Year: 2010

14 creative Christmas letters

14 creative Christmas letters

It's December 20th, and I still haven't written my Christmas letter for 2010. But hope springs eternal! If you're in the same boat, you might appreciate a few ideas to inspire you. Creative Christmas Letters 1. Use a newspaper format with major events written as...

Build a strong reading foundation

By Nancy I. Sanders During the important elementary years, your children are developing the ability to read well and learning to form a positive attitude toward reading. You have the amazing privilege of shaping their hearts to embrace reading as a natural and...

How to write a Christmas carol haiku

How to write a Christmas carol haiku

For a holiday twist on the traditional haiku poem, invite your children to use the familiar pattern to write a Christmas carol haiku.

Thankful in so many words

thank · ful  adj. appreciative grateful content beholden indebted cheerful obliged satisfied overwhelmed at peace pleased glad comfortable

English is confusing

English is confusing

Unless I'm typing in my sleep, I'll probably never confuse its with it's or your with you're. I'm pretty handy with a hyphen, and I'm confident that I'm not prone to apostrophe catastrophes. But I'm the first to admit that I don't know all the rules---and I have to...

Make an ABC book

Make an ABC book

Do your older children have a hard time thinking of what to give a younger sibling for a birthday or Christmas gift? Why not encourage them to create a scrapbook-style (or digital) alphabet book for a fun writing project with a real purpose? Make an ABC Book...

NaNoWriMo – Are your pencils sharpened?

IT'S HERE! NaNoWriMo starts TODAY! Short for National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo is an amazing writing event that takes place every November. I love that NaNoWriMo also has a Young Writers Program that's open to children 17 and under. The challenge? Pump out a...

Sentence-building game

Does writing time produce a chorus of moans and groans from your children? Then now's the perfect time to mix it up with a prewriting game! Prewriting exercises provide great writing warm-up opportunities for children (and adults) of all ages. They can inspire ideas,...

Avoiding common usage errors in the English language

Alexis Bonari is joining me today as a guest blogger here at In Our Write Minds. Today, Alexis shares some helpful tips on commonly confused---and misused---words. It’s difficult for any teacher to contradict the overwhelming number of usage errors in everyday...

Same story, different twist

Same story, different twist

When assigning writing to your children, you don’t always have to reinvent the wheel with a brand-new lesson. Sometimes it’s fun to approach a familiar assignment in a fresh new way. For example: Tweaking an existing lesson instruction by adding different elements....

100-word stories

100-word stories

Writing 100-word stories appeals to reluctant writers while encouraging descriptive, concise sentences.