- List three wishes you would like to make.
- Get out a piece of paper and divide it into three sections.
- At the top of each section, write one of the wishes.
- Within each section doodle, list words, make outlines or timelines, even stick figure comics that will help you to imagine what it would be like if that wish were to come true.
- Pick just one of the wishes.
- Circle or highlight ideas you want to use.
- Describe in detail what it would be like if that wish were to come true.
- Practice being descriptive—using specific nouns and verbs, using precise adjectives when needed
- Craft a setting and mood in which your description will take shape.
When done, read what you’ve written with your writing partners or share as a comment:
- Consider how easy or difficult it is to envision your partners descriptions.
- Note the use of sensory detail: sight, sound, taste, smell, touch.
- Compliment one another on the vividness of your descriptions.
Get out writing materials.
Ask your preschooler what she would wish for if she could wish for three things.
Divide a piece of paper into thirds and list one of each thing in each section.
Ask the child to tell you a bit about each thing. Allow him the opportunity to draw a picture of each.
Ask: If you could only choose one wish, which one would you want to come true?
Get a new piece of paper and write this wish across the top.
Ask your preschooler to describe what it would be like if this wish were to be granted.
Write down what she says. Ask further questions like:
- What will you do with it?
- What does it look like, sound like, et cetera?
- What happens next?
When you are done, read back what he or she has said, pointing to the words as you say them to reinforce the one to one correspondence between written and spoken word.