I am not going to lie...it used to be that every Friday night was movie night at my house but since the pandemic...every night has been movie night. As a result of this, my kids are obsessed with the movie Aladdin so we decided to have an Aladdin themed day.
The trick to getting reluctant writers to write is to:
1) Helping them expand on something they already love
2) Giving them choices
I let my kids know they could pick 4 of the activities on the sheet to earn a middle of the day movie! This was great because they didn't all have to do the same thing and it also gave them some alone time while doing separate tasks. The older girls loved making movie tickets and all the kids loved drawing characters from Aladdin using Kids Art Hub on youtube. Gavin enjoyed colouring in one of the pictures. Merryn and Gavin loved singing along to the soundtrack of the movie and we also played freeze dance to this as well.
While Merryn and Gavin played on imaginary magic carpets in the yard, Nyella decided to plan a story about where she would go on a magic carpet. Remember for reluctant writers doing a visual plan can help with the final writing task.
This turned out to be a wonderful way to spend the morning. Let's see what movie sparks their interest next!
Following a child's interest is the most engaging way to extend on their learning. Here I have posted some every day activities that can draw from various strands across different age groups. Remember each child has different interests so the key to working with your child is to follow their lead and ask the right questions.