The first is to do some special things that might be a bit unexpected or out of the ordinary like build a bird feeder for Father's Day or go to a new playground, or find out about a new Science experiment (he LOVES Science).
Then the next thing to do is to have him journal about the experience with me. It goes like this:
1. I get a notebook. I write in the notebook "Tell me about _________________(the bird feeder)."
2. My son writes me back.
3. I read his response and then think of another probe question like "Why do you think this?" or "How did you come up with this idea?" I might also add some of my thoughts too.
4. My son writes me back.
5. Continue until you have ended the conversation.
The key here is to keep the questions open-ended so your child cannot give you a one or two word response. This way you have set the stage for writing several sentences based on the same idea. And now you have a "bank" of ideas to work from!
Tomorrow, I'll share some examples from my son's journal. Until then, Happy Writing!