However, I am happy to report that these two goals did -
1. Charlie learned how to read.
2. Luke did the Journal Jar.
What is the Journal Jar, you ask? An attempt to make writing fun. Luke hates to write, so naturally, this summer I made it one of his ways to earn screen time. (Screen time for Luke is like gold in his world.) It turned out to be a great success and Luke loved pulling writing prompts out of the jar to see what he would be writing about each morning.
For example, here is one of Luke's final journal entries before school started. The question Luke drew was -
"What would you do if you could stay up all night?"
Luke's answer was -
"If I stayed up all night I will get lucky, why? I get to sleep in. Then, I will also get to watch t.v."
HOW TO MAKE A JOURNAL JAR (Grades K-3)
You will need:
A Large Empty Jar
1. Click here to print out my Printable Journal Jar Writing Prompts.
2. Cut along the lines, so that each writing prompt is on it's own slip of paper.
3. Fold the slips of paper in half and place them in the jar.
To Use the Journal Jar:
The child draws a writing prompt out of the jar and writes at least 3 or 4 sentences about the question or subject. My printable contains enough for 30 days. After that you can either reuse them or make your own.