Got another new feature here at Everyday Snapshots that I hope you are going to like. I am pairing with my good friend and former teacher, Lisa Healy, to offer a fun writing bingo sheet for every month of the year.
Of course as homeschoolers we have total flexibility with this little tool. Here are some ideas.
- Many of the topics could be used as free-writes, others as opportunities to work with your student learning research skills.
- You can take one project entirely from start to finish ending with a polished product, while others might just warrant a first draft or even just complete the research portion and not even bother with a draft.
- I am a huge believer in scribing for the kid who is younger or great at composition, but lacking in the physical act of writing.
- Make it a community effort between siblings.
- Use it as an opportunity for modeling, by writing with your student and doing partnered writing.
- Feel free to change things up and make an assignment a piece of poetry, a picture book, a puppet show, an oral presentation, or even their very own YouTube news report.
- Find an audience by making a monthly magazine, starting a private blog, or entering a writing contest.
The possibilities are endless — the topics just get your (and hopefully their) writing juices flowing. Have them X off each square when the assignment is complete. Or better yet, provide fun stickers for the squares.
A friend asked what the kids won when they got a bingo. I would recommend ice cream myself.
The January copy is free to download here today. As a special added bonus, I have included a matching reading log so you can track books read or audio books listened to during the month.
There’s room for a dozen books, so print multiple copies for the voracious readers. It’s a handy little language arts mini-kit.
And now, about that email.
There will be a new writing bingo and reading log for every month this year, free to subscribers of my monthly newsletter.
The newsletter will come out a few days before the beginning of each month and include the free downloads, a bit of new content only available in the newsletter, hints about upcoming features, and a small selection of popular posts from the previous month.
You can get your very own copy, including the monthly downloads, by subscribing in the sidebar and choosing the option: Get my monthly newsletter.
This is a new option, so everyone who wants it, even old email subscribers of Everyday Snapshots, will need to go through the sign-up process.
Don’t Miss a Thing
In addition, to be sure you get all the content from Everyday Snapshots (and not just the newsletter highlights) you will also want to sign up for one of our other email options.
You can choose Get posts delivered as they are published, and you will get new content every day that I publish (most days Monday through Friday).
If your email box is feeling kind of full, a new option available is to get a weekly summary of all the posts from the previous week. This is a great way not to miss any content, but also keep your mailbox slimmer.
Do this by selecting the Get a weekly digest of posts option. The weekly digest will be delivered on Saturday mornings.
Long-time Email Subscribers
For those of you who have always been signed up as an email subscriber you have been automatically signed up under the daily option, since this is most like what you were used to under the old subscription service.
If you wish to switch to the weekly digest, please register for it in the sidebar (and the newsletter!) and then shoot me an email at pkbarnhill at gmail dot com. I will be happy to then remove you from the daily list. Do not use the unsubscribe link in your email. That will remove you permanently from all of the lists.
Don’t be confused!
Clear as mud? I thought so. Just be sure to ask any questions in the comment box, and I’ll be happy to confuse you more. 😉