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Writing—Our Families through the Seasons
After reading Byron Through the Seasonsand other books about families and
their traditions, children may wish to write about their own families and the
things they do together at various times of the year. Children can write or dic-
tate their stories and then illustrate them. One class displayed their stories in
the hallway outside their classroom. They often stopped to read them on
their way to and from class. Other children also stopped to look at the stories
and often asked to have them read.
Teachers might wish to reintroduce this activity each time the seasons
change. Each child’s stories could be compiled into a book to send home at
the end of the year. Activities such as this help children bond as a group.
They notice the similarities among family activities and also aspects that
are unique to their own culture or experiences.
Byron Through the Seasonsdescribes
a community’s activities through-
out the year that revolve around a
campground. Many children have
had similar camping experiences,
whether on an overnight stay in a
park, in a friend’s backyard, or on
an actual camping trip with their
family. For this reason, teachers
might incorporate a campground
into their dramatic play or outside
areas. Small tents, perhaps made by draping a bedspread over an A-frame;
small grills (not to be lit!); flannel shirts; and outdoor cooking equipment
could be included.
Writing Center—Family Seasonal Traditions
Children may wish to continue writing about camping or seasonal family
activities after they have written family stories as a special activity. Relevant
materials can be incorporated into a class writing center.