Thursday, November 3, 2011

Home Schooling - To B or not to B - Blogging For Children



Song:  Earth And Heaven

Group:  City Of The Fallen


To write...
 is to express...
 a thought...
an idea...
an observation...
a realization.

It describes what...
 was... was not... or should have been...
is... is not ...or should be...
will... will not... what can be.

It is the outward manifestation of the inner self...
a testimony to the state of mind or emotions of the writer.

As such...
it is a representation of him to the greater world.

Even were a child to have great thoughts...
should he not be able to relay those thoughts to others
in a rational and concise manner...
he would risk not having been heard in the first place.

How well he is able to describe his thoughts...
tells those who read his works much about who he really is.

It is a key component to how future employers judge
 potential candidates for their company.


Practice in writing skills may take many forms.

There are three basic areas of writing which a child will be tasked with early on.

The first one is usually a report of an event or state of being.
It is often a condensation of facts...a synopsis of events.

This is the familiar elementary school report or a current event synopsis.

It is primarily judged on the complete inclusion of pertinent components...
the correct chronological order of them...
and of the brevity in which they were presented.

Alex had written this short synopsis of 9/11 as an entry in his Blog.




A second often tasked writing assignment involves the critiquing of an event.
This often involves the rendering of the event into a descriptive component...
and the supporting of an argumentative component.

The writer will have to try to convince the reader to see something in a particular manner.




The last type often used is the imaginative or free writing exercise.

This is what gives Alex the most trouble.

He sometimes concentrates so much on the generation of material
that the actual structure of his paper starts to break down.


Although Alex had made some errors in this piece of imaginative writing...
we were very pleased with his generation of original material.


We have Alex complete writing exercises on a regular basis.

Not only because of the great importance of writing...
but because this is probably one of Alex's weakest areas academically...
especially in the area of generating original content.

We have a Blogger account just for Alex so he may practice his writing skills.

Blogger is free and it need not be made public.
It may be set as a password protected blog for just family and friends.

This allows the child to write out of pride...
as he knows certain people will be seeing his thoughts and creations.

With positive ego involvement...
his drive to succeed is heightened.

Not only will he wish to write correctly...
he will wish to write more often.

It is this...
as in everything else...
the repetition of the skill to be learned...
that is key.

The problem to solve...
is how to make them enjoy the task so they will do it often
(Mary Poppins anyone...a spoon full of sugar...  :)

We have him publish his writing on Blogger to help motivate him
to develop this all important skill.

He often writes out of pure pleasure because he loves to see our
positive reaction to his writing.

Although it is important to correct mistakes...
it is equally important to point out the things that were done correctly...
and how interesting your child's paper is.

Always remember...
anything you positively reinforce...
a child will repeat for love of that reinforcement.

Later...
he will simply love doing it as he will have 
learned to do it well.



2 comments:

  1. I'm very impressed with Alex's writing, and with his imaginative thinking.

    Giving your son his own Blogger account is a creative idea. It is nice that Alex takes pride in his writing and enjoys writing for you.

    I'll keep that idea in mind for my son... perhaps not just yet, but hopefully in time he will enjoy it, too.

    Your last reminder, about positive reinforcement, is one that I constantly have to work on myself. Too often I only criticize, and need to remember that a spoonful of sugar can be more effective.

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  2. Thank you. Alex's writing is an area of concern for us right now. However, he has improved lately as a result of more practice. Although there is much more work to do...his progress with his free writing pleases us.

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