If you find yourself homeschooling a child that is a reluctant writer, worry not-- we are in the same boat! Many times we do our school lessons orally, but being that writing IS important I try to sneak in some fun ways to practice writing skills when possible.
This week's 2nd Grade Blogging Team theme was Journals and so I came up with a journal activity that got my son writing with no complaining! Yay! Our Roll It! and Write! Journal Activity is sure to be a hit with your reluctant writer(s), too!
To set up Roll It and Write! you'll need to print off a blank dice template.
Next, in each square write some kind of writing task. Our tasks were:
- Draw It
- Explain It
- Write 3 Sentences
- Acrostic Poem
- Make a List
- Write words that Rhyme
Use the same journal tasks or come up with your own! Make it adaptable to your student(s)!
With a journal and pencil handy, brainstorm with your child a focus word-- maybe a specific animal, place, activity, person, etc. Next roll the die and write!
The first writing challenge we used the word "boy." My son rolled, "Draw it!" and drew a picture.
My son thought of this more as a game, so he did this activity a few times and wanted me to join in as well. I picked the word, "Griffin" and ended up rolling "Acrostic Poem." Here's what I came up with....
We had so much fun! Going to give our Roll It and Write! Journal Activity a try? If so, come back and tell us how it worked for you!
You might also like our Thankful Journal Prompt for November!
Visit these sites for more journal activities for 2nd graders:
- Apple Writing Prompts and Papers from Sallie Borrink Learning
- Cursive Handwriting Journal from Sugar Aunts
- Heart to Heart Journals from Still Playing School
- Digital Journalling with Kids from Rainy Day Mum
- Fall Themed Reading Journal from Look! We're Learning!
- 30 Free Journal Prompts for September from Life Over C's
- Connecting Science and Writing from Planet Smarty Pants
I'd love for you to follow along so you never
miss out on one of our fun activities we share at School Time Snippets!
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