Unit 1: Launching the Writing Workshop


Online Games (Websites & Apps):

Games & Activities:

  • Look through pictures in your house (family pictures of even kid magazines). Tell stories about what might be happening in that picture.
  • Give your child household items. Have them sort them into piles based on the first sounds in the object’s name. Then, have them write down that letter.
  • Give your child 4 blank pieces of paper. Ask them to draw a story about their favorite thing that they did this weekend.


  • Have your child draw or write a story about something they did over the summer. Ask them to label as many things in their pictures as they can. Allow them to decorate a cover for the book.
  • Give your child 26 index cards or pieces of papers. Have them draw each letter of the alphabet and then draw a picture to match. Staple/bind it together so they have their own alphabet book!
  • Have your child choose a topic they are an expert in. Ask them to draw and write about that topic.



Games & Activities:

  • Walk around the neighborhood. Point out different signs and have your child tell you what they think the sign might say.
  • Give your child post-its. Have them draw things around the house (and label if they can!). Then have use them as signs around the house.
  • Ask your child to tell you (and then draw or write about!) something fun that they did in:
    • Recess
    • Specials (art/music/dance/P.E./computers/theater)
    • Writing
    • Reading


  • Take (and print) 4 pictures while doing an activity with your child. Then have your child tell the story including who was there, what they did, and where they were. Put the pictures together as a book for your child.
  • Have your child draw or write a story. Then videotape your child acting out or reading your story.
  • Go to the library and borrow books (or research on Kiddle.com) about their favorite topic. Ask them to teach you about their topic.


Play “Froggy Bakes a Cake” (or other books read aloud) on mute:  Ask your child to “tell the story”