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I was just wondering how you come up with your monthly writing assignments if you’re using the bravewriter lifestyle but may not have their resources. Tristan- you seem to often have creative writing projects- where are you getting your ideas? I have a first grader if it helps to know that. 🙂TristanParticipant
Great question Kristina!
I actually own several of the Brave Writer products that include the monthly project ideas. I have Jot it Down, Partnership Writing, and Faltering Ownership. Pinterest is also a great place to go. One suggestion, download the free samples for each of those Brave Writer Projects and look at the table of contents. Use those projects as search ideas in Pinterest. 😉 But I really love how Julie breaks each project down into a month plan for you, so I love having her books. She also offers ideas for options (so, for example, you may have a project for an Animal mini book like a lapbook has ideas to do other topics, or to make an ABC book on your topic, etc.).
What I do is choose one project for the month and adjust it to fit each child’s age. So this month, for example, we’re doing a project from Faltering Ownership (ages 11-12 ish) with my just turned 11, 9, just turned 8, 6, and 4 year old (at his request, he joins in, I never ever require him to participate). We’re making Dust Jacket Book Reports. Basically you make a dust jacket for their favorite book and over the month they design a front cover, spine, back cover reviews, book summary for the inside left cover, and author bio for the inside right cover. All the kids are loving it. I just help according to age. So:
My 4 and 6 year old – I jot down any writing they want on the cover, they illustrate/color.
My just turned 8 year old – I jot down his words on paper, he transfers to the dust jacket as copywork.
My 9 and 11 year old – They write on paper. I edit spelling/punctuation with them (every book has an editor, so this makes sense to them). They copy onto the dust jacket.
Does that help? Feel free to ask any more questions!
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