Summer Writing Tips and Ideas

It may be summer, but that doesn’t mean that all writing has to stop. As a teacher, I wanted desperately for my students to keep writing over the summer so they didn’t loose their skills. I gave them journals, worksheets and even gave them SASE so they could write me over the summer.

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I know parents want their kids to keep up their skills, but often times, they just don’t know where to start.

I’m here to help you. As I’ve said before, you can take the teacher out of the classroom, but that doesn’t usually stop them from teaching!

Summer Writing

These summer writing tips and ideas could work for any school age child. Just adapt it to your needs, whether it be kinder or senior!

1. Start a blog – This is so easy. Blogger is a free platform that they could use to write. Encourage your child to write about whatever they want. If they want to keep an online diary of their summer, they could do that. If they are passionate about baseball, then have them write a blog about baseball. I had a student who had a blog about book reviews. She would review each book she read, and she even signed up for companies that would give her free books in exchange for her review – so cool!

2. Family Journal – I can’t wait to start this one with my kiddos. Each child gets their own journal that they write whatever they want for mom or dad. When they are finished writing, they leave it someplace for you. Then, it’s your turn to write. This is a great activity, not only for writing skills, but for bonding as a family. In my classroom, I had a student who would write to me and then leave the journal in our secret hiding spot (which inevitably was always my desk) and then I would write him back and leave it in a different hiding spot for him. He loved it!

3. Create a scrapbook – Print family pictures and put them in an album. Then, have the kids take turns writing fun captions for the pictures. Make sure to make this something they really enjoy, by making an effort to look at the finished product as a family. This one is sure to get some good laughs.

4. Write a family story – There are a variety of ways you could do this. You could grab a large piece of butcher paper, or just use a composition notebook. Whatever you use, write a story starter on the paper. Then, tag someone to continue the story with a sentence or two. When they are done, someone else adds to it. By the end of the summer, you should have quite the story.

My dad and me, so grateful for his example of good stories!

5. Be verbal storytellers – My dad is a great storyteller. He can make a story out of any old memory. Inviting my friends over for breakfast in high school becomes a grand tale in the mouth of my dad! I think I got my storytelling bug from him. As the parent, show kids how to be good storytellers. Tell stories at the dinner table, in the car, wherever. Then, encourage them to do the same. (I know, you have heard that story SO MANY TIMES, but it probably gets at least a little better with time, right?)

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I wish my daughter were old enough to be doing these fun ideas, but I think she has a few more years.

If you like these ideas, but are struggling to figure out how to implement them in your household, let me know in the comments below and I can give you some tips to get you going!

What do you do to keep the writing going during the summer?

 

 



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19 comments

  1. Ronda Chesser Porter says:

    I love these ideas! My kids are grown; one works or the NSA doing research and writing, the other is majoring in Political journalism. They both have always loved to read and write. Pinning this for inspiration!

    • Beauty for ashes says:

      Wow Ronda, It sounds like you need to give me some tips! Good for you for developing kiddos that have a passion for language arts!

  2. Heather HippyHomesteader says:

    i love the idea of a family journal…we will do that when we go on vacation so the kids can look back on the fun memories!

    • Beauty for ashes says:

      Heather, My husband isn’t a writer, so I am REALLY hoping the kids will get into this idea with me when they get older!

    • Beauty for ashes says:

      Debi, good for you! One thing I learned as a writing teacher was to give the kids a place for their stories to be ‘heard’ whether it be reading them to you at the dinner table, or starting a blog, or sharing them with friends. Whatever it is, it helps them to develop that passion even more!

    • Beauty for ashes says:

      Does he use them, or is it a struggle to get him to write. I had a little of both in all my classes – those kids that LOVED writing and those kids that sat there and stubbornly refused.

  3. mail4rosey says:

    I love the family journal idea. Your kiddos will probably grow up to love reading and writing, and they’ll remember that journal time too, I betcha!

    • Beauty for ashes says:

      I hope they love to read and write as much as me, and that they are as good at math and science as my husband! (I am NOT a math person) J

  4. Heidi Lyn Burke says:

    I’m a writer/homeschooling mom, so when summer comes it is actually a great time for MY writing since I don’t have to help my daughter with school. I think seeing me do it has given my older girl and idea that writing is fun, though she’s only six and can’t do a ton. She draws pictures and dictates stories to me to write beneath them.

    • Beauty for ashes says:

      Heidi, you are so right that watching you write is another thing that helps out kids. When they see our passion, it gets them excited about it too! Good for you, mama!

  5. Susan says:

    Terrific ideas!! Digital natives will practice writing without realizing while doing a blog. I knew a preteen who set up a website circa mid 1990’s…and won a contest with it!

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