Every Friday for over two years, hundreds of people have been joining a kind of writing flash mob over at lisajobaker.com, writing on a one-word prompt for five minutes and posting what they’ve written without prettifying it first. When I decided to join up with them, I thought it would be fun to include my three daughters. It seemed like a great journaling activity, and since they are always asking me if they can put things on my blog, I told them I’d take pictures of their work and post it here. After doing it for a few weeks, several people commented that they’d like their kids to join, so, with Lisa-Jo’s blessing, we decided to host a Five Minute Friday Kids’ Edition link-up right here.
It’s easy to join in, just:
- Check what the prompt is on Lisa-Jo’s blog.
- Have your kids write and/or draw a journal entry in only five minutes on that topic.
- Take a picture or scan their paper, and post it on your blog. If you don’t have a blog, we’re currently working on a way that you can still participate. Check back soon and we’ll have it up and running!
- Link up your post here and invite friends to join in.
- Select the permalink to your post. (This needs to be the link to your actual post, not to your blog itself or your homepage.)
- Using the linky tool at the bottom of my Five Minute Friday Kids’ Edition post, enter your link. It will also walk you through selecting which photo you want to show up in the linky.
- Your post will show up in our Five Minute Friday Kids’ Edition linky.
- Be sure and encourage the person who linked up before you!
We’ll be joining with Lisa-Jo’s most important requirement for participation: “There’s really only one absolute, no ifs, ands or buts about it Five Minute Friday rule: you must visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.”
So here are our thoughts on the word imagine:
Age 8’s dictation of what she wrote followed by a picture of her paper:
I like to imagine all sorts of things, like being at the seashore making a sandcastle.
I imagine that I’m a princess soon to become queen.
I imagine snowflakes swirling down.
(A haiku): Winter has come back
Snowflakes swirling down near me
Look, snowmen everywhere
Age 6’s dictation of what she wrote followed by a picture of her paper:
Imagination takes me to my heart.
I imagine what love would look like.
So I imagine my guesses.
It is fun to imagine snow.
Age 2’s dictation of what she wrote followed by a picture of her paper:
We know about imagine. I love you, Mommy. And you are a great mom and we say thank you mom since you are a best girl.
We hope to see you each week here at Desperate Homeschoolers for Five Minute Friday Kids’ Edition! See you next week!