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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Writing Club

I don't have anything deep and philosophical to write today :), but thought I would share with you a home school idea. My boys are in 8th and 11th grade this year. At times they like writing, when they can choose what they want to write about, but not so excited when it is an assignment.

Because of my love of writing I decided to teach a writing club for home school students in our area this year. Nothing big or extensive. We meet once a month. Today was our first time to meet and only one adolescent came. We geared it for 6th - 12th graders. This first month each of the boys (all we currently have) brought along stories/poems that they had written and shared them with the group. They all enjoyed reading their own writing aloud, and hearing appropriate feedback.

Next we talked about the assignment which will be due next month. For their first assignment I chose something fun for them to do. They are creating a comic book that has to feature four different people. Two heroes, a helpless victim and an antagonist. Since we had a small group and were finished with readings early, I allowed them time to start brainstorming about their comic books. I pulled out paper and colored pencils so they could start sketching ideas.

They were excited and so was I as I saw them get interested about the project. Most home school moms I have talked with do not feel confident with teaching writing. I don't know that I do either, but I figured what was important was that they had some guided projects to accomplish, as well as a safe environment where they could share their ideas and be accepted. I have learned that it does not need to be elaborate.

What new endeavor is God calling you to do? Don't be afraid to step out and say "Yes" to His calling.

1 comment:

Sisterlisa said...

hee hee hee You won't believe what He placed on my heart yesterday. I'll have to write to you about it. Thanks for sharing this. how exciting for you to teach writing!