Advice and How Tos, writing

Writing Resolutions

Are you looking to make writing more fun?

It’s not too late in the year to write resolutions with your kids! It helps them be able to set goals for themselves- and you can incorporate some writing J

For elementary students (or your crafty older kids!) make a fun resolution organizer!

Take a piece of paper, fold it length-wise (like a “hotdog”) and cut out four equal sections on the TOP layer (don’t cut the bottom layer). It’s easiest to cut it in half first, then to cut each for those halves in half to get quarters. Then, on the front where you cut, write the one digit of the year on top of each flap. Now your child is ready to write out his or her resolutions under each flap!

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Need some ideas?

You can give sentence starters to help reluctant writers

This year I will …

I want to …

I can …

I will …

Or you can give general ideas to help them think of how they can improve in different areas of their life (you can choose whether to write out the sentence starter for them, or just tell them depending on their writing skills)

A book I want to read …

Something I want to learn …

I want to stop …

I can be a better friend/sibling by …

At school, I can …

At home I can …

For older students, you can have them do a similar activity, but write it out on a full sheet of paper (they can still decorate it if they’d like J) and have them explain how they’re going to achieve their goals for this year (and to be specific). An example would be:

My goal is to read more books

(Ok, that’s a good goal, but let’s add some more detail to it!)

This year, my goal is to read 15 books. That is a little more than one book a month. In order to accomplish this, I will choose a book at the beginning of each month that I will finish by the end of the month. If it’s a shorter book, that will be the month that I read two books instead. Some books that I will choose are Gulliver’s Travels, A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and Charlotte’s Web. Some of these books I am reading as part of my school, and some I will choose just for fun.

Don’t forget to hang it up somewhere where your child can see it and remember his or her goals for 2018!

How will you have your child write out their goals for this year? How did it turn out? I’d love to hear! Post a picture

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