As the weather gets nicer and it seems to get dark later, all my son wants to do is play. It’s hard to keep him motivated, especially for his least favorite topic- writing.
I found the solution in the unexpectedly fun and effective jewel of a book Unjournaling, by Dawn DiPrince and Cheryl Miller Thurston.
This book turns writing exercises from humdrum to and fun. As the book suggests we began our first exercise at the beginning of our week, with the hope of accomplishing all the suggested prompts in one week, for full effect.
The first instruction was to write a paragraph about a girl named Dot, without using any letters with dots in 15 minutes. It took us sometime to figure it out but finally he got started. I think it would be a fun exercise to do in a group but this was just as fun, as his story had us rolling.
The next day’s instruction prompted him to subliminally encourage people to buy a car for a car company. Every word had to have the smaller word of car in it, like scar, carton, etc. Each word he used in his message would earn him an imaginary $10. He loved this one!
Every day it got better and in one weeks’ time, we had more writing samples of his own creation than we had as proof for months of trying. Finally, he chose one piece of his writing this week to polish and submit it to a local kids’ newspaper.
Get the book at your library or purchase it here.
Article By Nuria Almeida
Picture By Alexandratx