Does anyone besides me struggle with teaching kids to write? Why is it that I have trouble assigning research papers and such? Probably it’s partly because I hear so much groaning that it seems easier to put it off until tomorrow. And you know that thing about tomorrow never arriving… So the best we usually do is to simply write something every day.
Anyway, I found rather a nifty little thing online that has some good writing ideas. It’s at http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/proverbsfamily/774822/?#c1401853 and it’s called a Writing Prompts Calendar. Each day has an idea for something to write about. Some are deep, some are amusing, some are a little flaky, but it’s a worthwhile resource for daily writing ideas. I think she makes a new one every month, and offers it free, so definitely worth checking when your mind is devoid of creative topics to give to your kids. I thought it might even be good for me to use occasionally. We’ll see.
Right now my kids are writing short stories (or maybe novels, if they keep at it!) a few paragraphs at a time, but if those start to fizzle out, I hope to use some of these ideas to jumpstart their writing. Just thought I’d share the link in case anyone else has kids who groan that they don’t know what to write about!
And by the way, that blogger is holding a giveaway of one of her e-books right now, so check that out, too. I do love free stuff. Yes, I do.