Five Authentic Writing Activities for Children

The following post is from Angie of Many Little Blessings:

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source: Erin Kohlenberg

Writing seems to be one of those subjects with which many homeschooling families struggle. Without knowing a homeschooling family very well, you can often guess that if you ask, “What writing curriculum have you used,” you’ll get a myriad of answers all from the same family. Families often get so caught up in finding the perfect writing curriculum that they forget about all of the wonderful real life writing opportunities that abound.

Here are five authentic writing activities for your children:

Prayer Journal

A prayer journal can include copywork with Bible verses, the child’s own prayers, times when your child has found God working in their lives, or reflections on life and God’s creation. It is best to let your child know ahead of time if this is something that you would like to have shared with you or if it will be personal, especially if they will be writing their own prayers and reflections.

Greeting Cards

Not only a way to work on writing, but this activity can also integrate in some art. For younger children, these greeting cards may be as simple as a picture with a message such as “Happy Birthday!” For older children, challenge them to write messages, verses, or poems on the inside of the cards after decorating the front.

Tutorials and Instructional Guides

This is a perfect writing activity for many reluctant young writers because it can give them the opportunity to write about something that they are passionate about. While your budding musician may wrinkle his nose at the idea of writing a story, he may be happy to write out directions for someone to help them learn how to tune a guitar.

Family Newsletter

This can be a fun way to not only send out information to family and friends about what your family has been doing, but it’s also a perfect opportunity to share some of the work you’re doing in your homeschool as well. Children can write about family events, as well as to share stories, poems, neighborhood news reports, comic strips, an advice column, book or movie reviews, and more.

Emails

While many adults are overwhelmed by a constantly full email inbox, receiving emails can still be a novel experience for children. In fact, it can be so novel that they may excitedly type away to a friend or family member when they might otherwise complain about traditional letter writing. After we set up an email address for one of our sons, I found out that he and my Mom had been regularly exchanging emails. It was a perfect way for him to practice a variety of writing skills, as well as to visit with his Grandma.

What writing activities have been met with the most success at your house?

Angie, a domestically-challenged writer and artist, is a homeschooling mom to three children. She writes about everything that happens in their lives between all the loads of laundry at Many Little Blessings. She is also the founder of The Homeschool Classroom, Catholic Mothers Online, and Just a Tiny Owl.
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