Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 38 seconds. Contains 329 words
Primary Reading Audience: Classroom teachers and literacy coaches
Why It Matters: A common question at this time of year is a welcome one! How can we encourage children’s writing lives over the summer?
Ideas to Try: Here are a few ideas to share.
1. Start a family routine that involves writing. My daughters initially resisted the idea of writing for five to ten minutes before leaving the dinner table, but gradually it became a ritual. We lived with my father who had increasing dementia, and even he participated. We all had writing journals, we wrote about something from the day– no rules– and we shared. This practice shines a light on the value of writing for building relationships.
2. Have children research and report out on planned or possible summer adventures. Even young writers are able to create persuasive pieces about why summer vacation should include certain experiences. Set children up with some information about a place and challenge them to educate and convince other family members about why they should go there. Multi-media presentations welcome!
3. Tap into the power of competition. Even during the summer, there are some writing competitions that are available to young writers. Here are a few with summer deadlines:
- Anti-bullying book contest: Deadline is July 15.
- Ocean Awareness Contest– Deadline is June 15.
- Tadpole Press 100-word Contest– Deadline in November, but submissions are open soon, if not now.
- The Betty Award– Deadline is in October, but submissions are open now.
4. Summer is a perfect time for young writers to submit pieces for potential publication. Here are a few sites that welcome submissions:
Go Deeper: For other ideas, check out these posts and podcast:
- End the Year with a Comma: Building Excitement for Summer Writing
- Ideas and Inspirations for Summer Writing
- Some Summer Writing Motivation
- Ready for a Challenge? Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer
Find Inspiration for Summer Writing: A Conversation With a Colleague – Two Writing Teachers Podcast
- Find Inspiration for Summer Writing: A Conversation With a Colleague
- Three Possibilities for Using Chat GPT: A Tip for Tomorrow from Melanie
- Make Mentor Texts Endure: A Tip For Tomorrow From Stacey
- The Tricky Business of Spelling: A Digging Deeper Dialogue
- The Importance of Immersion: A Digging Deeper Dialogue
The Bottom Line: Just as reading is important during the summer, so is writing! Consider accepting the challenge of inspiring writers to keep writing going when school isn’t in session.