The holiday break is a great opportunity to relax and unwind. However, it’s important to keep your skills sharp so jumping back into things in the new year can be as seamless as possible. Writing skills is an important thing to have for communication. Being able to clearly express yourself through writing is a skill that will serve you well into the future. Of course, it’s not always easy to keep these skills sharp while on break. Here are our top 5 strategies to encourage writers:
1. Write a holiday letter to a friend or family member. Be sure to use proper sentence structure, spelling and punctuation. If you want, you can draft an email instead.
2. Keep a daily journal with an account of all the activities you’ll get up to during your time off. You can choose to use a journal, or create a blog online.
3. Make your own holiday dinner riddles. As part of the table setting, give each person their own riddle to say out loud. Alternatively, you could write your own jokes.
4. Write your own version of your favorite holiday story or poem and retell it to your friends and family.
5. Have a parent or guardian dictate the instructions for making your favorite holiday treat. Write down the ingredients and directions. Make it easy to follow so one day you can make it on your own.
Need more encouragement? Try out some of our hundreds of language arts worksheets from our FREE CONTENT page.
As a companion piece, check out our past post on Reading Strategies.