WELCOME TO WRITING WHILE IN QUARANTINE!
When I teach my year round writing camps, I give the SAME writing lesson to students ages 5-11 at the SAME TIME. You, the parent, can do the same at home with your multi-aged children.
Here’s how it works!
Each lesson will have 5 sections.
K-1st Graders should try to write 1 sentence for each section
2nd Graders should try to write 2 sentences for each section
3rd Graders should try to write 3 sentences for each section
4th Graders should try to write 4 sentences for each section
5th Graders should try to write 5 sentences for each section
Students can write with pen.
Tell your children, “You get to write with a pen. Your first draft is your final draft. Don’t worry about mistakes. If you write something you don’t like, simply draw a line through it and keep going. Don’t make a big storm cloud over your mistake.”
Set 30-60 minutes aside for your child/children to complete the lesson.
Encourage your children to ask you how to spell words that they want to use.
It’s okay to tell them how to spell words, especially if they’re high frequency words.
Also, encourage them to write the sounds that they hear in big words or less common words. This might mean that they will misspell the word. That’s okay. Being able to hear separate sounds in words is a very important skill.
Capitalization and Punctuation:
Remind your children to start each sentence with a capital letter and to end each sentence with a period, exclamation point or question mark. Kindly remind your children in places that they forget these.
Guide your children through each section so their story is organized and complete. They are free to write each section using their own words.
In the beginning, when you are first introducing this writing method with your children, I suggest meeting at the kitchen table.
As time goes on, however, and your children grow increasingly confident in writing all 5 sections, allow them to go to separate and special spaces throughout the house.
If you know your children can handle variety and still finish, have them complete their writing outside.
HOMESCHOOL WRITING LESSONS
Each Wednesday while we’re in quarantine, I will add a new lesson below. If you ever have any questions, feel free to subscribe to my FREE newsletter (top right of this page). You’ll receive new ideas regularly and can communicate with me via email there. Keep your kids writing while in quarantine!
LESSON 11: Let’s Get Building! Opinion Writing
Summer time is fast approaching. What better way for kids to spend it than hammering in some nails! Students choose a building project, complete it, then write their opinion about the process!
These super simple building projects are great for ages 4-12 and create a sturdy product that can last them a lifetime! Click on one of the following building projects to find the instructions:
LESSON 10: The African Savanna: Descriptive
The African savanna intrigues and interests almost every student that I work with. There are so many animals in the savanna that kids love, such as lions, elephants, cheetahs, giraffes…As a result, there’s a lot for kids to write about in this descriptive writing prompt!
Have your child add an easy art accent to the border of their writing. Find African animal art accent ideas here!
LESSON 9: Any Animal Axilotl to Z: Non-Fiction
What’s an axolotl? I had no idea until my son told me about one. Talk with your kids. Find out what wonky animal they know of. Then, have them write facts about it to teach you more!
LESSON 8: Exhausted Electronics–Science Fiction
Our electronics are wiped out and want a vacation! This is a great lesson for practicing dialogue and writing Science Fiction
LESSON 7: Gumball Machine–Instructions
LESSON 6: Two Honey Bears: Non-Fiction
This is a great lesson that includes 3 short videos, a non-fiction writing prompt and a taste of honey!
LESSON 5: Diamante Poem: From Here to There
Since diamante poems are short and sweet, have each member of the family write one about him or herself.
LESSON 4: Grumpy Grass–Fictional News Article
Encourage your child to complete a Green Grass Art Accent around the border of his or her writing.
LESSON 3: Spring Time Friendly Letter
Encourage your child to complete an easy Easter Art Accent around the border of his or her writing. Use marker, glitter glue, glitter, stickers, white crayon and watercolor, whatever you have at home!
LESSON 2: Two Favorite Foods-Creative Story
Encourage your child to add an easy art accent around the border of his or her writing. Look what you can do with markers alone!