Writing Center Tools for the Relaxed Homeschooler

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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.
  • Computer
  • Reading
  • 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
  • Music
  • 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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About Wendy Woerner

wife, mama to five
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6 Responses to Writing Center Tools for the Relaxed Homeschooler

  1. Yvonne Reynolds says:

    Thank you for this great list of resources! Writing is not my favorite subject ‘to teach’, but my daughter loves to write stories and write on her blog. She has written guest posts for my blog in the past. Might be time to give her another ‘assignment’ 🙂

  2. Linda says:

    Great post, Wendy! Teaching writing to our older children seems to be one of the things homeschool moms fear most. Love your list and your testimony of how your son has grown as a writer. You mentioned reading – I think reading quality literature and a variety of authors is the best way to become a good writer. Our older children have all become good writers, though I don’t know it was anything I did with them consciously. Our younger 4 are coming up and I’m hopeful they will also become good writers.

  3. Thanks. It’s nice to be a bit more confident now, which for me has come with getting those homeschool years under the belt! And I love that I am now able to encourage other moms with the same concern that they (and their kids!) can do it, too! Thanks for your encouraging words, Linda.

  4. We have a few different grammar reference books, one is straight mechanics and grammar, and the other has outlines for the various types of essay writing assignments. We also are partial to Dictionaries and Thesaurus in book form. Browsing words is a fun thing for us. 🙂 Other than than, we too rely on quality literature, pen and paper.

    • My son likes to refer to his grammar book, so has always kept it on the desk in his room. We also own several different dictionaries and more than one thesaurus, as well! Thanks for reading and for leaving your thoughts here. 🙂

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