Here are some ways to encourage your kids to write during the summer.
Send post cards. Everyone loves to receive mail, and post cards are an inexpensive way to stay in touch. Encourage your kids to write post cards to friends and relatives.
Keep a diary. Every day, have your kids write down something they did that day. The next fall, the diary will make their “What I Did Last Summer” essay easier and more interesting.
Have your kids write about special summer activities. Ask them to describe eating ice cream on a hot day. Describe what it feels like to jump into a pool or a lake.
Start a newsletter for your family or neighborhood. Gather news and photos by phone or email. Write up stories, assemble the newsletter, and make copies.
Encourage your kids to make their own books. "Publish" the books by creating covers and stapling them together. These are wonderful gifts for grandparents.
Keep a travel journal. Even if you never leave your hometown, you can plan interesting things to do during the summer. As you visit nearby parks or museums, have your children keep a journal of where you go and what you see.
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