Daily Writing Prompts

daily writesWould you be interested in a daily writing prompt to encourage your students or children to write? The prompts may lead to a list, a few sentences, multiple paragraphs or a whole story. The prompts will encourage different forms of writing.

Your students or children will need a notebook (or staple some pages together) so that you can look back on the writing they do throughout the month.

It’s a good idea to discuss the prompt together before they start to write. Let them express their ideas orally first, especially if they are hesitant writers. If you click on the day below (because you can start at any time or pick and choose the prompt you want), it will take you to a page with ideas to go along with your writing (Sometimes all that is there is the prompt, but these will continue to be be updated). You could write at the same time and then share your pieces. Have fun!

Day 18: Make a grocery list. 

Day 17: You have an imaginary pet. Describe it using your senses (What does it look like, sound like, and smell like?). What does it like to do? How did the two of you become friends?

Day 16: What would your own personal flag look like? Draw it. Describe it? What do the colours and symbols represent?

Day 15: You can change any rule.

Day 14: Make a list of your favourite words.

Day 13: Brushing your teeth is something you do several times a day. Write down step by step what you do (and don’t forget to floss).

Day 12: Write facts about your favourite animal. 

Day 11: What would your own personal flag look like? Draw it. Describe it? What do the colours and symbols represent?

Day 10: Pretend someone is interviewing YOU. Write interview questions and answer them.

Day 9: Tell the story of how the ladybug got her spots or how the elephant got his long trunk.

Day 8: Think of a kind gesture someone has done and write them a thank you letter.

Day 7: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Day 6: Make a list highlighting all the things you love about yourself.

Day 5: Draw a map of your “dream” room and label it.

Day 4: You’ve invented a magic suitcase. Now what will you do with it?

magic suitcase

Day 3: In what ways do you want to be like everyone else and in what ways do you want to be different? Why?

Day 2You met someone who has never built a snowman. Write the directions, step by step, to build the best snowman ever! Then draw a picture of it.


Remember to include the pretzels for eyes, if that’s what you used.

*There are student samples that were sent to me. Have a look!

Day 1:  If you could be any colour crayon what colour would you be and why?


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Book Launch

Looking forward to celebrating Messy Jessy Gets Active today with the community at our local library. It will be the first time I’ve met the illustrator, Diane Lucas. We did all of our correspondence for the book on-line or over the phone. I can’t wait to thank her in person for doing such a wonderful job capturing Messy Jessy’s character!

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My Summer Reading List

One of my plans this summer is to read as much as I possibly can. I am going to start a list and I’ll keep adding to it throughout the summer. I would also love to hear your recommendations (keeping in mind that I like kid’s stuff the best).


Books I’ve Read

The Skin i’m in by Sharon G. Flake

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Messenger by Lois Lowry

Son by Lois Lowry

(I loved all 4 of them! Here is a link to Lowry’s page: http://www.loislowry.com/index.php?option=com_djcatalog2&view=items&cid=4:the-quartet&cid=4:the-quartet&Itemid=185)

Sleeping Beauty: The One Who Took the Really Long Nap by Wendy Mass

I am also reading The School Year Survival Cookbook by Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh along with articles and books related to school and teaching.


New Messy Jessy Illustrations

Diane Lucas has taken on the task of creating Messy Jessy in Messy Jessy Gets Active. Jessy’s joyous and creative personality shines through, even in the initial sketches. This is one of my favorite sketches. I can’t wait to see it in color! I’m sure my time in the rink, watching hockey games, isn’t causing any bias.

I love that Jessy uses her imagination and creates her own fun throughout the whole book. She still has her bike helmet on from her adventures on the previous page. This sketch will make a great coloring page.Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 8.33.54 PM.

You can learn more about Diane Lucas by visiting her website at http://www.lucasillustration.com/index.html.