The maker of a sentence launches out into the infinite and builds a road into Chaos and old Night, and is followed by those who hear him with something of wild, creative delight.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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20 Ways To Sneak Writing Into Your Summer Schedule

Posted by Miss Casey on Jul 1, 2014

The term “writer” conjures up images of a disheveled person hunkered down over a sheet of paper for hours  on end, a mountain of balled-up drafts growing around the garbage can.  Unfortunately, this is also an image that can terrify a young person and can make them resistant to write.  Fortunately, this is not an accurate image,  and with a little guidance, your young person can see that writing takes many forms.  Writing isn’t always a long process.  Writing is the development and communication of an idea, and that can be as quick and easy as you want it to be! Call me the Jessica Seinfeld of writing.  Instead of helping you sneak pureed cauliflower into your child’s ice cream,  I’m helping you sneak writing into their summers.  🙂 I have to do this with my six-year-old son.  He’s not a reluctant writer – he’s  a vehemently oppositional writer.   He just won’t write – UNLESS he doesn’t realize that I’ve given him a writing assignment.  Then he sits and writes blissfully. (Don’t ask why a writing teacher has a struggling writer.  Remember, the cobbler’s children have no shoes.) Here are 20 ideas to help you sneak some writing into your summer days: 1.  Play the “What If?” game.  What if you looked outside and saw a spaceship in your yard?  What if your dog wagged her tail so quickly she took flight?  What if you discovered a new species of insect at the park?  When they answer, you act like that’s the funniest or most amazing thing you’ve ever heard, and tell them you want that written down...

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Summer Writing Kick-Off

Posted by Miss Casey on Jun 12, 2014

It’s summer.  Oh, yes indeedy, it is.  When that last miserable sleet storm dragged itself through (IN MARCH), I seriously considered going as far south as possible before I hit Antarctica or fell off the planet altogether.  When summer came knocking, I opened my door wide and covered it with kisses.  It’s never been more welcome. Summer is a time that’s notoriously free from worries.  But I know you’re still worried, parents.  You’re worried about next school  year.  You’re worried your children’s brains will  become numbed by popsicles and Sponge Bob marathons.  You’re worried they will forget everything they learned this school year and will return to school much dumber than they were when they left for the summer.  I know you’re wondering what you can do to stop the mind-mush.  Let me help. All summer long, I will be posting here on my blog to give you ideas about how to keep your children engaged  in writing activities.  I know you’ll keep them reading, I know you probably have them signed up for science camps, and I know you probably bought them a math workbook.  Great! Writing is a little trickier.  It’s hard to get children to write when they feel like their audience (their teachers who grade them) are not available. I’m here to provide you with some activities, prompts, and projects that will keep them engaged and keep their skills sharp.  I’m also here to provide  you with feedback, so feel free to open a discussion, ask questions, and send me your child’s work to look over! Let’s start with some fun stuff. Here is an...

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