Activity Based Writing

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

Making the Most of Every Moment

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

Christmas Round-up

As we gear up for another busy Christmas season, I wanted to provide a round-up of Growing Creative Kids Christmas articles. . . . → Read More: Christmas Round-up

Creativity Lessons from My Mom

In honor of Mother’s day I thought I would post a day earlier than usual and share just a few of the creative lessons I have learned from my mom. . . . → Read More: Creativity Lessons from My Mom

Celebrating February

Every month there is lots to celebrate – official holiday or not, they provide great inspiration for creative activities you can do with your family. February is: Creative Romance Month, Random Acts of Kindness Week and American Heart Month. . . . → Read More: Celebrating February