February 2, 2018
We are loving our last year of homeschooling! My history-loving BusyGirl is set to graduate in June and can’t wait for college! She recently was voted in as a Historical Society board member at our local museum. Weekly, she shadows the curator and is learning how to log-in artifacts. The board recently accepted her proposal to develop and present in-class living history presentations to the public schools and a summer program that targets elementary-aged students. It is a joy to see her thriving in her passion. Oh, the benefits of homeschooling are so worth it! Don’t give up mamas! The best is yet to come!
Pictured below: BusyGirl sewing her new historically accurate dress while dressed in her old historically accurate dress. She is a few days shy of completing her Civil War dress, complete with a hoop skirt. Stay tuned for the BIG reveal! Yes, that’s a Civil War timeline hanging on her wall because that’s how BusyGirl decorates her room. Not pictured: The Colonial flag hanging on the opposite wall. LOL.
Hope you are loving my ten-week series on how to create a culture for writing in your home. Each value you put into action will make writing as natural of a habit as breathing in and out. Keep scrolling to see value #4, valuing your child’s heart.
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Creating a Culture for Writing
There are ten values that create a foundation for homeschool writing success. (See picture below) We create a culture for writing when we put these values into action.
Creating a Culture For Writing:
Value Your Child’s Heart
Jaxson, age ten, lived through a terrifying experience, an F5 Tornado. His mother shared with me how writing helped him process the terror. She understood that his heart was on that paper. We can all learn from this wise mother. She didn’t rush through the writing project but saw it as an opportunity for her son to learn how to express himself. She was also gentle with her corrections because she valued his heart. She knew her son was taking a risk to share his personal experience and she set the stage to make it happen.
Every author trembles a little when they put their writing into a public space. It doesn’t matter if it’s a creative writing piece or a legal deposition. The written word reveals what is going on inside the heart and is more powerful than speaking words alone. How can we as home educators create a safe space so that our young authors will take the risk and write words that are hugely personal?
Let’s look at some tips on how to create a culture for writing by valuing your child’s heart:
- Thank your child for choosing to write meaningful insights.
- Acknowledge your child’s choice to write about things that matter instead of playing it safe.
- Show your appreciation to your child for their courage to reveal emotions and thoughts on paper.
- Provide a predictable framework for writing. Follow the steps of the writing process. This will help increase your child’s writing confidence. When children know what to expect, they are more apt to include more personal insights in their story.
- Remove the fear of failure. Give your child a soft landing place to make mistakes.
- Do not jump to correcting grammar until you understand the thoughts that your child is attempting to communicate.
- Give grace if your child’s words reveal raw emotion. Work with him on word choices that help him communicate better. Example, you could ask your child,” Which word describes how you were feeling, angry or misunderstood?”
- Allow ample time. Writing about personal experiences may take your child twice as long as other types of writing projects.
Jaxson’s mom understood that he needed time to process the emotions of that day as he relived it through his writing. Writing can be a source of healing. Great writing instruction is a beautiful healing gift to give your child! Jaxson and his family survived the F5 tornado. Many others experienced the tornado’s devastation. At the end of Jaxson’s writing project, he confidently gives God credit for protecting him and his family.
Create a culture for writing in your home by valuing your child’s heart.
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