You'll see lots of story ideas for all ages. Invent your own Animal Ark story, meet an alien and tell us How To Keep Dinosaurs!
Creative Writing Tips
Keep creative writing activities short.
Don't fuss over spelling and grammar; the most important thing is that your kids feel pleased with what they've done. Leave perfection for another day; the best way for you to help with English is to realize there's plenty of time to learn once they've decided they want to.
Find more homeschool creative writing tips here, and you'll see one of my best tips is to follow the 'little and often' approach.
With boys particularly, organized facts and lists seem to go down well.
You'll find lots of free resources, ideas and suggestions to help with handwriting for kids put together from my homeschooling exam forum and suggestions from my facebook fans.
See what your kids choose: poems, songs, their worst summer holiday -
whatever they think of, you should find the perfect prompts for all
sorts of creative writing!
Invent a letter code and send it to your kids friends. This is
still popular with our children William and Catherine in our homeschool.
can even use it as a way to help teaching homeschool math by adding in a number code too!
Nikki shows you how this works in her homeschool; as soon as I saw her idea I knew it was one of those creative writing ideas guaranteed to make writing fun!
"My two younger children have started their own secret missionclub. They have missions they
need to complete, codes to only show one another and no one else can
see them on this mission. To surprise them I have
set up a 10 step mission. I've hid all the clues really good. Hoping it
would take quite some time. I'll post the first step on here. At the end there is a candy bar for each. But they need to share!
Journaling. Keep a homeschool book where you write all your
thoughts and feelings - great for getting creative with English
Catherine's is marked: 'Top Seacret' - I'm not allowed to
see it so I can't correct the spelling!
You can use creative writing prompts for tips to help with ideas; what if your child pretends they're a cat for the day?
Lapbooks. A great way to encourage creative writing ideas for
kids up to High School if you pick the right topic.
Two which might
inspire are our homeschool dinosaur lapbook and life in the Rainforest.
Lists of Facts. This is a winner with my son William; anything from
specifications of planets to the homeschool parts list he needed when he
was learning how to build a robot.
It can get very creative if you include fantasy planets!
Get your child to write a story in speech bubbles. It is no co-incidence that cartoon books like Asterix are so popular!
Tips: Very useful to help encourage English activities because you only need write short sentences at a time.
Younger children can make their own set of TOP TRUMPS and teach themselves math and writing at the same time!
You can see how in our page on homeschool Math Activities. All you need do is pick a topic like Birds or Fish, choose your TOP TEN favorites and then rank them out of ten.
Tips: Choosing categories as prompts like killer rating and TOP TEN DISASTERS always seem to go down well with kids!
Tips: This can sometimes become a little boring if
it only consists of facts, as you'll see if you look at Catherine's
diary entry in our homeschool scheduling, so see how it goes.
This may not seem very creative, but actually
it helps a lot with English spelling and vocabulary, and if you have a
kid who loves to cook, as William does, it's a great way to build on an
interest in food.
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