In July, Growing Creative Kids will be turning 5 years old. In internet years, this is a long time. I look around now at all the exciting options that I didn’t have in 2010 when I started this site, and I see a new world to embrace and the opportunity for Growing Creative Kids to do some growing ourselves!
We are planting some seeds for a whole new Growing Creative Kids experience! Over the next several months we will be overhauling our entire site to make it more interactive and user friendly. Some exciting changes we are working on:
* A totally new site design with a mobile responsive theme so you can take Growing Creative Kids with you on the go.
* New content – more often! The last couple of years I have been busy teaching and running non-profit programming and my true passion (this site) hasn’t been getting the updating and love it deserves. I am making a commitment to you and myself to post more often and on a regular schedule.
* Expand my sales of e-books to include more offerings such as activity guides, printables, courses, and online resources to help you grow creative kids. This will allow me to pay my hosting fees and hopefully be able to turn Growing Creative Kids into a full time job to support my family.
* Reaching out to and collaborating with fellow creators in the spaces of parenting, creativity and education to build a vibrant community.
* My stretch goal: Create a Growing Creative Kids Podcast!
If there is anything you would like to see included in the new and improved Growing Creative Kids site, please post a comment or contact me
I had a great discussion with a home school dad about how to incorporate more writing into lessons and how “Writing Prompts” often fail with his kids. I suggested taking a more activity based approach. I don’t really agree with the idea that all subjects should be broken up into distinct and different subjects. I think writing should be a means to an end, not the end goal – it is a tool. Here are some quick activity-based writing ideas I suggested he try.
1. Have the kids help you write a “Menu” for your daily dinners that can be presented to the rest of the family -perhaps with a fresh picked daisy or two to decorate the table to build up the “restaurant” theme. This will get the kids using descriptive language and build their vocabulary and add a special flavor to family dinner.
2. Coded Messages – choose an age/skill appropriate code or cypher to teach the kids and have them write a few sentences in code to exchange with each other. This idea can be recycled using different codes for as long as it holds their interest. Combined with a history lesson, maybe creating a Celtic inspired . . . → Read More: Activity Based Writing
I believe there are two keys to making the most of every moment. The first is to have a concrete understanding of time and where it goes, and the second is once you know where it goes to actively choose to enjoy the time you have. Here are some strategies you can use. . . . → Read More: Making the Most of Every Moment
The Internet offers a wealth of resources for parents who wish to connect with other parents and those who work with children . . . → Read More: Internet Networking for Parents