Do you keep a journal - or wish you could get one started? Literary Mama wants to help.
Three times a month, I'll post a writing prompt. Open a notebook and write for 10 minutes. Don't worry about grammar or punctuation - just write. Then let the writing simmer and your mind wander for awhile.
And who knows? Maybe you'll discover a character for your next short story or a theme for a narrative essay. Or maybe you'll use the idea to create a special holiday card or photo album for someone in your family. However you decide to use your journal entry, I know you'll enjoy re-reading it months--and years--down the road.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"The Birthday Candle" is the story of a candle that doesn't want to be a birthday candle. (He didn't like it when children blew spit on him and licked the frosting off of him.) But when the baker needs a candle for an anniversary cake--an event the candle learns is very special to humans--he walks over to the cake and sits down. ("And no one spat on him or licked the frosting off of him. The End.")
The 300-word story my three children wrote and illustrated doesn't make a lot of sense--the narrative arc is flat and the dialogue silly--but we laugh every time we read it because we remember the morning we spent creating it. At that time, the drawings were hilarious and the family jokes side-splitting.
Grandma and Grandpa thought so too.
Journal Entry: Write and illustrate a story with your child about a household object. Start with "Once upon a time" and prompt your child with "Then what happened?" and "What happened next?" Add your child's drawings and staple it together.