Monday, December 23, 2013

Top Writing Activities for After School in 2013

After School Link Up Is On Vacation!

It’s vacation time in schools for many countries around the world, and we are on vacation as well. We will come back with the link up on Monday, January 6 and continue to share fun and educational afterschool activities for kids 5+. In the meantime our team of After school hosts brings you our own top posts of 2013
Reading Spelling Writing
Math Outdoor Fun and Movement Science
Cooking Arts and Crafts Social Studies

Best Posts About Writing With Kids From Your Hosts

1. Anna from The Measured Mom shares great tips about getting kids to love writing.
Getting Kids to Love Writing from The Measured Mom
2. Becky from This Reading Mama and Anna from The Measured Mom partnered together to bring you a fantastic series of simple writing lessons for primary grades.
Simple Writing Lessons from The Reading Mama

3. Erica from What Do We Do All Day suggests ways to practice handwriting by writing fun cards, not worksheets.
Handwriting Practice Without Worksheets from What Do We Do All Day
4. Natalie from Afterschool for Smarty Pants (that’s me!) is also dealing with a reluctant second grade writer who is improving significantly this year. We are journaling through Advent together in our DIY Advent Journal.
An Advent Journal from Afterschool for Smary Pants
5. MaryAnne from Mama Smiles: Joyful Parenting shared her children’s journals. Even her preschool daughter Lily is happy to have her own journal to write.
Journaling for Littles from Mama Smiles
6. I remember worrying about letter reversals when my daughter was younger. Then I saw questions on letter and number reversals so many times in elementary school communities. Stephanie from Boy Mama Teacher Mama shares her personal story and offers games for letter reversals.
Games for Letter Reversal from Boy Mama Teacher Mama
7. Megan from Coffee Cups and Crayons has another game for young writers – Find and Write Letter Scavenger Hunt.
Letter Identification and Handwriting Game from Coffee Cups and Crayons
8. I might have a reluctant writer, but Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational has the reluctant writer. She shared a humorous story with a great printable on how she got him to write – Reluctant Writer’s Story in Four Days.
Story in 4 Days
9. Kim and Amanda from The Educators’ Spin On It use their own teaching experience and samples from their children’s writing to show worried parents out there what kindergarten writing looks like.
What Kindergarten Writing Looks LIke from The Educators Spin On It10. Kelly from Little Wonders’ Days teaches writing through games. She set up a wonderful post office station at home.
Making Family Mailboxes from Little Wonders Days

More Resources

What Will You Do During Your Christmas Break?

I love NOT to plan during Christmas break and use an opportunity to go with the flow. I can say for sure that there will be a lot of reading, board games and building in our house as well as some computer time. What will you do?

2 comments:

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

We are not planning most of our time either - just scheduling time to catch up with family and friends. I think this vacation will fly by!

Ann said...

Many great links here - great series! My daughter likes to write but more so at home than at school and I am so proud that my son is starting to write now too!