Brooklyn is a very visual, hands-on type learner.
That’s why I loved this writing activity for her.
The primary goal of this activity is to teach children how and when to use descriptive words.
I didn’t set up everything exactly like in the book I got the idea from, but the way I did it worked great.
How to set it up:
Write a very simple sentence on one color of index cards (I used pink).
Write several descriptive words on different colored index cards (I used yellow).
At first I just copied the sample sentence and descriptive words from the book. Later I had Brooklyn create her own sentence and descriptive words.
It is important for the descriptive words to be on different colored cards/paper than the sentence.
Brooklyn caught on immediately. With like five seconds of instruction she was off creating sentences.
Within a minute she was asking me to make new cards with new descriptive words without me even asking her to.
After she’d played quite a bit with the bear sentence I asked her to tell me a new sentence to write. Then I asked her to tell me some descriptive words for her new sentence.
I was surprised at how easy it was for her to list off descriptive words. She gets it.
She really enjoyed the activity and has a much better grasp of sentence structure and a very good grasp of descriptive words: what they are and when to use them.
Her sentence was, “The fairy flies in the forest.”
Which changed to, “The fairy flies to a house.”
Which changed to, “The fairy flies in the forest to a house.”
Which changed to, “The fairy flies to a house in the forest.”
Her descriptive words were, “bright, tooth, tinkering, dark, little, big, cold, quickly.”