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. Some people have their kids dictate while they scribe for 5 minutes.
- Take a picture or scan their paper, and post it on your blog. If you don’t have a blog and want to participate, please comment below and we’ll get in touch about what you can do.
- 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 link-up.
- 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.”
Without further ado, here are our thoughts on the word “fall”:
Age 8’s dictation of what she wrote followed by a picture of her paper:
Winter, spring, summer, fall, jump in piles of leaves.
Fall and scrape your knee.
The Bible says something about your feet being able to avoid rocks.
The Bible says you may soar on wings like eagles, you may run and not grow weary, you may walk and not be afraid. Those who walk in the Lord will renew their strength.
God will guide my feet. I will not fall.
I would not like to fall and hurt myself.
I don’t like raking but jumping in leaves is fun.
Age 6’s dictation of what she wrote followed by a picture of her paper:
I do not like to fall.
I do not like to fall off a wall.
Age 2’s dictation of what she wrote followed by a picture of her paper:
Mommy and Daddy and Maggie and Mana and me and the sky and a snowstorm that was splashing the water. My name is Maisy. I love you, Mom.