Writing

 I've toyed with the idea of creating a writing page for quite some time.  While I firmly believe writing is an integral part of spelling, English and grammar I can't deny that writing is a subject entirely on it's own.

It's also the subject I hear many homeschool moms (especially those with boys) admit that they have a hard time getting their kids to do.

I don't know what it is about writing but I really have to pull teeth in order to get my kids to write anything.  They hate it so much that I often don't even make them write anything at all unless it's our weekly writing assignment.  Some weeks we might squeeze in some extra writing here and there but I try to make it a once a week thing.  For us, writing is explored in a large variety of ways.


 One thing that has worked really well this year is telling each boy that they only have to write one sentence for each grade that they are in so my fifth grader writes five sentences while my first grader only has to write one.  Having a set length seems to help them see that the writing will have an ending and doesn't have to last all day.

Some days my boys prefer copywork.  Charlotte Mason developed a style of learning that encouraged copywork (here is a link to some free copywork pages at Simply Charlotte Mason).  Kids copy good, real literature and learn spelling, punctuation and capitalization by copying.  On days when my kids are unsure what to write they like copywork.  Some day they'll copy a short stanza or poem. Other days they might find a page in an illustrated children's book.  Most days they prefer to use our Draw Write Now books.  They get to draw a picture and copy the four sentences written in their book about the picture they chose.  It's art and writing in one!

Here's a Draw Write Now page Alec did on raccoons 
 Some days my boys prefer creative open ended projects and thank goodness for Pinterest!  Here is a list of some of our favorite writing assignments and activities:

  • Writing up their own recipes.  They have written up their own breakfast recipe and we actually made them following their recipes a few days later. 
  • The boys all loved writing up their own potion to go along with our Harry Potter unit.  Alec enjoyed it so much he wrote a few different ones!
  • Writing up our monthly 50 state postcard exchange postcards
  • Writing letters-- to Santa, to grandparents, to friends, etc.  They enjoy writing letters occasionally.  
  • Writing book reports to go and see free movies during the summer at our local theater's Bookworm Wednesday movies.  Each child gets free admission for writing a summary of a book they've read.  

  • Writing a nature potion and gathering ingredients to make the potion.  
  • Writing prompts about things they are really interested in like Lego Minifigure writing or Minecraft story prompts.  
  • Beat the clock writing-- I set the timer and they write for a set amount of time.  The only rule is that they have to be writing the whole entire time.
  • Writing about a story we read and coming up with an alternate ending or another solution to the problem.  We all loved our Santa's Stuck activity.  
  • When we have a craft project to go along with our writing activity-- Like this fun Pet reindeer craft.  
  • When they can use the computer to type a story rather than write it with pencil and paper.  Ian, in particular would rather type a story and sits much longer at the computer than he would at the table.
  • Writing in code and breaking codes like spies.  At one point Alec even made up his own code to wrote letters back and forth with my husband.  

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