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Friday, October 23, 2009

Alphabet and Story Fun

Friday’s Grand Connection Fun
by Mary May Larmoyeux

Would you like to encourage your grandchildren to stretch their imaginations and increase their writing "muscles"?

I was looking at some online articles and read one by Doris Schuchard in the Home Education Magazine that had some great ideas. If you’d like to provide hours of fun for the grands with newspapers and magazines, read on.

Doris suggested:

ABCs—Give each child a page from a newspaper or magazine. Assign them an alphabet letter and see how many words they can circle starting with that letter within a minute. Variation: Can he find a word for each letter of the alphabet?

Pops and I can use this idea with our grands who are just 3 and 4. Although they really don’t know how to spell, they could circle individual letters or highlight each letter of the alphabet.

End ItGive your child a short newspaper or magazine story, but cut off the ending. Have her write her own ending and then compare it to the real one. Variations: Give her endings from three different stories; can she choose the correct one? 2. Match headlines with the correct stories.

Although our small grandkids won’t be able to write endings to articles and stories, Pops or I could read them an article about something that would interest them (such as a story about an animal) and let them tell us the ending.

Older grands could stretch their imaginations as they write their own endings to various articles. It might even be fun to ask several grands to write the ending to the same article. Perhaps they could read them to one another if they all live nearby. Maybe long-distance grands could read them over the phone on a group call, or e-mail them to one another.

I don’t know about you, but I need to get a few newspapers and magazines out of the recycling bin—for the grandkids.

Have a great weekend,

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