Finally, back to blogging again!
Spring has finally arrived in our corner of Canada, and we’re kind of in sensory overload. The kids were so excited to find lady bugs in the yard, and to splash around in the mud from melted snow. I thought it would be great to turn the impressions of the season into a writing activity, but my kids’ attention spans are particularly short these days. So, I thought of something that would be short and fun for my 9 and 6 year olds: PHOTO BOOKLETS!
This is a fun activity to encourage descriptive writing, sequencing, and poetry. You can vary the activity according to age and preference.
WARNING: Kids ran amuck with my iphone snapping pictures. Yes, it’s a leap of faith.
Step by step process:
1- Hand over the camera. Take a deep breath, or stand over them. Each kids snaps a maximum of 10 photos of most interesting/neat spring scenes.
2- Upload the photos. Copy and paste to Word, so text can be added underneath.
3- Kids can choose to sequence the photos to create a short narrative, or why not simply write short descriptive sentences or rhymes as captions. Use text-boxes under photos in Word.
4- Print booklets. Voila! Kids turned into photographers and authors in under an hour!
5- EDUCATIONAL TIP: Expanding kids’ descriptive words beyond “nice,” “awesome,” and “good” will help them become better writers. Here’s a link to a list of adjectives from MomsWhoThink.com . By no means do you have to drill your kids on the 1,100 adjectives listed, but you can pull out some good ones from there. There’s a short list at the top of the page with “feeling adjectives”, “sound adjectives”, and other categories that are helpful.
Photos could really be of anything your kids find interesting, outdoors or indoors. Try it with favourite toys, stuffed animals, and family members.
Hope your kids find this writing activity to be…a snap!