So my kindergartener who’s in Kindergarten but not actually in kindergarten* has been expanding her literacy skills without much help. I’m always amazed when she shows me new skills that I’d thought were too advanced for her and that I can guarantee noone showed her.
*Confused yet? E will be 6 in less than three weeks, so in the US, she would be in kindergarten. Instead, she goes to a German Kindergarten, which is a pretty un-academic place to be. Here, academics don’t start until first grade. However, E has a lot of preschool experience from living in the US until just a few months ago, so she got a head start on reading, writing, and math. She loves it, so at her request, we do what she calls “homework” when she gets home about 2 or 3 times a week. I’ve recently realized that she can do a LOT more than I’d thought, and I needed to up the level of her “homework”.
That was the cue for me to make these Halloween Costumes Writing Prompts for Beginners. I wanted her to practice writing sentences she comes up with herself while still giving her some inspiration for what she might write and info on how to spell the words. I wasn’t able to find anything like it when searching, so I decided to make my own.
(E was 5 years and 11 months old.)
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Materials for Halloween Costumes Writing Prompts for Beginners
- Halloween Costumes Writing Prompts pdf file (download below).
- Printer paper.
- Laminator, laminating pouches (optional). Or use sheet protectors for reusability and ease of use.
- Pen or marker.
What’s in the Printable PDF File?
The printable has 11 pages total and include a writing prompt image of babies dressed in spider, bat, and pumpkin costumes respectively. There’s no special preparation required except printing.
There are four versions in all, each of which comes in both color and black and white:
- Related words in a lined dashed font with numbers and directional arrows.
- Related words in a lined solid font.
- Related words in a solid font without lines.
- No related words.
You can choose to only print out the version(s) that fit your kids’ developmental level.
How to Use the Writing Prompts
Depending on your kids’ skill level, they can trace the words and read them out loud to make sure they know what they are. Then have them build a sentence or two verbally before writing them down.
E wanted to try the version without words, but she read the words from another version before she got started. I was surprised that she requested the colored version, but apparently, she didn’t feel like coloring today.
She didn’t want to tell me her sentences ahead of time but read along as she wrote. She actually used the words that were on the page with printed words but didn’t have a way to check her spelling.
When she was done, I gave her one of the pages with words, and she easily found the words she had misspelled.
I hadn’t planned on it, but she decided that she should fix her mistakes on a new sheet of paper, so we quickly printed out another copy.
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