Updated: May 25
As we approach the end of the first semester, have you considered giving your child some writing experiences?
At the beginning of the year, I introduced a jotter book to document Big L's short stories. We found inspiration for writing prompts from the Stellar Unit taught in school and his interest.
In this blog post, I would like to share some simple writing prompts for parents of children in Primary One that can be done at home. These prompts can provide great opportunities for your child to practice their writing skills. This post also aims to assist parents who lack guidance on how to support their children's writing skills, while also fostering a sense of enjoyment and enthusiasm for writing among children. Parents whose children will be entering Primary One in 2024 can also find value in this post.
Now, you must be asking why a jotter book?
For several reasons, keeping a jotter exercise book is important for lower primary children. Here are the reasons.
Jotter exercise books provide a designated space for children to record and organize their work. It helps them develop a sense of structure and order, as they learn to write and draw within the defined lines or grids of the book.
Jotter exercise books are designed to encourage regular practice. Children can use them to repeatedly practice writing letters, numbers, words, and sentences. This repetition helps reinforce their learning and improve their handwriting skills.
Jotter exercise books serve as a tangible record of a child's progress over time. Children can see how their writing and drawing skills have improved by flipping through the pages. This visual reinforcement boosts their confidence and motivates them to continue practicing.
It also allows children to explore their creativity and express themselves. They can use the blank spaces to draw pictures, create stories, or write about their experiences. This creative outlet helps foster imagination, language development, and self-confidence.
Here are the writing prompts for our jotter book from January to May 2023.
My first week of school
Write about a friend that I have made in school.
Write about my buddy.
Write about a festival that you have celebrated.
Farm-theme writing prompts
Mrs. Wishy-Washy kept ducks on her farm. Draw and write a story about the ducks on Mrs Wishy-Washy's farm.
Mrs. Wishy-Washy kept pigs in her farm. Draw and write a story about the pigs in Mrs. Wishy-Washy's farm.
Crocodile writing prompts
Write about crocodiles.
Walking through the jungle, I saw.... (write about animals that they have seen.)
Write about my March School holidays.
Write about walking through the garden.
Write about walking through the library.
Introducing how to describe characters in the story.
Introducing how to write information text on animals. We have chosen Lemprey fish, goblin shark, and koalas. This is based on interest writing activity. You can ask your child what is his favorite animal.
Writing for children of this age can be quite challenging. It's important to bear in mind that our objective is to foster their enthusiasm for writing while imparting essential reading skills that enable them to comprehend informational texts.
You can use some of these writing prompts to kick start writing short stories during the June School holidays.
Thank you, everyone, and have a wonderful holiday!