Here are my plans for them:
- The first couple of pages are filled with ideas. She’ll go through and create sentences (silly or not) to write in her journal.
- Next we’ll work together to brainstorm ideas for some of the other themed sheets. I made about twenty different themed sheets with topics such as friendship, aliens, pioneers, Thanksgiving, the circus, winter, natural disasters, my birthday, my family, sports, out in nature, and so forth. Again she’ll go on to write sentences (silly or not) in her writing journal.
- Finally, I hope she’ll be able to brainstorm on her own on a few of these sheets and use them to write her own sentences.
- I plan to encourage her to add adjectives and descriptive words to the nouns/subject words.
- I doubt we’ll use all of these sheets (who knows?!) but I wanted a lot of choice to pique her interest.
Once again here is the link to our build-a-sentence pack if you’re interested.
On Wednesday I’ll be sharing the free-writing prompt pack that goes along with this.
NOTE: Later, when my kids were 4 1/2, 7 and 9 we started using a Homeschool Writing Workshop. That model worked really well for us. Here are posts in that series:
Do you want to learn more about starting your own Homeschool Writing Workshop? Find out how and why we started and how that works in our homeschool:
- Creating a Homeschool Writing Workshop – Post #1 — How/Why we needed a change in our writing program
- Creating a Homeschool Writing Workshop – Post #2: Creating a Writing Workshop Area and Materials to Have on Hand
- Creating a Writing Workshop Post #3: This post is about Mini-Lessons during writing time, mentor texts and includes reviews of 8 or 9 writing books that you might find helpful.
- Writing Resource Pack: This is a post about the 30-page pack I made for our writing workshop. Reference pages on the 6 +1 Wri ting Traits, Mini-Lessons, the types of writing, creating a powerful beginning, techniques for ending a story/paper, and so forth. (These writing resources are free to download.)
- Writing Workshop: Dr. Seuss Style: The kids and I had fun writing in the style of Dr. Seuss!
- Biography Research Paper Resource Pack
- Practical Pointers for Working with a Reluctant Writer (or any Writer)
- Writing Activity to Spark Kids’ Imagination!
- 40 Journal Writing Prompts (Free Printable)
- Animal Portfolio Project: writing, art and geography activities that go with any animals… With many activities to choose from. Writing activities include both fiction and non-fiction suggestions such as
- Write a speech or a letter to the president on why your animal needs protection in the wild.
- Menu: Create a humorous menu at a restaurant where your animals would like to eat.
- WWII Portfolio Project
- Writing Workshop Rules! Why the Writing Workshop continues to work so well in our homeschool.
Mini-Lessons to Use in a Writing Workshop:
- What makes a good book or story?
- Make your story come alive with details and description.
- Creating Interesting Characters
- Story Openings: Set the mood or feeling of your story
- Gathering story ideas from your own life
- Alliteration and more