My oldest child is a tenth grader this year. We are a couple months into our 8th homeshooling year and we are pretty relaxed about most of our homeschool subjects. This particular child has loved to spell and write for as long as I can remember. He wrote from right to left as a 4 year old and would diligently form the letters to the words in his ‘stories’ as long as I would spell them for him. Brings back fun memories!
Over the years my son has learned about latin root words, sometimes because we were studying them as a family, but usually because he wanted to know so that he could write the correct word, with the correct meaning, for a story he was writing. He has studied the correct grammar and slang. Currently, he i learning about hashtags and Facebook ‘speak’ since we have allowed him to have his own Facebook and Twitter accounts recently. My point is that he has continually been learning, due to his own interest, even though we have not used a formal writing program.
Today, my son will still reference me for words that he is unsure of, though in this day and age he can also utilize the Internet, along with various books that live on our home library shelves. I personally believe that my son’s writing has evolved very naturally into something quite well-crafted, though not perfect. He seems to have an excellent command of the English language (both spoken and written), and a true love for crafting an interesting story, whether it be fiction or non-fiction. How did we manage this? I’ve listed some ideas for you below that my son and I have come up with together. These are the things that we believe have helped him to become a good writer, and we think they could be helpful tools for you, as well.
A Relaxed Homeschooler’s Writing Center Tools
- Custom Bionicle Wiki~This has been Logan’s writing ‘place’ for a while, but I feel sure there are many other online avenues for budding writers.
- Writing Fiction for Dummies
- Notebook for writing down ideas
- Creating an outline before writing
- Sharpened pencils
- Blogging. Logan has one: Great Awakening Blog
- Bible, poetry book, other literature for inspiration and quotes
- Access to the Internet
Can you think of other writing tools that might be useful for a relaxed homeschooler? Please share your thoughts in the comments!
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