Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom
The idea came to me while I was busy making a list of what the kids needed for summer camp. Why not create a lunch menu they could order from?
It would be fun, yes, but with the added bonus that they would write their order down–thereby encouraging summer handwriting practice.
I had no idea I’d stumbled upon such a hit! Later in the week even the teachers at camp said, “So tell us about this lunch menu we heard about.”
Well, there wasn’t much to it–which is why I was actually able to pull it off! Here’s how you can create your own if you’re interested.
1. Make a blank template that the kids can fill out.
Yes, you could also do this on the computer, but I believe in just doing things now, so this is how mine ended up.
Then I used our printer to make enough copies for the entire week–one per day for each child.
2. Write down the lunch choices on a menu and post it somewhere for easy viewing.
I divided mine into categories. As the week passed and we ran out of items, I crossed them out. On other days I added new items on a post-it and stuck it on top of the menu.
3. Help kiddos when necessary.
Food is awfully motivating for a child, right? So “no lunch order, no lunch” created quite the motivation to get this project done daily. My two fluent readers and writers completed their order forms independently.
I worked with Elijah (my youngest) to complete his–we alternated with him tracing and writing and then reading out the letters to me.
4. Create an order form collection slot.
Kids placed orders in the assigned slot, then in the evenings after dinner one child would collect them and be my lunch box assembly line worker.
We did this for our camp week, but you could also do it for everyday lunch options, too!
Any other real-life ideas you use to encourage writing in the summer?