Month-By-Month Writing

Keep your child’s handwriting, spelling, and communication skills sharp while school’s out. He/She can practice with these month-by-month ideas.


  • Write a thank-you letter to this year’s teacher.
  • List three summer goals. Examples: Read 10 books, learn to swim, keep my room clean.
  • Start a journal about your favorite summer activity (bike, reading, gardening). Add an entry each week.


  • Write a paragraph about how you celebrated Independence Day.
  • In the car, keep a list of all of the state names you see on license plates.
  • Invent a new outdoor game, and write out instructions. For instance, combine jump rope and hopscotch to create “jumpscotch.”


  • Make a guest list and create invitations for a cookout.
  • Send e-mails. Let family and friends know what you are doing each week.
  • Practice writing your full name, address, and telephone number. Label your notebooks and other supplies for the fall.

10 Responses

  1. These are very helpful suggestions, and I’m going to use some of them with a boy I will be tutoring in writing this summer! Thank you.

    Best regards,
    Dedicated Elementary Teacher Overseas (in the Middle East)

  2. Excellent ideas!!

  3. These sound like good ideas. I would show them to my wife, but I think if she even looked at any teaching-related materials right now her head would explode, so, maybe later …

  4. That sounds like some good ideas for school kids. I’m just glad I don’t have any small children to have to worry about their education. Been there, done that.

  5. Great ideas Mere! I am going to pass this on to a few others 🙂

  6. Great ideas! 🙂

  7. Excellent! Thanks Mer!

  8. These are fabulous ideas! Hailey’s a bit young for me to do these with her, but we do spend time doing things on her level every day.

  9. Great ideas! I’m going to try these!

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