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I think I was about 8 or 9 years old when I wrote my own “newspaper.” I thought it was the coolest idea. Actually, what prompted me to write a newspaper, was an assignment I had to do during the summer in order to win another American Girl pin. (It is such a bummer that they don’t do these kind of activities anymore…)
It might not have been the best of newspapers, but it was a shining star to me. I had to read it to all my friends and family. (Yeah, I was a very meek and humble kid.)
If you know anything about the American Girl dolls, at least the historical ones, such as: Samantha, Kaya, Kit, Josefina, Kirsten, Molly, Andy, and Felicity, you would know who was the girl who loved to write, particularly newspapers. (In case you don’t know, it was Kit.) I had already won several pins that summer by doing a bunch of activities these girls would have done in their days, writing a newspaper was just a tiny assignment.
This newspaper thing just happened to creep into my mind recently and I decided I would offer you a printable so your kids can experience being a journalist for a day.
The process is actually quite fun.
- Have your child go around and see if they can find a good idea for a story.
- Give them a little notebook to jot down ideas or stories others are telling them.
- Print your child the downloadable newspaper for them to write out all the things they found out today. (I saved a place for either a drawing or picture).
- And then let them read it!
My brothers and I loved watching Liberty Kids and visually seeing kid journalists during the American Revolutionary War.
You can save this download again for when your kids are going on a field trip, or an event is happening in your area! Perfect opportunity to have your child observe, learn to write notes, and make a report!