Once a year the local library runs a “Make your Own Book” Competition.  It is aimed at getting kids from the school to write though they have always included us homeschool families.  Over the years our children have done very well and it has become a standard part of our school year.

 

Daniel decided, at the last minute to write a crime story – where the police follow the clues and catch the bad man!

 

Naomi has included her love for adventure with dinosaurs for her story.

 

Jessica has written an historical-fiction story on Weetamoo (an Indian princess)

 

 Joshua has two stories to submit this year – one is Zoom Dog, he has published a few of these short stories on his blog, and the second is an animal story set in medieval times.

 

My plan was to get the kids to spend one week writing and one week publishing but plans always unravel!  Here we are the day before we intend to hand the books in and we are still madly editing, doing artwork, formatting and printing!!  Maybe next year will be less stressful!

 

There are a lot of skills that the children improve on, year after year, with this project

 

1.       Writing skills – I have seen the children progress from simple stories to stories with complex plots or unique voice.    We don’t focus on creative writing in our “school” time – I believe the children write good stories because they have read good stories.  Read more about the nature of Counterfeit Literature

 

  1.  Artwork – over the years the children have used different techniques to illustrate their stories – pencil drawing, paintings, photography, models, clip art, collage

 

  1. Technology / publishing – I have encouraged the children to use the computer as much as they want to in making their books.  The benefits of having their book on computer is that it can be reproduced many times, shared with grandparents and friends.  They have used Word Processor, Publisher, scanners, printers, digital cameras and photocopiers. Oddly enough things always go wrong when you use technology, so there is always has an aspect of problem solving attached – how are we going to solve this difficulty.

 

  1. Working to a deadline – this is real life training.  If they don’t allow enough time at the beginning of the project they will always be rushing, pushing the deadline, if they do manage their time, then there is time to put polish on a project and be relaxed.

 

Publishing your own works is a great learning opportunity.  Other publishing ideas that fit family life

  • Publish a Collection of your children’s stories into one book
  • Publish a series of notebook pages on one topic – My book on Africa for example
  • Publish your own recipe book
  • Publish a book of quotes, devotional thoughts, memory verses

 

Read other ideas for finding a purpose for writing in your lifestyle.

Be Intentional

 Every week I'll email an encouragement to stay intentional and relational in all your family life.  But for now, download your set of reminder posters - posters which I've used over the years to remind me to keep my eyes and heart on what is important.

Thank you for joining me. You have successfully subscribed and will receive an email from me shortly. (You never know which folder emails will land in so keep an eye out for my "Thank you" email.) Stay in touch... Belinda - Live life with your Kids!

Download your worksheet and start working on your family vision statement.

Get the Family Vision Worksheet

I will email you the download link.

The download link is on it's way.

Individual Education Planning Worksheets - brainstorming every area of your child's life.

Get your Planning Worksheets

I will email you the download link so you can start looking at all the different spheres of your child's life before you make any curriculum choices. 

The download link is on it's way.

Get a copy of the Jelly Bean Story

I will email you a download link.  You can print and share this story with your kids and their friends.

The download link is on it's way.

This parent guide helps parents plan family bible study and use discussion techniques to teach the important lessons.

Bible study Guide for Parents

Guide includes tips, planning worksheet, and discussion prompts. I will email you a download link.  

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Obedience looks a bit different as our kids grow older. Download this parent/teen discussion guide to understand this issue of obedience in teen years.

Download your Free Discussion Guide

Don't assume your kids are rebelling - instead talk to them about what Obedience looks like now they are older.  I will email you a download link.  

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Download yourCharacter Certificates

Though true character is driven by internal motivation, our children will appreciate when we see that they are growing in character.

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Download your Character Certificates

Though true character is driven by internal motivation, our children will appreciate when we see that they are growing in character.

The download link is on it's way.

Over 20 different verbal expressions divided into heart or self control to help parents discern these behaviours.

Download your Cheat Sheet

I will send you the link to download this cheat sheet that will help you discern between a heart attitude and a lack of skill.

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Download Grow in Character Worksheets

Download Grow in Character Worksheets

I will email you the download link.

The download link is on it's way.

Download Grow in Character Worksheets

You will receive an email shortly with the details. Watch your inbox.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

Download Parenting Poster

Download Parenting Poster

Learn to respond to your child in a way that changes their heart.

 

I will email you the download link.

The download link is on it's way.

Download Parenting Poster

Download Parenting Poster

 

Learn to respond to your child in a way that changes their heart.

 

I will email you the download link.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

Our children hear different words when we react to when we respond. Do your children hear blah blah blah when you correct them? Includes a parenting poster.

Download Parenting Poster

 

When we Respond instead of React we find a way to deal with the heart not just behaviour.

 

I will email you the download link.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

Pin It on Pinterest