This week as I was shopping at the grocery store, I stopped for a few minutes to talk with the lady giving out samples of chocolate milk. Though the course of our conversation, I learned that she grew up as a tomboy, was a cheerleader in high school, had a brother who was once an Olympic hopeful, had been married to a pro-football player, worked for a pro-football team, and help Max Baer learn his lines for his reading for the part of Jethro on The Beverly Hillbillies. I also learned she moved to our area to be close to grandchildren and liked to rollerblade until she was 67 years old and broke her arm doing so.
“You should write a book!” I exclaimed, and she laughed. “Well, maybe you could write it down for your children,” I said.
“Oh, I have,” she assured me.
What an interesting life! I thought as I left the store. Then I thought, But you know, everyone has a story to tell.
Homeschoolers have a story to tell, too! Though our days may often seem uneventful as we get up, do chores, feed pets, and work on lessons, there are always things going on around the home. What about the time the pet mouse got out and it took three children to catch it? Or the time the kids found a tiny puddle full of tadpoles? Or the time the youngest piled a stack of pillows as high as he could and tried to ride them like a horse?
This year, take advantage of those moments, and have your students write down that story! It can be as simple as taking a photo and writing a short caption or as complex as writing a narrative about the event. You might set aside some time once a week for your child to write, or you could add it to the schedule when something interesting occurs. Either way, not only will you get in some extra handwriting, grammar, and creative writing practice, you’ll have a keepsake the whole family will treasure for years to come.
Article by Samantha Bell
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