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What Should A Child Write About Over the Summer?

Annie tackled a question many parents ask teachers at the end of the school year yesterday on her blog.  Here’s an excerpt of her post, which she has authorized me to reprint in this forum:

Parents often ask me what they can do to make sure their children continue writing over the summer. Some children will be motivated to keep journals over the summer. If they are not, don’t worry about it. Children spend summers living the most important writing lesson of all: “Writers can’t just write about life, they have to live it, too.” The authors they read or have read to them will be their writing teachers. Summer is the time to learn this: the life we live is the story we have to tell. Live it and love it. Together.

Click here to read Annie’s entire post on her classroom blog.

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

One thought on “What Should A Child Write About Over the Summer? Leave a comment

  1. I give each child a blank notebook and they fill it over the summer with artwork, memories, photos. It’s a great way for them to keep the creative process going and I can keep them writing without making it seem like “homework.”


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