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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Friday, June 24, 2011

Word and Story Fun

Friday’s Grand Connection Fun  
by Mary May Larmoyeux
I was looking at some online articles and read one by Doris Schuchard in the Home Education Magazine ; it had some great ideas. If you’d like to provide hours of fun for the grands with newspapers and magazines, read on. I’ll share a couple of Doris’ tips: 

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 you 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.

Okay, here’s one more of Doris’ ideas:

End It – Give 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? Or, 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.

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

Do you have any other ideas about how we can help our grandkids of all ages not only tell creative stories, but also increase their vocabularies?

Have a great weekend,
Co-author of The Grand Connection: 365 Ways to Connect with Your Grandchild's Heart

© 2008 by Mary May Larmoyeux.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What marvelous ideas. I like the one about ending a story and to write several endings. This stimulates imagination and teaches them to write. Children do have great imaginations. I’ll pass this on to my little ones. Thanks. - Rita