Last week I posed a question about blogging for school. At the same time, I mentioned to Hubs that I want our daughter to write more and I showed him Jerah’s blog – confessing as I handed him the laptop that I know that I haven’t made Princess write enough, and that I know Joy encourages her children to write often. But that was kinda the point, ya know?
“Look! Look at this! She’s pretty close to [Princess’] age! Here, read it!”
“Yeah, that’s pretty impressive,” he said, “if it really is an eleven year old…” (Please forgive him, he’s naturally skeptical.. and he’s also seen a lot of imposters on the internet. Hey it happens. But not in this case!)
“No, it’s really a 6th grade girl. I have no doubt.”
“Then that’s pretty good.” He paused. “You just need to make [Princess] do more writing assignments.”
Well, Hubs didn’t know that I then posted the blog question about school blogging and that I was trying to determine and plot out how to handle writing assignments in my head. But one of the (very good) differences between me and Hubs is that while I’m trying to figure out how to go about doing something, he goes and does it! So that Monday morning he gave Princess a writing assignment. “I want to see an outline when I get home, okay?”
It was a done deal. And Princess spent all last week working on a short story than can easily be the first chapter in a much longer story. So there. She’s writing. He was going to assign a second one, but there is already a writing assignment in the Language Arts curriculum this week, so that made that easy. But from here on out, there will be at least one (maybe more) writing assignment a week. Hello Writing!
In the meantime, I’ve already instructed Princess to get her short story ready for and up on her blog, and told her this week’s poetry project needs to go up there as well. I’m still trying to decide exactly how we’re going to use her blog in all this, whether it should be public or private or whatever. But for now.. enough thinking, time for doing! So it looks like, for now at least, we’re definitely going to be doing some “Blogging for School.”
What about you? How do you encourage (or plan to encourage) your children to write?