The Beyblade will spin.
The Beyblade is spinning.
The Beyblade spun.
After watching the videos by Andrew Pudewa, a really cool guy who works with IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing), I have concurred that his advice is correct! He knows a lot about kids and their, “I don’t want to write,” attitude. He gives logical and scientific answers for why – and gives practical tips on how to get your kid interested and make progress, even if it seems slow by the world’s standards (so what?).
Taking some of his advice and taking some of the advice I have read from the book Wild Things, The Art of Nurturing Boys, I am taking the thing my son is interested in most right now, which is Beyblade spinning battle tops, and using them in our school work.
The other day I had him disassemble his masterpieces, lay them in the order you would need them to be in if you were a beginner at building them, and then told him to create a mini manual for me.
His handwriting isn’t the greatest but this no longer bothers me. I don’t try to correct his spelling, grammar or handwriting right away either, as it is a hindrance to the creativity and motivation department. I do that part later on.
Each person has to do what is best for them, but I do know Andrew Pudewa had much to say on this matter and it was so inspiring to me – like a breathe of fresh air!
I don’t now if I found his studies and advice extra awesome because I am a writer myself, but I did, and I was “amen-ing” him the whole way through those videos us moms watched as we prepared for the Essentials class (with Classical Conversations).
Some of the things he was saying, I had already been implementing in my daily journaling and blogging!
So if you are a mom who is feeling guilty for not doing more, are concerned there is something wrong with your child’s level of learning or simply need some encouragement to pass on, I kindly urge you to check out some of his stuff.
Not only did this assignment surprise my son, it sparked his natural energies and creativity. He immediately laid down and being working on it.
I have also used things like this when doing his KWO (key word outlines) we have been learning about this year. You can read a sample of one here. Note that they are only for preview and not print. It is a lot to take in, so if the first few pages are confusing, try scrolling straight down to page 10 and see exactly what mean by KWO. It is really neat and you learn a lot by using this method.
Pst…this eventually turned into a Physics lesson!
Do you have any cool ideas for getting kids pumped about writing?
Feel free to share them below, I am always seeking out new ways to show my kids learning is fun.