Every school day, the boys have to write an entry in their journal. They each have two topics to choose from. Since Jacob is a first-grader, he's only required to write one sentence or a short list of items. Caleb has to do more, but it's a struggle to get him to write much at all.
I think I read in a magazine once about letting kids have their own blog pages where they can write whatever they want, and they can share it with extended family members. I remembered it the other day and started toying with the idea of letting the boys do it. When I mentioned it to them yesterday during school, they were both excited about it.
Today we set up their blog pages and they've each posted one entry. It's a private blog, invitation only. Currently the invitations are just to grandparents and aunts, but we might branch out a little later on and include a few of the boys friends' families.
My main goal in this is to get the boys to write more, but I have more specific goals in mind for each of them. I'd like Jacob to improve his basic skills: spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. Caleb has the basics down. I'd like him to branch out more in what he writes - to improve his sentence structure and express more creativity. I hope this works!