We welcome the month of April with pranks and jokes. Some say it originated when the calendar changed from Julian to Gregorian and the beginning of the year was moved to January 1st instead of April 1st. Years later, people who still celebrated according to the Julian New Year in April were teased and pranked by modern calendar observers.
Anywho, all joking aside, there are lots of things to celebrate in April: Easter, poetry, math, libraries, writing. So in order to celebrate properly, I put together a pack of writing prompts with April-related topics that you can download here:
April Writing Prompts
Also, April is National Poetry Month and I found this amazing poetry book that I am so excited to share with you. Dare to Dream…Change the World (aff) used to be available on my Usborne page. I just found it yesterday when I was searching for poetry books. However, it seems to be out of print there now. I found it on Amazon, so that’s the link I am sharing here. I LOVE the format of this book. It features poetry by prestigious poets who are writing about famous people who have changed the lives of many. Some of the subjects include Jonas Salk, Nicholas Cobb, and Steven Spielberg. In addition to poetry about the subjects, you’ll find a brief biological portrait. Dare to Dream became a writing contest for children who entered their own poetry and nonfiction passage about inspirational people. The results of the 2013 and 2014 writing contests were turned into free downloadable eBooks. You can download those here:
2013 Dare to Dream eBook
2014 Dare to Dream eBook
We will be spending a lot of time on poetry this month. Do you include it in your reading or schooling? What poets do your children love?
My son needs practice with his penmanship, and he typically finds long writing assignments frustrating. I’m not sure if his being left-handed has anything to do with it, but I usually give writing assignments in small increments so that he doesn’t get overwhelmed. I’ve also noticed that offering a drawing activity as a follow-up (or even as a lead-in) helps him ease into it.
I have created several writing prompts this year for him. The creative aspect is more enticing to him, as I’m sure it is to most kids – write your own story or write a book report? I was a different kind of child and would have chosen the book report but most of my peers would have selected story-writing every time.
Here are a few of the creative writing prompts I’ve made. Each writing page is followed by a page with space to draw a picture from the story, and each prompt has a keyword box with words that should be creatively included somewhere in the writing. Feel free to share your stories with us!
A Cowboy Story
A Superhero Story
An Undersea Adventure
Need more writing inspiration? Here are some great books to add to your collection:
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So I’ve been working on creating notebooking pages so that I can give my son writing assignments that are short, but allow him to express what he’s learned about the topics we are covering. I can give only one page at a time, or I can pair it with one of the drawing pages. We’ll be completing these and filing them in a 3-ring binder as we progress through the year and ultimately, it will be a chronological notebook beginning with the Age of Exploration.
Here are the first two sets if you are interested in using them with your child:
The Age of Exploration Notebooking pages
The 13 Colonies Notebooking Pages
If you use these, I’d love to see what your children are writing and drawing. Please feel free to share!
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