Elijah has been struggling with writing more than a few sentences each day, and I really want to boost his handwriting endurance and confidence.
Today we tried a game, Roll to Write. Idea adapted from Peggy Kaye's Games for Writing book.
To play you need:
- two pencils
- a die (or two)
- some titles (see printable file below)
How to Play:
Randomly select a title (draw one out of a bowl). Elijah chose "Chocolate for Lunch." Start the game by rolling the die and writing the corresponding number of words on the paper. If you roll six, write six words. Then the next player rolls the die and adds the corresponding number of words to continue the story. Do not write more or less than what the die says. Try to finish the story up as you run out of room to write.
This was so much fun! Even though Elijah doesn't like to push his pencil, he didn't complain about writing (not ONE time). We laughed a lot. I also had the opportunity to explain when and why to add end punctuation.
Our Roll-to-Write Story
Chocolate for Lunch
One day I thought I should have chocolate for lunch. I started out with a fat Hershey bar. Next, I ate a chocolate bunny. I also gobbled brownies with chocolate ice cream and delicious hot fudge sauce. For dessert I had chocolate covered pretzels. The next day I was feeling icky. I went to the dentist. He was not happy with me! The End