Remember Frosty the Snowman? Well, we are going to steal something from that Christmas classic for this homeschool writing assignment. Have you child select something from the room (any room), but don’t tell them what they are going to do yet. Once they have picked the item, ask them to write a story about that object coming to life. The story needs to detail the object’s first day as the new member of the family. Here is a list of questions that you can use to help them get the creative juices flowing:
- What happened to bring the item to life? (i.e. Frosty had a magic hat)
- What were the first words?
- Who is your family is most excited about the item coming to life?
- Is there someone in the family that is not excited about the item coming to life? (i.e. if my wife’s hairbrush came to life, she would not be excited)
- What problems does the item cause when it first comes to life?
- What is your favorite thing of having the item come to life?
- How do the family pets treat the new member of the family?
- What does the item eat and how did you figure out what it liked?
- What is the funniest thing the item did during the very first day?
Writing is one of the most important skills your children will learn. I teach an online course for a university in another state, and I am shocked at the terrible writing skills. If your children can use writing to engage and entertain, they will stand out in the crowd of students that struggle with creative, descriptive writing assignments. Don’t let your children limit themselves to answering just these questions. Help them write a story and include details that are not included in this list. Homeschool writing assignments can be difficult to come up with on your own. I hope this helps take some of the pressure off. If you enjoyed this assignment, please leave a comment at the bottom. I would love to hear your child’s story. Post it in the comments section. I can’t wait to read them.