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Episode 23: Using NaNoWriMo in your Homeschool

This week I want to encourage everyone to take advantage of the upcoming NaNoWriMo project (National Novel Writing Month) that takes place every November. This is a great FREE resource to encourage writing. It's often a gateway to writing for many people and can really lead to success in the writing world. I've known a few people that have had great success using NaNoWriMo to write their first novel.

Moira Ward was interviewed last month on writing and she started out with NaNoWriMo too. Don't forget to check out her work on her web site.

NaNoWriMo has lots of great FREE resources that can be used in a variety of ways and I encourage you to check them out to see if some of the activities will work for your student. You can use some of the more structured lessons or leave that all behind and just write! Follow your child's lead. Be sure to leave the editing out of this! This is all about getting their ideas on paper and their voice heard. You can deal with grammar and spelling later. This is all about getting their ideas on paper.

Both these links have GREAT information for educators

Make this fun and cater to your child. If they want colored paper, color pencils, blank books, etc. then let them use whatever they like. You can set goals according to your child's style. You can have a time limit each day, a certain number of words each day, fill a page each day, etc. Don't stress about the details, just make it a fun special writing event. I encourage the parent to write WITH the child each day and take the time to really engage in the activity. You also might want to make it special and have some treats to eat or tea while you write or light a candle on the table, etc. Make this as much or as little as you think your child will respond to.

I didn't mention the upcoming Gameschool conference being held in Irvine, Ca Feburary 1-3 this week but here's a link to their site so you can learn more about it and take advantage of their early bird registration discount ending Oct. 31. I will definitely be there!

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