My Little Author

Pac Man has been a *book writer* for awhile now, it has been something he really enjoys. He takes long breaks but eventually goes back to his love. Thankfully this is something that he just loves, I never have to “make” him do this, he does it in his free time!

Recently he decided to write a chapter book. Honestly I didn’t think he would see it to completion, but I must eat my words-he finished it!!!! I never reminded him, never helped him (during the rough draft), it was ALL him :). He worked on this rough draft for a long time…Then when he finally finished he asked me if I would help him edit it. He is learning what an editor does, and what publishing means, it has been a great learning time together. I sat him with me as I re-wrote his story for him in Microsoft Publisher. He read it out loud as I typed. I showed him what I was doing, he helped me choose and place the graphics. Here is how it turned out…
After printing, he had to color a few of the graphics, he loved doing that…Here is the final book, can you tell how proud he is??? I am pretty proud of him too!
I hope he keeps it up, I created a 3 ring binder for him to keep his rough draft and final copies in, what a great keepsake it will be for him when he is older!!!

Writing Progress!

I love to teach elementary writing, always have, hopefully always will. It is something I wish I spent more time on, but unfortunately I have a son who is (was-hopefully) content telling wonderfully imaginative stories, but NOT writing them clearly and neatly. I knew I had to push forward anyhow, and thanks to the free writing downloads a few weeks ago from A-Z, I found lessons that I could really use with him. It was pulling teeth at first, but then the light came on and he produced this final copy…I am SOOOO proud of him, his handwriting is usually awful, and he usually could care less. He didn’t even want to write the final copy (the rough draft was horribly sloppy by the way). I had to drag the 1st two final draft sentences out of him, but then he got into it and copied the last sentences entirely on his own, I couldn’t believe it!

He claims it is thanks to this (Pencil Grip)…He also hated this the first day I gave it to him, but now he claims it is the reason for his new improved handwriting. Who knows? I am just happy.

I broke down…

and I am glad I did. I learned awhile back about Start Write and I wanted to order it right away. I didn’t though, thinking I could live without a $40 program. Well, as P’s handwriting continued to NOT improve much and I really wanted an easy way to do copy work that I create myself, I broke down and clicked “order.” I am SOOO glad I did! I honestly thought P would hate me, he does not like handwriting, but I was quite wrong! He was so excited that the sheets were custom made for him (some with his full name, our address, Bible verses he likes, color words, etc.). He asked me to do more than 1 in a day!
He doesn’t LOVE them as much now that the newness has worn off, but he does it without complaining and doesn’t mind them at all. He even enjoys some of them! I am excited to have this as I prepare for K’s more formal schooling too, it was a $40 well spent, I highly recommend it!

Writing IS fun!!!

P has been telling me for awhile now that he thinks he’d like to be an author/illustrator. He has a few career choices he tells me about randomly and this is one that has seemed to stick for awhile (along with my favorite…”a Jesus Tell Abouter”). When I taught Kindergarten I LOVED teaching writing to the kids. In fact, I actually taught writing to more than just my class because I loved it so much (I swapped classes another teacher so we could both teach what we loved…she loved math, I loved writing). With P I have taken more of an experience approach rather than direct instruction, but he seems to be pushing us ahead, which is fine with me.

Since teaching writing to beginning writers comes naturally for me, I don’t feel the need to have a formal curriculum, just the knowledge in my head of how to guide him forward. Today he went forward by leaps and bounds!
After lunch he went in the schoolroom to draw a picture while I was putting K down for a nap. I commented on the details of his picture and asked if he’s like to write a story to go with it. Usually his answer would be no, but lately he’s been so into this author/illustrator thing I was thinking he might say yes, and he did! Then he concocted this big plan about how he could start a library (book store actually, but he called it a library), and sell his books for $1. He even asked me to make a sign and hang it out on our front door to attract customers.
Now, we live on one of the busiest inner-city streets in our big city (we are missionaries here in case you’re a new reader), so MANY people are seeing this sign, which I think is quite funny.I left the school room to leave him to his “job” and he completed his story on his own, only coming to me a few times for tiny bits of advice. Here is the finished story, entitled, “The Rainbow.”
“Once upon a time, my family went to a rainbow cave and it was great. I really liked it. And my mom and my dad and Kirsten went. It had a big dark slide. We were scared but we liked it.”

After finishing this story it was time to get back to “planned” school, although he was itching to get back to his job as fast as possible. Little did he know that his “job” was actually better than any school I could have planned!!!
During our school time, Kirsten (a teenager who has lived with us for 2 years now, we’re her guardians) came home and became his first customer. And, she was even a character in his story so it was all just too perfect. To say he was EXCITED is a complete understatement! After his first sale, he couldn’t wait to get back to work to produce another book in case another customer came to the door!

Finally he finished school, and went to work and wrote this lovely story…”The Penguin.”
“Penguin Pete travelled a long, long way. Pete got lost. And he got scared, but he never gave up. Then he got home and Pete was glad that he was home at last!”
Isn’t homeschool great?
Oh yea, and if you’d like to buy a story, let me know… ha ha!