I’m taking some time to go through the Common Core Standards and see ways in which KidWrite activities can still be fun, but also jive with these important benchmarks. As you know, my philosophy is that the more fun with words and writing you can have with your kids, the better. Because of that, I want to create something that makes kids look forward to KidWrite time. (No sense having to chase them down and force them to sit still!) I’ll be posting new activities starting next month. I think I’m coming up with some good things. I hope you will, too. Here are some existing activity posts until then!
For now, I leave you with one of my favorite passages about reading. It articulates the way I want KidWrite-kids to view their ability to read and their love of words.
… I never deliberately learned to read, but somehow I had been wallowing illicitly in the daily papers. In the long hours of church— was it then I learned? I could not remember not being able to read hymns. Now that I was compelled to think about it, reading was something that just came to me, as learning to fasten the seat of my union suit without looking around, or achieving two bows from a snarl of shoelaces. I could not remember when the lines above Atticus’s moving finger separated into words, but I had stared at them all the evenings in my memory, listening to the news of the day, Bills to Be Enacted into Laws, the diaries of Lorenzo Dow— anything Atticus happened to be reading when I crawled into his lap every night. Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
Lee, Harper (2014-07-08). To Kill a Mockingbird (Harperperennial Modern Classics) (p. 23). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.