Homeschool Writing Curriculum

A formal homeschool writing curriculum does not exist in our home. However, all my children can write. I've always taught them that writing should be regular, just like how we, as people, talk. It should be conversational.

One of my kids authored a little book without writing. When he was only four (4) years old, he told me a make-believe story that I thought was cute, and so while he was telling me the story, I quickly scribbled it and decided to publish the book for him. It was funny because I didn't get everything at first (my kid can talk faster than I can scribble), so he helped me edit his little book. I wanted to make sure that I was scribbling his ideas correctly.

Homeschool Writing Curriculum, Our Way

So, our made-up homeschool writing curriculum started with the children doing scribbles and lines and drawing stories and all that. We also had handwriting incorporated with worksheets and all. I've made my handwriting worksheets, but I've also used the Good and the Beautiful handwriting worksheets, which you can buy at a minimal cost.

I had terrible handwriting, like a chicken scratch, when I was young. So, when I went to engineering school, it was great that we were taught to practice writing almost daily. We had to write all the block letters and numbers on paper to the best we could. And so, that is what I also did to my children. My reason was, "If my handwriting has improved at 16 years old, they would have better handwriting than me if they started much younger."

So it won't be boring, I decided to get them to write one page of the scripture stories book on a clean sheet of paper that they loved reading. This way, they are reading the scripture stories and learning from them. At the same time, they are also practicing their writing skills learning grammar and sentence structure.

I got them to write in their journals daily when they were old enough. Of course, the weekend was an exemption if they didn't feel like writing. However, some still write in their journals, even on weekends.

We had spelling exercises at least twice a week and some grammar lessons each week. This was part of our homeschool writing curriculum. We also read many books and watched educational videos to teach them about public speaking and different delivery styles. The children also write a report every week of what they have learned during the week through a blog that they maintain.

Later on, the children had to do projects as part of our homeschool writing curriculum. The project was writing a book. During the year, we always take photos or videos of them. And from those photos, they write about what they can remember about the experiences. We have been doing this in the last term of the year.

Before we started homeschooling the children a few years ago, I enrolled in some courses about self-publishing a book. I didn't do it for myself, but it was more for my family and friends who were good at writing. If I learned how to do it, then I would be able to get them to do it. However, it was so easy that I got hooked on it. At the moment, I'm editing my autobiography book, which took me four years to write. One of the reasons that I like this book project for the children is that it is an excellent way for them to keep a record of their homeschool life by writing their stories while they are young and have a lot of time to do it. Of course, it's also for family history record purposes.

Handwriting Improvement

Our Homeschool Writing Curriculum Projects

Listed below are some samples of our homeschool writing curriculum projects:

Our Trip To The Bendigo Botanical Gardens

Life is Good: My adventures in 2014

Jimjim Goes to the Playground

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