Homeschooling: Fun with Writing Sentences

Can’t help it, I’m going to rave about Peggy Kaye’s book again: Games for Writing. I’ve gushed about it at Writer…Interrupted and here at Home-steeped Hope in the past, and yes, here I go again…

What fun we had around the kitchen table this morning, with both girls giggling and saying they absolutely loved this creative writing activity! If you have Peggy’s book, we did the activity on page 107: Mixed Up and Missing, and also the activity on page 113: Strange Sentences.

Mixed Up and Missing

Give everyone their own pencil, paper and scissors. Yes, even you mom/dad. Tell them to compose a silly sentence such as this one:

“My dad bakes cherry popovers in a purple apron.”

(I wrote even longer more complicated ones for my 9 year old…she’s always up for a challenge, and gave me back as good as she got…)

Tell them their sentence is a BIG secret from the other players!

Then each writer cuts out their sentence and snips between each word, creating a “sentence puzzle” for the others to put together. FUN! Especially as so many of the adjectives can be switched, resulting in really hilarious sentences…

Strange Sentences

This game teaches the four W’s of writing a sentence: Who, What, When and Where.

Make five columns on a sheet of paper and label them as follows:

WHO or What/DID WHAT/WHERE/WHEN/PUNCTUATION

Then you and the kids brainstorm six sentences, marking them as 1-6. For example:

  1. My grandpa read a book on the couch yesterday.
  2. A dinosaur lived in a cave thousands of years ago.
  3. My sister hid in a closet today.
  4. A dog chased a cat in the pool last night.
  5. My mom sang a song at church last Sunday.
  6. The soldier snacked on cheetos in the tank at midnight.

Player number 1 rolls the die and it lands on 2. So your subject is the WHO or What of the second sentence: “A dinosaur”.

Player number 2 rolls the die and it lands on 1. So your DID WHAT is: “read a book”.

Player number 3 rolls the die and it lands on 4, so your WHERE is: “in the pool”.

Player number 4 rolls the die, getting a 6: “at midnight” for WHEN.

“A dinosaur read a book in the pool at midnight.”

And so on. Good for many giggles, believe me. My toddler even had fun rolling the die and hearing the silly sentences.

Best of all, it really gets the kids’ thinking creatively and makes writing…fun!

I’m all for that!