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April 19, 2007




Very well put. You have articulated so many things in this post.


I'm so pleased to have read this post. As a writer, I also want to share my love for this art with my kids. However, my son also has an aversion to writing down his stories. He loves to tell them and recite dialogue and "scenes" from movies he plans to make someday. Your post brought up some very interesting ideas for introducing and incorporating writing, telling and listening skills into homeschooling and unschooling environments.


You had me worried there for a while, at the beginning of the post. But, then, ahhh, sweet understanding of the various ways one can express their ideas besides pen to paper! I guess I don't have to write a post here on my oldest son's road to writing, through his right-brained, creative methods, now.

And, you may yet find that, suddenly, one day, your son does write traditionally, and very well, like my son did :-) Yet, his writing is still inspired by visual materials.

mahmood Syed

It was very interesting to hear your account of reinforcing whatever dirction childrens imagination takes in order to develop their writing skills. But I believe that it is important to introduce them to basic tools of grammar, i.e. correct word building, prefixes, suffixes,phonemes, morphemes. It should be like a mechano builder, thinking on its feet where the next brick is going.
Mahmood ( Homeschooling tutor)


One of the great things about homeschooling is that we as the parents can work with and for our children's best interests and learn what is best for them with them as we go. The world of education is a smorgasbord and right at our fingertips. My right brained thinkers do not build from the ground up in "the traditional" way. If I tried to make them conceive and produce that way, I would interfere with their own beautiful learning process and they own unique way of being in this world. As a former English teacher, I didn't believe it until I saw it. They may never know the etymology, or the "finer details", and I don't see a need for them to know today, right now. Tomorrow may present a different picture, and we will take tomorrow when it comes. It is never to late to learn anything. In fact, as a former English teacher (and right brainer) who suffered from writer's block for over a decade, I can tell you that focusing on details before finding my ground with my voice and my confidence to speak before and through the written word, interfered with my ability to even be able to pick up the pen to put it to the paper. I have had to unlearn the idea of focusing on details first (and in process)... a commonality that exists way too often when parents and teachers focus on the parts of language before their children can experience language in an empowering way. My children needed me to be their pen for years, and it was not until my daughter turned 10 that she plopped herself down at the computer to compose her own piece. She is now writing a chapter book on her own. She has the words, the story flowing through her into her hands freely. Right brainers get stuck between word and paper and even between word and mouth. Inference in their own natural process with details that can come later can derail them. I have also found, by observing my own children, that the details often take care of themselves by exposure. Then, I have found that certain details that I once thought were important are less important to me today in the grand scheme of things. Did you know that Pokemon characters are named using some Latin roots? A friend pointed that out to me today. I may mention that in conversation to my children who may then ask me what the heck I'm talking about. But I will not connect that to their writing. If they are open, they are ready to learn it. If not, time is on our side. My main objecive today is that they do not fear "picking up that pen" and that their stories and the information they want to share be able to tumble out without being caught on details that could leave them speechless. Right brain learners (like myself and my children) get hung up on details. We need to clean up after the fact, and then we need to be able to build our own contructs in our own time with information that is available to us.

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