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Winter Writing Activities for Children

Winter is a wonderful time to build on your child’s writing skills.  With colder weather, shorter days and kids inside more often, winter is an excellent time to strengthen writing skills before the summer fun hits.

Building writing skills can be fun and easy.   Here are four creative writing activities to help broaden their skills and inspire them to write.  We’ve even included some winter ideas.  Be sure to check on grammatical errors when you are done each activity.

1) How to Build a Snowman:  This writing prompt helps children build brainstorming skills and become more descriptive and imaginative in their writing.   Ask how big the snowman should be or what are the best ways to build it?   Make a list of items you will use to make its face, arms, and clothes. What name will you give it?

2) My Favourite Winter Activity Is:  This writing activity helps children work on building persuasive writing skills.   If your children do not enjoy winter, have them brainstorm ideas why another child might like a winter activity.

3) How is Snow Made – This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to learn research skills around gathering facts and examples to explain their concept or idea.   It also builds on science and geography learning about the weather and water cycle.

4) Make an Acrostic Poem – Start by choosing a winter word like snow and write a poem about it. Start each line with a letter from the word “snow.”

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Are You Attending Reading For The Love Of It?

Reading For The Love Of It

The language conference, Reading For The Love Of It, is coming up later this month and we could not be more excited to attend this annual event.

The conference always includes an impressive line-up of Canadian authors giving both keynotes and workshops. As well as other great presenters in a multitude of workshops for educators teaching in the primary, junior, intermediate or senior divisions. There are even French-specific presentations throughout each day.

Topics at the conference cover the range from reading strategies, to integrating arts and tech, to fostering success for special education students, as well as conversations on how language can be used to teach, start conversations and support refugees, LGBQT, and Indigenous people. There are also workshops around how to support mental wellness in the classroom with breathing tips.

You can see the complete descriptions here. It is recommended you plan on attending 3 sessions/workshops per day.

While at the conference, we suggest you take the time to visit the Exhibitors Display. There you will find storytellers, book publishers, authors, illustrators and more, who are there to show you wonderful resources and want to spend time talking all things language.

Dates: Thursday, February 23rd through Friday, February 24th, 2017

Location: Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto, ON

Educators can expect to walk away from Reading For The Love Of It with strategies and ideas to fuel them through the rest of the year. Perhaps we’ll see you there?

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