Journals don't have to be about 'What you did at the weekend'! You can use them to explore all sorts of topics. Find out more about journaling for kids. For a book on Journal prompts try this one.
Who are they?
Cut photographs of people from magazines and ask the children to pick two or three of them.
Write about who the people are, what their lives are like, and how they might know each other. It would also be fun to place the pictures of people in a geographic location and ask the children to write about what they are doing there.
A variation on this theme would be to go out to a park or cafe and do some people watching. Pick some people and make quick notes about them - how did they look, what were they wearing. Then write a story about them when you get home.
These are fun to write (remember to let them read lots of comics as research!). There are several online programs for making comic books.
Make an ideas jar
Cut out slips of paper and write a word or two on each - blue/smooth/frosty/loved. Get the children to pick three to five words and make up a story using them.
Design and write an online Blog
It seems to motivate children if their musings are to be read by lots of people. If your children are homeschooled then invite them to join the Homeschooled Kids Carnival.
Write a Movie Review.
Show the children some reviews by movie critics, then watch a movie for them to review. If you are looking for movie ideas, see my page teaching with movies.
Make a bag filled with items you find either on a nature walk or around the house. You could set a theme such as ten blue items, or items that weigh less than a certain amount. Gather the items together and try to weave them all into a story. More details here
Start an Ideas Daybook to keep track of your creative homeschooling ideas.
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