Afterschool Express - Keeping a journal, pretend play and blog hop!

Writing and reading have such a strong connection that is essential for our children to develop both areas simultaneously. An after -school journal is a great way for our kids to write down their thoughts, ideas, and maybe even what they did at school!  I had Elly write a list of the things she wanted to buy seeds for and plant after a trip to the Feed-and-Seed store.
 Here is a free choice write of animals.  We made a zebra costume for the little man, but they both are able to wear it and have been pretending to be wild animals all week!
 There goes a wild one...

I am trying to make after-school relaxing, but fun.  The two most favorite activities this month have been tea parties and play dough.  Crafting has snuck in there a few days too.  I am finding it hard to manage the project, a camera, a one year old and a 5 year old while sewing - so no action shots today!!!

If you are making learning fun for your afterschooler, we'd love you have you visit and join a new afterschool bloghop with
Week of Sep 4  Natalie (Mouse Grows Mouse Learns)
Week of Sep 11- MaryAnne (MamaSmiles)
Week of Sep 18 - Julie (Just Playing Around)
Week of Sep 25 - Kelly (Little Wonders' Days)
Week of Oct 2 - Amanda and Kim (The Educators' Spin on It)
Week of Oct 9 - Christy (Superheroes and Princesses)
Feel free to add any posts for lessons an activities that can be done with grade-school age kids!!!


  1. Love the idea of an after school journal. I am going to start one this week with my little ones.
    Thanks for sharing,

  2. Shauna - I can't wait to see how they turn out! My master class this semester is on the importance of writing and I am finding myself trying to find more ways to read and write with the kids each day. There just isn't enough time in the day to get things done!

  3. I love her writing...she writes so freely and confidently. I need to work with my little one more on writing just what she hears and not be so perfect. Any tips on that would be greatly appreciated!

  4. I love that idea. My daughter's kindergarten teacher was adamant about journaling. Now she is in first grade and this teacher has not implemented journaling yet. I could really see her progress through her Kindergarten journal. I think I will get her started again on an after school journal, thanks.


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