Summer spells the end of school, but it shouldn’t spell the end of learning. Help keep tweens retain their writing skills over the summer. Assign them these fun journal topics.
- 1. Summer has a host of holidays. Let your tweens write about their favorite one. Be sure that they include the history behind the holiday and explain why it is their favorite.
- 2. Independence Day is July 4th. Have your tweens explain the significance of this historical day.
- 3. As your pre-teens make the transition from childhood to adulthood, peer pressure begins to play a big part in their lives. Have them write about peer pressure and how they are coping with it.
- 4. Peer pressure can even make your pre-teens do things to try to fit in with the popular group. Have your tween write about some of things that they have done just because one of their friends told them to.
- 5. As tween transition from children to teens, they begin to question the way they look. Have them write about what things they would like to change about themselves and why.
- 6. Then, have them journal about the things that they like best about themselves.
- 7. Oranges, strawberries, watermelons, honeydew melons, and blueberries are all great summer foods. Have your tweens journal about their favorite food. Encourage them to include as many sensory details as possible.
- 8. Although Christmas is months away, you can have your tweens compare and contrast the two school breaks.
- 9. Not only does summer bring carefree days, it also brings hot weather. You can have your tween brainstorm ways to stay hydrated.
- 10. Summer songs bring with them fond summer memories. Get your pre-teens writing as well as dancing. Have them write about their favorite summer songs.
- 11. Bugs are a natural part of summer and the great outdoors. They can be both annoying and fascinating. Bugs can also make great topics. So, why not have your tween write about these cute little pests.
- 12. Going to the movies is another fun part of summer break, and many of the year’s blockbusters make their debut during the summer. So, why not turn a trip to the movies into an educational experience. Let your tweens write about the movies that they watch over the summer break. Encourage them to include the things that they liked and the things that they disliked about the movies.
Yes, summer can be educational as well as fun. This summer, help your preteens keep up their writing skills. Assign them some of the journal topics listed above.