If your child is missing school or a special teacher, perhaps as part of your homeschooling, you could practice writing a letter to the teacher? Or they could write to grandma if they didn’t get to see her on Mothering Sunday 💗
What could they include? Family news, a bit about how they’re feeling, funny stories, voice their fears/concerns about what’s happening in the world, explain what they miss about school, what they are looking forward to when they return, etc.
This is an English Key Stage 1 activity and will help you child to develop:
Informal writing style, writing narratives about personal experiences and those of others (real and fictional) and writing about real events and composition techniques.
If you’re feeling inspired, your child may wish to post the letter to school (some teachers are still in work).
- Record a letter using voice software and send a digital file to the teacher (this is more about the process than writing a brilliant letter.)
- Use visuals or pictures if your child struggles to hold a pen.
- Cut and paste visuals to tell a story if writing or speech is difficult.
- Why do we write letters?
- Letters as diaries
- How to tell a story to someone else in words?
- Communication through writing is self-expression
- How to check your work
- Planning or saying out loud what they are going to write about
- Writing down ideas and/or key words, including new vocabulary
- Encapsulating what they want to say, sentence by sentence
- Make simple revisions and corrections to their own writing by re-reading to check that their writing makes sense and that verbs to indicate time are used correctly and consistently, including verbs in the continuous form proof-reading to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Have fun and stay locked for more homeschooling ideas!
© Suzy Rowland