Lira truly loves her reading journal. Do you know why this makes me happy? Because this time last year, she hated to write. HATED. We would fight. Lots of yelling. Doors slamming. Me crying. Her crying. Bad stuff.
I turned to a lot of veteran homeschoolers and asked for help. What I learned from my conversations with them and with the time that followed with Lira is that writing does not have to happen with only a pencil. We use dry erase boards, sidewalk chalk, shaving cream… you name it.
Obviously, the stress-less fun way of writing helped because now if I do not put her reading journal in her workboxes, she demands it.
So, I am more than happy to oblige. I put the reading journal with one book and a sticky-note with a question on it. Some of the questions I ask are:
- What was your favorite part of the book?
- Who is your favorite character?
- What happened at the end?
- What surprised you the most?
- Was there something silly in the book?
Another thing I like to put in Lira’s workbox is her Leapster. She loves it and I do too because she is learning while having fun!
What have you put in your 2nd grader’s workboxes lately?
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