The boys wrote a winter themed story together, one sentence per person at a time. I love doing these with the boys because while you may have a great story in your head the next sentence someone else gives can send the story in a totally different direction. The pat summer the boys had written another story and they all tried to turn the story back to their version, this time they worked together and played off each other to make the story flow. The sentence rotation for the whole story is Jacob, Joey, then Jordan. I did not help with the ideas, I only wrote what they chose to add and to stop them after saying just one sentence. I am very proud of their story and their teamwork to create it.
Here is the story they came up with
Bill and the Snowman
Once upon a time there was a man med Bill. He was lonely and had no friends. So one day he decided to go sledding. Then he realized he didn't have a sled. He goes to the store and spends $50 on sleds. Once he bought the sleds, he found a person and said "will you be my friend?" the man says "Buzz Off!". So feeling bad Bill decided since he got some sleds to go sledding and make friends. While Bill was sledding, at the bottom of the hill he met someone; not a man, not a lady, but a snowman. The snowman started to move and spoke. "I've come because I've seen you are lonely, I was sent by God". "God sent you down to be my friend?" asked Bill. "God has a message for you "No matter what people say, you should never give up" said the snowman. Bill looked at the snowman like "Huh?". Then the snowman said "take all of them there sleds up to the top of the hill". Bill feeling encouraged trudged through the snow. Once Bill and the snowman finally made it to the top o the snow hill, Bill asked "What's your name?". The snowman said "My name is Ace". So the snowman tells Bill "I want you to make so more snowmen". Bill starts making snowmen and snowladies. Then Bill said "this is too much work" and sledded down the hill. Once he was at the bottom, the snowman appeared next to him and said "remember the message, "Never give up". Bill goes back to the top of the hill and builds more snowmen. Another man finds him and says "I'm lonely will you be my friend?'. Bill says "Yes! You want to help me build these snowmen?". So Bill and the man go build snowmen. The man said this is too much work, and went down the hill. The man said we need more help. Suddenly everyone in town comes to build snowmen. Then a little pipsqueak yells "Let's go sledding!". So they all use Bill's sleds and go sledding. Bill is no longer sad and lonely and wonders were the heck is Ace my snowman friend.
We also marked off put on a puppet show. They boys used the story they wrote to act out. I made copies of the story and the speaking parts were spilt up amongst the boys. While I was copying and highlighting everyone's parts the boys started working on the background and characters. They used a mix of paper on popsicle sticks and toilet tissue rolls. After rehearsing a couple times they preformed their story while I taped them, there were a couple mix up in lines and some of the characters were later for their roles, but the boys had a blast. We saved our puppets and "scripts" so they can preform their play for their grandparents when we go visit them.
I was a afraid that we wouldn't get to mark off pillow fight (that the boys were really looking forward to) due to too much testosterone and little patience among the boys. I knew when we added this one to our list that it had the possibility of ending in tears. With the boys word that they would not wail on each other, we proceeded with caution. My thinking was a time limit would be a good idea, so for five minutes they went at it. The boys kept to their word and we extended the time. I was pleased to watch them all laughing and giggling after snapping at each other for majority of the day.
While we made a great strides in our coloring book, we just couldn't pull it off. When they were younger they loved coloring and occasionally will dig out the crayons. As they are getting older they have other interest they would prefer doing (like anything with a screen).