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September always makes me think of apples. If you’re focusing on apples in your homeschool preschool, be sure to include these apple theme task cards in your writing center.
It’s important to give preschoolers and kindergarteners an opportunity to write. Putting thoughts on paper is important whether they’re writing stories, making lists, or making simple journal entries.
These apple theme task cards are a great way to encourage your little ones to write this fall.
Apple Theme Task Cards
I always kick off a themed writing time with a good picture book. This gets kids thinking about the topic at hand and provides some inspiration for reluctant writers.
Because these task cards are apple-themed, I would start out by reading a fun apple-themed book or two before we start writing. Here are a few of my favorites:
Now that the kids are thinking about apples, it’s time to introduce the writing task cards and writing paper.
There are twelve task cards included in this pack. They include activities such as making lists, sharing facts, storytelling, and using themed words in a sentence.
Having this type of variety allows you to use these cards with a variety of ages and skills. Beginning writers may be required to complete the list-making tasks. While older, more advanced writers may be asked to tell a story based on the writing prompt on their task card.
A Couple of Tips
Young writers may want to dictate their lists and stories instead of writing them. This is perfectly appropriate. Doing so allows them to get their thoughts on paper without worrying about the mechanics of writing.
Invented spelling is acceptable for beginning writers, as well. Allow young writers to take ownership of their assignment by not worrying about spelling words correctly. Encourage your little ones to “spell it like it sounds.” Obviously, if this causes your little ones more stress, then help them spell their words.
This is also a great opportunity to introduce or reinforce the fact that sentences start with capital letters and end with a punctuation mark.