Learning to write is an incredible process to be apart of! Kids go from writing scribbles to letter sounds to actual words! It's amazing, right?
But, in first grade, ideas begin to sound the same after a while…
“I like going to the park.”
“School is fun.”
“My friend is nice.”
While I am super proud to see their progress, it gets a little boring, if I'm honest!
So, after we've written for a while, I start to introduce Say What? Word lists. We try swapping out common words for different words!
I laminated the word lists for durability and added a binder ring so they can easily hang in our writing center. Kids can quickly grab the lists if they want to swap out a boring word!
These Say What? Word Lists have made a HUGE improvement in the variety of words kids now use in their journals, letter writing, and stories!