Friday, June 10, 2011

Adding Creative Writing to Your Homeschool

What makes creative writing such a difficult subject? Why do young people hate doing it? Why can't they just jump at the chance to make beautiful pictures with their words? Ok...reality... some need creative writing help. Creative writing takes time, effort, and some foundational tools. The seventh grader needs to have a good grasp of the English language, the ability to use grammar, and a solid comprehension of spelling and vocabulary. Yet, if all of these tools have been integrated into the education of the Junior High School student prior to this time, they will fall into place as they begin to write.

Usually, the difficulty arises when the student doesn't know what to write. I recently realized a quick and easy way to get my daughters writing creatively without pain and torture....blog writing! In this medium they were able to express themselves creatively not only in writing, but also in the presentation of their own blog. The loved the ability to make their blog cute, and then writing became easy for them as they wrote about things that happened to them everyday. It was the best revelation I have had in a long time!

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