Category Archives: Writing

Raising Summer Readers Tip # 51 and #52: Help your kids integrate writing into their summer by encouraging them to author their own books

These two tips, along with Tip #50, should have come much earlier in the summer, so I apologize for their late arrival. Authoring their own books can be such a great summer writing experience because, unlike books that are written during the … Continue reading

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Raising Summer Readers Tip #50: Encourage summer writing by helping kids to create fun handmade blank books

Getting kids excited to author books is one of the best ways to motivate writing. When kids put their writing into book format, they tend to feel like real authors who are proud of what they write and eager to … Continue reading

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Raising Summer Readers Tip #49: Encourage fun and meaningful writing over the summer

Reading and writing go hand-in-hand — developing skills for one will help the other, so kids will benefit if they can find some time for writing. In a few prior posts, I recommended some ways that my kids have done … Continue reading

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Raising Summer Readers Tip #40: Use comics and graphic novels as inspiration for some fun summer writing!

Graphic novels can be a powerful motivator of summer reading, which can be especially helpful for boys and reluctant readers. In Tip #39, I mentioned that the best graphic novels demand many of the same skills that are needed to … Continue reading

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Raising Summer Readers Tip#32: Encourage creativity and writing this summer by inspiring your child to make his/her own board game!

This is a follow-up to Tip #31 that reminded parents to make some time to play board games this summer. In addition to playing board games, children can actually make their own board games, which promotes creativity and writing as well … Continue reading

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Raising Summer Readers Tip #28: Buy a canvas and some paints, find a picturesque place, and paint what you see!

If you’re looking to give your kids a break from your typical summer day in the sun, devote a morning to “painting-a-scene”, a fun way to merge artistic expression and storytelling (See Tip #22 for my simpler travel version of paint-a-scene). All … Continue reading

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Raising Summer Readers Tip #27: Encourage summer writing by authoring books (journals) that document growth or change occurring in your child’s life this summer.

Reading and writing go hand-in-hand — developing skills for one will help the other. Creating books about personal experiences is a great way to incorporate some writing into your kids’ summer. Personal experiences are meaningful to a child; they are also often … Continue reading

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