Sunday, November 18, 2012

Teaching Creative Writing

My seventh grader loves to write. No, not handwriting. He’d rather stab his hand with a pencil, than actually use the pencil for its intended purposes, lol. But he enjoys the writing process. He doesn’t enjoy structure writing, like an assigned essay, but he does enjoy putting together and telling a good story.

For someone with no creative writing talent, like myself, that can be daunting to teach. I can help him with grammar, sentence structure, even mechanics. But that’s about it.

I was looking for a program that would really take that responsibility from me (nope, not ashamed to say that!) and fortunately I found just that. He is going to start his first of many online writing courses from Time4Writing soon, and we are both looking forward to seeing how those go. Fingers crossed that this may also segue into something beneficial for my younger child who at the moment wants absolutely nothing to do with writing… :)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Building a Good Vocabulary

Is having a good, strong vocabulary important as an adult? I’d like to think so. Being a lawyer, professional speaker and a teacher require a good vocabulary, but your profession doesn’t have to require a strong vocabulary…you would want to be able to carry on intelligent discussions about anything in life, wouldn’t you?
I want that for my children. I want them to start building their vocabulary early on, and then just keep expanding on that as they get older. A good vocabulary helps them with their reading, spelling, even with their creative writing.
Some of the ways to help your homeschoolers build a strong vocabulary is by playing vocabulary games and using vocabulary flash cards. One of our favorite vocabulary activities is pulling off the next page in our “Word A Day” desk calendar. More often than not, our word for the day is as new to me as it is to them!
What are some ways you help build your children’s vocabulary?