Encourage Writing with Brave Writer Mailboxes
This summer, my children and I have been thoroughly enjoying all things Brave Writer (stay tuned for my review very soon!). One of the things I love about Brave Writer is the Brave Writer Lifestyle, which effortlessly weaves writing into daily life. Brave Writer contends that all children are writers, and I whole-heartedly agree. The thing is, the mechanical act of writing can be very difficult for young children. All too often, children get so wrapped up in the mechanics that they lose the creativity and love. Brave Writer is honestly fun, and today I’m going to share a super-simple activity that has brought heaps of joy (and writing!!) to our family this summer.
Brave Writer Mailboxes
Folks, this is so easy! We are using Brave Writer’s Jot it Down program and one of the project suggestions was to encourage writing by using family mailboxes. I took advantage of the fact that it was an Amazon Subscribe and Save month and I upcycled some boxes into mailboxes for the kiddos! We simply selected some small boxes, covered them with each child’s favorite color construction paper, and decorated!
The kids decorated their mailboxes with stickers and designs, and made up their very own address.
We placed the mailboxes outside of their bedroom doors and watched the magic happen.
Yes, magic. LOTS of writing magic has been happening over here this summer! Those mailboxes have received quite a bit of mail during the last few months, and that means that oodles of writing has been happening!
How to Encourage Reluctant Writers
Here is a post I wrote eons ago about some of the ways we encourage writing over here:
How do you encourage your reluctant writers? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks, folks!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
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