let us know in the comment box below. We love to hear from you.