In order to encourage them to write more, I decided to have them copy four sentences about a local bird and then draw a picture of it. This proved to be a very good idea! At first some struggled and complained about having to do this. It was difficult for some students to write that much, but after a few weeks, it was quite easy for them to do. I noticed a big difference in their journals after we did this too. This would be a good booklet for your child to practice reading over the summer as I tried to use sight words that they knew.