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Hook Kids on Writing!

Summer is a great time for instilling a fun journaling activity with your children. Buy or have them decorate a notebook with stickers or magazine pictures. Then, have them journal in it as a fictitious character. Perhaps a summertime pirate adventure, camping or mystery story!Have them draw a map where the buried treasure is hidden. Let their imaginations run wild and praise everything they write, regardless of grammar and spelling. Pretty soon you'll find your children  HOOKED ON WRITING!

Tips for Teaching Success

Try a few tips: Let kids write about what they love! Don't hover over them and correct grammar and spelling, let this time be one of creativity. With a few simple guidelines you can have your children writing and loving it in no time!

Try adding fun activities to your writing time, like making something that would go along with the story. Perhaps a fun recipe that will be included. Most kids enjoy cooking and boys are no exception! I love the book, Westward HO! My son loved making the portable soup and biscuits recipe the cowboys ate in the 1800's . This is a terrific spring board for a story!

Great Writing Tips for All School Age Children

Check out my blog post at Homeschool Convention on Writing Tips for Homeschoolers. There is something posted for every age-filled with practical advice! Check it out!
http://www.homeschoolconvention.com/blog/conquering
-the-scary-seas-of-creative-writing/ post here.

Writing Helps /Handouts

Check out the free handouts on Homeschool Resources Page for character, dialogue,and plot handouts. These tools will help take out the frustration of Creative Writing and cause your little writer to blossom!
I would love to hear your questions and challenges...

Building a Setting

Build an interesting setting: On a sheet of paper have your students make a list of the five senses: sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch. Then have them list at least five things in each category that they would find in their setting. I like to make it a contest and time them and see who can come up with the most in each category.

Create a Character

To develop a character, make a list of the things they like to do. Include sports, favorites, like books, movies and ice cream!