The Best Writing Activity for the Summer

Margaret Michel By Margaret Michel, 8th Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2y7fjvnx/
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Students can avoid the "summer slide" with this cool writing project!

A Scrapbook of Learning

A literacy notebook is a great activity that parents can support at home over the school break to keep skills honed for the next school year and hopefully give students "things" to write about. It's like a scrapbook that keeps memories, but it's done in words.

An English teacher's worst nightmare appears in the form of the student who returns from the summer break with the words, "I didn't do anything over the summer. I don't have anything to write about." Summer is here, and the only thing on a kid's mind is fun and games. However, school is always just around the corner lurking and waiting to pounce - why not be ready?

What is it?

It's just a notebook or composition book that kids can document all their summer memories in. It can be as fancy or as simple as it needs to be. It can even be a binder with notebook paper. I have found some really nice notebooks at discount or dollar stores. Then have your child decorate the front cover in any way to create ownership.

Why do it?

As a teacher, I can tell you that it's important to keep students mentally active over the summer. One of the first things I do at the beginning of the year is assess where my students are academically. This is usually done with testing and looking at the testing done just before the summer break. I typically see testing scores lower at the beginning of the year in relation to the previous spring's scores. Let's face it - kids forget "stuff" over the summer if they don't practice.

Who should do it?

It's a great idea for any school age child. I remember as a child I was always writing things down to become poems later. You can involve the whole family too. An adult could take pictures to be used as a springboard for a writing piece or to remind your child of an event.

How?

Just do it. Write. Reflect. There is no wrong or right thing to write. It's about feelings, activities, memories, people, observations, or even dreams. The notebook will become a storehouse of information about the summer. It can even be a complain book. Maybe at the end of the summer you can encourage your child to pick a piece for sharing with the family.

When and Where?

Every day is a good day to write, even if it's just a summary of the day's events, so encourage your child to take it everywhere. Great times to write are soon after an experience like in the car on the way home, or even on the way to an activity. It will also help keep away the pesky question, "Are we there yet?"


It is important for students to keep reading and writing over the summer. This one activity can keep the brain sharp and ready for new knowledge and reinforce good memories. It will be a reminder of the summer's activities for years to come and give your child lots to write about the next time a teacher asks, "What did you do over summer vacation?"

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Journals, Students, Summer, Teaching, Writing

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author avatar Margaret Michel
Margaret Michel writes poetry and articles about life and the human experience. She's an English teacher, wife, mother, grandmother, and lives with 5 cats and a dog and loves football.

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author avatar Retired
8th Jul 2014 (#)

What a great idea! I kept blank books into which I wrote everything for 35 years, having as many filled blank books as that sitting on my shelf. I gave a blank book to a young relative (age 13) to write in. That was the last observation or mention of that gift. So, good idea as a gift, but also follow up and ask about it. Great article here, Margaret!

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author avatar Utah Jay
8th Jul 2014 (#)

I'm going to suggest this to my grandchildren, Thanks.

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author avatar Retired
8th Jul 2014 (#)

Love this, Margaret! Fun and educational.

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author avatar snerfu
9th Jul 2014 (#)

That is exactly what I do. I have scraps of paper with lots of random ideas...it serves as an inspiration for my articles. Great way to go Ms Michel.

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author avatar Bill Harbin Jr
11th Jul 2014 (#)

Great ideas here. My wife teaches piano and finds the students who take a few lessons in the summer and practice then do much better than those who do not.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
2nd Aug 2014 (#)

Margaret, I loved this article. Great ideas! This project would be priceless when someone wants to remember memories of fun times.

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author avatar Courtney
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

I still try to write in a notebook every day, especially when I take vacations. It helps me to remember everything. Great idea!

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author avatar Legend
13th Aug 2014 (#)

Good sound advice - always worth writing about things

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author avatar Sherri Granato
14th Aug 2014 (#)

You are so right. I try to write something every single day, but sometimes life get's in the way.

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