Fireflies: Print Comm: Play Ball!         

Jun 27, 2012

Print Comm: Play Ball!

Expository writing shares information and informs the reader.  It tells what happened, reports on a subject, explains how to do something and/or describes something.

Ask your child to explain HOW to place baseball.   Depending on the age of your child, have them either dictate their thoughts to you, or write them down themselves.   A favorite "writing" exercise for kindergaten and first grade teachers is to have their students describe how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey.  The results are extremely entertaining, as you can well imagine.  Take the same approach with this exercise.  Ask your child to describe the process of playing baseball and be prepared to ask questions that motivate and result in thoughtful responses.

A side note from my heart...  PLEASE journal if you have small children.   You may think you will remember everything that makes your son/daughter unique as a young child - you won't.   Even though there are many options to capture images and videos today; nothing compares to writing down quotes and documenting family life in a journal.    Why not tuck your child's "Play Ball" dictation in the journal as well - to be enjoyed later!

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