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Idea Box

 

Give your child a neat box, such as a cigar box or shoebox, and provide materials for your child to make it very special. Gift wrap? Fake fur? Costume jewelry? Pretty contact paper? Whatever would make the box into a point of pride should be made available to your child.

 

Then, in this special box, your child can store ideas for future writing projects:

 

Photographs

Pictures from magazines

Postcards

Small toys

Objects found outside (as long as they aren't alive, like frogs!)

Favorite words

Quotations

Well-written paragraphs from ads or junk mail

Interesting ads clipped from the newspaper

You might give your child a simple spiral notebook dedicated to little stories and essays inspired by these items, and keep it with the box, always at hand.

 

By Susan Darst Williams www.GoBigEd.com Grammar Granny 041 2006

 

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