For many writers, the month of November is synonymous with NaNoWriMo, a shortened form of National Novel Writing Month. Would-be authors ages 13 and older can go to NaNoWriMo.org to sign on to write a 50,000-word novel in just 30 days. But NaNoWriMo isn’t only for adults and teens; younger writers can also accept the challenge.
The NaNoWriMo’s Young Writer’s Program (http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/) is designed for anyone 17 and younger who has a story to tell. Instead of 50,000 words, participants are permitted to choose their own word count. Parents, then, can choose a number that is reasonable and challenging and well-suited for their particular child. No editing is permitted during the writing process; instead, writers are to focus on quantity as they let ideas flow and creativity take over.
NaNoWriMo produces more than just novels, however. As a result of writing so much in a short time, many students discover that their grammar and spelling have improved and that their self-confidence has increased. They’ve also learned how to manage and complete a big project from beginning to end.
If you’re not sure how to get your child started, don’t worry! The website is full of resources for both parents and teachers. There you’ll find a letter for families, a description of the educator’s role, lesson plans, a downloadable workbook, as well as an online forum where teachers can ask questions and share ideas. A free classroom noveling kit is also available for groups of five or more students for keeping track of their progress. What’s more, elementary students who complete the challenge are eligible to receive a free paperback copy of their story!
November is a couple of weeks away, so there’s still time to sign up — and start writing!
Homeschooling Reading Curriculum by SmartTutor.com
Picture By: Dawn Endico
Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell