The Natural Stages of Growth in Writing: Holiday Edition!

Natural Stages of Growth in Writing Holiday Edition

After completing the five part series about the Natural Stages of Growth in Writing, I thought it might be nice to see how you can apply those insights to writing through the holidays!

This is a great season to capitalize on natural writing opportunities (rather than relying on contrived assignments). I’ve included some of the most obvious ideas along with ones you may not have thought of! I’ve also organized them to fit with the Natural Stages of Growth in writing.

Jot it Down (kids who can handwrite and/or copy writing):

  • caption photos in a family holiday letter
  • write out tags for wrapped gifts
  • create placecards for your holiday meal
  • write gift wish lists
  • address envelopes for holiday cards

Partnership Writing (you help with transcription):

  • all of the above in “Jot it Down” works well with Partnership phase too
  • retell and write a short description of the year’s biggest highlight for family letter
  • copying lyrics from holiday music
  • writing a list of special traditions to remember
  • putting holiday events on a posted family calendar
  • thank you notes for gifts received

Building Confidence was Faltering Ownership (kids who are writing, but are still not high school level):

  • interview family members for holiday letter
  • write your own memories of the year and send in holiday letter
  • journal about each holiday event and bind in a little notebook at the end of season
  • plan and execute a New Year’s party (including invitations, games, food to purchase)
  • copy cookie recipes onto notecards, make cookies

Transition to Ownership/Great Conversation (junior/high school level):

  • take control of the family holiday letter (interview family members, organize, and execute)
  • take photos of the season, caption, and scrapbook as the month goes along
  • keep a notebook of quotable quotes from the family
  • write a meaningful description of what the holiday means to you personally and consider sharing
  • reflect on a significant piece of reflective literature by freewriting or journaling about it

Stages of Growth in Writing

4 Responses to “The Natural Stages of Growth in Writing: Holiday Edition!”

  1. Domanicka says:

    What is a holiday letter? Sounds interesting and fun to do but I have never heard of it.

  2. Julie Bogart says:

    To me, a holiday letter is the one of those year-end letters that families send to their loved ones detailing the events and milestones of the previous year. Often photos accompany them. So if you want to create a nice writing opportunity for your kids, encourage them to help write it! They can each write a paragraph about their previous year, picking the details they think would be interesting to share.

    I hope that helps!


  3. Domanicka says:

    Thanks that helps. I will have to keep that in mind for next year.

  4. Laurie says:

    Thanks for the reminder. We already do (or have done) a lot of these things, but I sometimes forget that it all “counts”. Now I can relax a bit on the school expectations and enjoy the holidays!