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  • To teach and impress by frequent repetition or instruction.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about something you learned through repetition and how you felt about that learning process. 

Art Prompt: Repetition

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

…parents from different social classes teach their children different lessons about interacting with institutions. …parents help to perpetuate inequalities not only through what they do for their children, such as equipping them with different resources or opportunities, but also through what they teach children to do for themselves. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Add to your character sketch. How did your protagonist’s parents teach social interaction and how does that affect your protagonist in your story? (Click through and read the entire article to learn how social class affects what parents teach children.)

Journaling Prompt: What is the most valuable lesson your parents taught you?

Art Prompt: Parent teaching Child

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the essential lessons that parents must teach their children.

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Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo by Bahman Farzad on Flickr.


This was shared by Sue Ann Bowling at her Homecoming blog. Thanks Sue!

“Smart is only a polished version of dumb. Try intelligence.” Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals (Discworld)

Writing Prompt: Do a character sketch for one of your characters. Or create a new character. In what ways is your character smart? In what ways are they intelligent? how does your character use these traits in their everyday life? During a crisis?

Journaling Prompt: Are you smart, intelligent, or both? Write about your answer.

Art Prompt: Intelligence

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the difference between “smart” and “intelligent.” Give them strategies to become more intelligent.

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Kids love dogs. Dogs love kids. I don’t think the results of this study should surprise us at all. 
…second-grade students with a range of reading aptitudes and attitudes toward reading were paired with dogs — or people — and asked to read aloud to them once a week for 30 minutes in the summer of 2010.

At the end of the program, students who read to the dogs experienced a slight gain in their reading ability and improvement in their attitudes toward reading, as measured on the Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) and Elementary Reading Attitude Survey (ERAS), respectively — while those who read to people experienced a decrease on both measures.

Another surprising result was the high rate of attrition among students in the control group. Of the original cohort of nine, a third failed to complete the program. No students left the dog-reading group. –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write about a dog helping a kid. Doesn’t have to be reading. Could be Lassie getting Timmy out of the well. Just work on that dog / kid relationship.

Journaling Prompt: What has your pet helped you learn?

Art Prompt: Kids and Dogs

Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: Write about a way that dogs help humans.

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Have you ever watched a child play? They are so creative. Left alone, they will use toys and other objects in ways that adults would never imagine. Unfortunately, most adults aren’t content to let kids discover their own ways to play. Here’s some research showing how damaging the well-meaning attempt to “teach” children how to play can be.


It turns out that there is a “double-edged sword” to pedagogy: Explicit instruction makes children less likely to engage in spontaneous exploration and discovery. A study by MIT researchers and colleagues compared the behavior of children given a novel toy under four different conditions, finding that children expressly taught one of its functions played with the toy for less time and discovered fewer things to do with it than children in the other three scenarios. –Science Daily


Writing Prompt: Create a scene where a teacher either helps or hinders learning by his or her teaching method.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a teacher who made an impact on your learning.

Art Prompt: Teacher

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the importance of play and exploration in the development of children.

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