Monthly Archives: October 2015

Ditching the planned assignment

Wide-Open Wednesday rolled around, and I had an assignment all planned. I thought it sounded pretty fun. We’ve been studying ancient Greece, so the kids were going to write about Greece in a labyrinthine form. Pretty creative, huh? So after...

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They’re, there, their

For this Fastidious Friday post, we tackle the use of those tricky homophones they’re, there, and their.   Ah, homophones. This week I overheard the kiddos making up a chant about the circus, no doubt in an attempt to subconsciously...

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Literature with lyricism

Poetry starts early. Or, rather, poetry appreciation starts (should start!) early. Yet it’s one of the most daunting aspects of writing and reading. Let’s face it: Most adults don’t lounge around on the beach reading the latest...

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Quick ‘n easy word search

In this Terrific Tuesday activity, we put a spin on a grade-school classic: the word search.   My kids LOVE word searches, which works out well in the dentist’s office where they can always find an old magazine or two. For some reason...

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Are you prepositionning me?

For this Menial Monday project, we approach the use of prepositions in a competitive manner. A little competition never hurt anyone, except maybe the Roman gladiators. But since in the writing arena we use pencils instead of swords, we’re...

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Sneaking it in

There is nothing wrong with sneaking in a writing assignment wherever you can! A while ago I flipped through a cookbook that advocated sneaking veggies into a child’s diet via brownies and other sugary foods. My initial thought was...

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To possess or not possess

Fastidious Fridays are always a good day for a freebie! They’re also a good day to focus a little more on the mechanics of writing, since we seem to veer into Funland for every other subject. This Friday, we’re talking possessive...

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Trying to spell CHLOROPHYLL

On Thoughtful Thursday, we design some fanciful leaves, then organize our thoughts to write about the seasonal cycle of trees. Sometimes we come across words that the kids try to spell phonetically, and their efforts are so great that I feel...

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Giving voice to pumpkins

For this Wide-Open Wednesday assignment, the kiddos learn about voice by creating and then introducing their pumpkins. Until I had kids, a pumpkin was a pumpkin was a pumpkin. Usually, the cheapest one — often discounted due to severe...

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Welcome to Wordplay Workshop!

Welcome to Wordplay Workshop, where we play with words! Our mission is to help children discover the joy of writing, to encourage proficiency and excellence in the essential elements of written communication… and to have a little fun along...

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