Sunday, February 14, 2010
Son's Self-Initiated Writing Project
He really wanted to write his story but had writer's block. He killed 90 minutes staring at the blank screen. He was then in a bad mood. He was resistant to my request to offer him some writing prompts or give him some ideas for starting the writing to flow.
Both of my boys have been writing more this school year than ever before, most of it is self-initiated. This ONLY HAPPENS when we are alone having relaxed days with wide open expanses of free time. This NEVER happens when we are in the mode of rushing out of the house to get to this appointment and that appointment.
Here and there I catch myself sounding like a radical unschooler. However to keep it real I'll say the thing that changed this year that kick-started their writing like this on the computer was starting free writes at the suggestion of the Brave Writer homeschool writing method (not truly a curriculum but they sell a teacher's manual to train the homeschool parent). Also the touch typing instruction is helping a bit also. So if I'd not initiated some structured learning that I wanted them to do (some would say I'm coercing my children to do these things) then this may never have happened.